Thursday, April 30, 2009


I've managed to squeeze in a little stitching and sorting time..
This is a completed quilt top from Dinah Jefferies' patterns:

All of this is hand-turned applique, and it's taken me months and months to do, I always feel like I should hand quilt these, but I may be able to over come that idea!

I loved doing those ruched flowers.. pure joy!

I do still keep up the traditional quilt making, but have also worked on art quilting as well, I'm a fence walker to the end.
Here's a landscape quilt in progress:

I'm machine appliqueing the top, then I'll go back and layer hand stitching for the smaller details..

Amazing what you find as you clean and sort your stash. All of these fabrics were hand-dyed and/or discharged by me, I loved doing the discharge fabric especially. I love the result, it's the black/star patterned stuff here..

Monday, April 27, 2009


I have an ongoing love affair with the UK. We had the great privilege of living outside of London for 3 years, back in the 90's and I love, loved it. I drove on the other side of the road, I ate ploughman's lunches in some of the most wonderful pubs. I developed a taste for Guinness, and most of all I loved the gardens.

I love Laura Ashely, and miss her , here in the states. I know that's all out of fashion now, but who cares? The photo above is from a shop which reminds me of L.A., I would love to shop at Cabbages and Roses, I think I'd do a lot of damage there to my checking account..

I watched the end of "Little Dorrit" last night on PBS with this *ahem* actor (Matthew MacFadyen) as Arthur Clennam, sheer delight.
Oh yes, I'd have my breakfast room look like this:

Cabbages and Roses, again..

And I frolic around the garden in my summer frock, like this:
(cabbages and roses, yet again)
Back to reality, making PB & J's for the kiddies.. London will have to wait.

Friday, April 24, 2009


There are moments in making art that you hit the 'ugly' stage. I call it the chaos before the beauty. The background work, the cutting up of things, pinning, painting, editing. It's the stuff that needs to be done, but it's not the icing and sequin stage.

I think even abstract artist go through this. It's the stage where we all want to trash what we've worked on because it's not 'there' yet.

When I started quilting, a very wise lady said you have to enjoy the process as much (more?) than the product. I believe that is very true. I think that applies to a lot of things. Exercise for example..or art..

These are various shots of my new painting studio, with pieces of art in various stages, some in the 'ugly' stage some finished..

I love the process, at least in art-making. I like the slow, deliberate-ness of it. I was always amazed, when in art school at students who would spend hour upon hour on one painting, never breaking, just on and on.. I work a bit differently. On several at once, layer, study, let sit, dry, layer etc..
Good news as well I will soon be a member of this gallery, hopefully by May!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

photos of gallery opening..

Some photos of the opening at WideRiver Gallery of my work and fellow artist, Andrea Clement..

A good night and much 'art speak' going on.. enjoy!

Friday, April 17, 2009

sketch book

I still keep a sketchbook. It's about the closest thing I get to a journal. I'd love to do the journal quilt thing..maybe the summer.. If nothing else gets done during the day, I at least try and put something in a sketch book. I have stacks of them. Ideas that will never see the light of day..

Mixed media is happening lately. These are pencil/guache/wax on paper. I wish I had Dumbledore's pensive, he pulls those things out of his brain and stores them in that magic bowl of his..

Saturday, April 11, 2009

all is well.

My fabric and wire/paper/thread piece.."Paul" 20x24" mounted on canvas.. May this Easter Sunday be a wonderful one.

Friday, April 10, 2009

good friday

The Maker of man was made man, that the Ruler of the stars might suck at the breast, that the Bread might be hungered; the Fountain, thirst; the Light, sleep; the Way, be wearied by the journey; the Truth, be accused by false witness; the Judge of the living and the dead, be judged by a mortal judge; the Chastener, be chastised with whips; the Vine, be crowned with thorns; the Foundation, be hung upon the tree; Strength, be made weak; Health, be wounded; life, die. To suffer these and suchlike things, undeserved things, that He might free the undeserving, for neither did He deserve any evil, who for our sakes endured so many evils, nor were we deserving of anything good, we who through Him received such good.
-St Augustine

Thursday, April 9, 2009


At WideRiver Gallery in Colonial Beach, VA!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

old stuff

What is it about old things? I love them so much. Don't get me wrong, I love technology too, computer, antibiotics, feminine hygiene products..But I see an old machine, rusty, dusty and crusty and I go all wobbly-knees! My entire studio is a new creation, and I've started going though the 1/2 metric tons of stuff, and lo, look what appears! Why did I keep this? It works, but not well. Does anyone repair these things anymore? I don't think I can bear to part with it. I bent my fingers typing term papers on this. There is probably more white out than I can imagine used here! Ok, keeping it...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

to the gallery

"Bathsheba"20x20" oil on canvas, is one of 12 of my paintings, and 6 of my fiber pieces headed to the WideRiver Gallery, in Colonial Beach, Va. for an April show! I'm so excited! Sorry this picture is bad, I'll post some better shots soon, including the show when it's hung..

Oh and I am listening to this magnificent piece of music: