Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Back in the Studio

After a couple of months of little activity in my studio, I am back at work with determination to create every day. This photo is of a piece I did for the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge. It was created by working with a piece of batik fabric to create amoeba like objects from thread and paint.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A new journal - using Lutrador

Today I worked some more with Lutrador which has some wonderful qualities. The upper photo shows the underlying fabric base which peeps through the Lutrador in the most wonderful way. The lower photo shows painted and stamped Lutrador applied to the base of a journal cover.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Gathering of Friends Who Love Fiber and Fiber Art

Today I had the good fortune to attend a gathering organized by my fiber loving friends Patsy, Pam, and Fran. We shared wonderful quilts, clay sculptures, art quilts, a new quilter's in process applique, clothing, antique notions, knitted socks, a painting, needle tatted accessories, small knit beaded bags, knit socks, home dec fabric bags, felted knit wool bags, and a bag of leather.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Triad Color Scheme using Water Soluble Wax Pastels

Happily, I completed a Fast Friday Fabric Challenge in less than a week. This month's color challenge was to use a triadic color scheme -green, purple, orange. The composition challenge was to use pattern and/or texture - grid pattern created by the black outlined blocks and alternating horizontal and vertical strokes of the watersoluble wax pastels and quilting of the horizontal grids and the flower.
This is not a color scheme or a style I would typically use. Fun is the right word to describe its creation.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Door #1

On Monday, I will be putting this in the mail to Martha Sielman of SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Association, Executive Director, for inclusion in the 2009 SAQA Auction. The color is not quite accurate in this photo. I enjoyed working on it. It is a screenprinted piece from an April workshop combined with commercial fabrics.

The auction is a major fundraiser for SAQA whose purpose is to promote art quilts and art quilters. You can find more information at

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Spring Hyacinth I

It has been a long time since I posted anything here. (I thought it had only been 3 weeks.) Oh, well! I have been working. In May two quilts were completed. One was a bed quilt for a charity auction.. Unfortunately, possibly because of finishing it at the last minute, no picture exists. The other piece, completed for an art sale at a fund raiser, is a 16" piece based on a photo of some hyacinths seen in Elizabeth Park in West Hartford this past March. It is the first piece I have prepared to hang by wrapping it on stretcher bars. I was striving for the look of a sketch on top of the quilt grid.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Music Makes My Heart Sing

Another Fast Friday Fabric Challenge. This time the challenge was to use a split complimentary color scheme and to incorporate an S-curve. A fun challenge which I enjoyed doing.

I attempted to contrast a sense of an older time with a more contemporary time. The straightest curve in the G clef was repeated in the seam of the two sections. The black and white stripes started with 1" strips. Some handstitching was added around the transfers of the song sheet covers and also added in the lower left hand corner.

I look forward to the next challenge from this group.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wildflowers Show Up Everywhere

Wildflowers often appear in unexpected places bringing beauty to all who see them.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Time Echoes

This was my first attempt at Ozymandias. Was trying to illustrate the degradation of things over time.


My art group put forth a challenge to interpret a poem. I chose Shelly's "Ozymandias". Here is the result. Actually it is the second result. The first is still in process and is more abstract. One of the world's great poems, it provokes thought about man's arrogance and the fleeting existence of our 'great works'.

Playing with Tsukineko inks. Painted desert and pyramid. Quilted following shapes. Then added the crumbling statue, using a technique suggested by Cyndi Souder. Was a fun little project in response to a challenge to interpret a poem.

Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts

These two quilts, "Together We Can Bridge the Divide" and "More Than Ever, A Beacon of Hope" are currently on exhibit at the Cafritz Gallery at Montgomery College.

If you are in the Silver Spring, MD, area over the next couple of week, be sure to take a look at this exhibit:

President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts
Location: Cafritz Art Center, 150 King St., Silver Spring, MD
Dates: February 9 - March 5, 2009
Here is the story of this exhibit:

Susan Walen was bringing her Obama quilt home from the Bethesda headquarters of the campaign, wondering how many other “quilts of joy” about the election were being made. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could all be shown together, in D.C.? She sent out a call for quilts on major web sites (SAQA and ArtQuilt) and within 30 hours, over 40 quiltmakers responded. Now, we present a show from more than 60 of us: a grass-roots, multi-ethnic, all-volunteer group of women from all around the US and as far away as Australia. This is a quilt show of amazing diversity -- among the quilters and their art. Our extraordinary diversity mirrors the diversity and international support that Obama’s election has generated.

The works in this show are art quilts, distant descendants of the folk art tradition. Visitors will discover how contemporary fiber artists have translated and transformed this tradition to create a dynamic collection of fiber art work, all of a common theme: celebrating this historic election. Artists in this show use a wide range of techniques including painting on fabric, fabric dyeing, photography, beadwork, appliqué, stitching, embroidery, and digital transfer. Most of the artists work individuals, but one quilt is made by a small group (the Pixiladies), and another by a 10-person group (Fiber Artists for Obama). Most of the quilts will have their first showing here, but some have already been shown at a major quilt show in Houston.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Her Coat of Many Generations - 14" x 14"

Just made available today - the E Pluribus Unum 2 Quiltart List Challenge online exhibit. This work was completed in November 2008.

To view the entire exhibit go to

Below is the statement which accompanied my entry.

"In our family it is hard to clearly identify our ethnic background. We think it is mostly northern European. Many generations of women have lived in this country through good times and bad. We are a family of strong women. Fabrics representing different eras – from 1830’s until 2000’s, show us ‘threads that weave and bind’ us all together."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Abstract Feather - 20" x 15"

This work was done in response to a group challenge to interpret a photograph of a duck in water. I abstracted a portion of one of the feathers on the duck and here is the completed work.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Blue Shapes - 8" x 10"

A piece done last November. Was done as the result of a challenge to get a piece done in a week. Actually had less than a week. Took a shortcut in that I printed the fabric. The result of playing in Photoshop layers. A monochromatic color scheme with a focus on perspective. Printed out the fabric, quilted, added some hand stitching around some of the shapes. Fun to do. May do some modifications to create a larger piece with more fabrics.