• 31 Mar 2009 /  Art Quilts

    This past weekend, after months of on-again, off-again stitching, I finished the smaller of two wall hangings inspired by the ceramics of William De Morgan. De Morgan was the foremost ceramic artist of the Arts & Crafts Movement, and a close friend of William Morris. I am especially enamored of his animal designs, which are reminiscent of those in Medieval illuminated manuscripts, another area of great interest for me.

    This wall hanging is modeled on a two-tile design that De Morgan called a dragon. To me, it’s clearly a gryphon. You can see the original tiles at the De Morgan Centre website: http://www.demorgan.org.uk/. On the right side of the home page, scroll down to the last thumbnail image and click to see the tiles.

  • 24 Nov 2008 /  Art Quilts

    DH snapped this picture of me hard at work in my (messy but colorful) studio. Hey, it’s a creative mess, anyway!

  • 23 Nov 2008 /  Fabric Postcards and ATCs

    Another Yahoo Trade Group Project – this one for fiber landscape postcards. They go out in the mail tomorrow. I like this one best.

    Fiber Landscape Postcard

    Fiber Landscape Postcard

  • 06 Nov 2008 /  Fabric Postcards and ATCs

    One of the latest trades in one of the fiber art Yahoo groups I’m in was for “Autumn” themed bookmarks. This was a fun project for me. Autumn is my favorite season, and I love the colors. Here’s one of my bookmarks:

    Autumn Bookmark for the Fiber Art Traders Swap

    Autumn Bookmark for the Fiber Art Traders Swap

  • 20 Oct 2008 /  Art Quilts

    Last Thursday and Friday, I had FUN! Thursday afternoon after work I drove down to San Jose and met a friend from my high school days. We had a lot of laughs recounting our infamous trip across Europe in 1972 with the California Girls Choir. Let me just say that I think we took about 20 years off the choir director’s life. Ah, youth!

    Anyway, my friend put me up for the night, and early Friday morning (there are not too many things I will happily do “early” for – they call it the Crap of Dawn for a good reason, you know) I drove over to the Santa Clara Convention Center for the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

    This is a BIG show held once a year. Not as big as Houston, but big enough. It was truly amazing to see so much incredible color, texture, and creativity in one place. The show never fails to both inspire and humble me. I also attended a great workshop taught by Laura Wasilowski called “Tiny Homes and Gardens.” We made wacky little quilts using her hand-dyed fabrics and fusible web. There were no real rules and observing the laws of physics was completely optional.

    I had seen Laura on an episode of The Quilt Show, the web show that Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson do together. It costs to view the episodes, but let me tell you, it is money very well spent! Anyway, Laura was such a delight on the show, that I knew I wanted to take a workshop from her.

    Now I’m back to the salt mines, but refreshed! More pictures soon, I hope.


  • 14 Oct 2008 /  Fabric Postcards and ATCs

    Here is the whole set of fabric postcards I will be putting in the mail tomorrow!

  • 14 Oct 2008 /  Fabric Postcards and ATCs

    This past weekend – a lovely FOUR DAYS – I finished the fabric postcards for one of the Yahoo Groups I belong to. Participants picked a word from a long list of possibilities – I chose “dragon” – and made four fabric postcards for that word. Yes, they can be mailed with a stamp, just like a “regular” postcard. I will send one each to four other people in the group and will receive four different postcards from the other participants – each expressing his/her word of choice. My cards are going to England, Australia, and South Carolina! Here is a close-up of one of them!

  • 30 Sep 2008 /  Art Quilts

    My second “Summer Where I Live” was about 12″ x 15″ inches – but I didn’t like it. My solution for that was to cut it up into pieces, bind those, insert eyelets into the corners and connect the sections with copper chain. I still need to decide how to hang it. Maybe on a small branch? Commercial and hand-dyed fabrics, Shiva paintsticks, pigment ink, metallic ink, machine quilted with cotton, polyester, and rayon threads.

  • 30 Sep 2008 /  Art Quilts

    The first week of June I had the privilege of attending an Art Quilt Retreat at Ricky Tims’ Studio in La Veta, Colorado. What a blast! There were nine of us attending that week, and we really bonded. Ricky and his partner Justin are the warmest, most down-to-earth people you would ever want to meet, and they treated us grandly. Our group named ourselves the “Nine Hoz Quilting” (long story and not what it sounds like) and are planning to meet again in La Veta next July. Meanwhile, we’re having our first challenge – a mini-quilt entitled, “Summer Where I Live.” I ended up with two.

    Here is the first – commercial and hand-dyed fabrics, machine pieced, hand appliqued, machine and hand quilted. Approximately 8″ x 10″:

  • 14 Sep 2008 /  Fabric Postcards and ATCs

    Just finished my contribution to the Fiber Art Traders Triptych Postcard Trade. The theme was “Your Vision of Home.” Mine is called “Cat House” because “Home is Where the Cat Is.”"Cat House"