Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Guitar Study. 13"x13" and 13"x17"

In preparation for a larger quilt featuring a positive/negative guitar shape, I thought it would be wise to make a smaller version in order to work out how to do it.  For some reason I was surprised by the weird shapes that emerged in the peachy color.  But I like how the guitars emerge and recede depending on how you look at it.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Death Valley Throw

Death Valley is not a place I enjoy spending a lot of time.  Too hot.  Too dry.  No shade.  It challenges me to sacrifice comfort for its magnificent vastness and vistas.  For a quilter who lusts after color in all its luscious hues and shades, Death Valley's muted palette trims the menu.   And yet, Death Valley, deadly for the unprepared and heartbreaking in its sere beauty, is a cathedral for the spiritually aware and patient visitor.

As I gathered and stitched the fabrics for the front of this quilt, my memories and impressions of Death Valley emerged in my color choices.  Below is the back of the quilt which I chose to piece in big chunks of fabrics that perhaps would make it fun to flip the quilt over.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Montaña de Oro (Google Earthed). 30"x40"

Members of my local artist group Cutting Edge are preparing for a group exhibit at the October 2017 Pacific International Quilt Fest in Santa Clara.  We chose the theme "Montaña de Oro" with the emphasis on the "Oro" and not necessarily the state park of the same name.  However, because the Park is such an important part of my life, my piece needed to be inspired by that gorgeous stretch of coast.

Last May I joined a group of citizen scientists monitoring the nests and chicks of the iconic shorebird called Black Oystercatchers in Montaña de Oro State Park.  I was handed some alarmingly complicated forms upon which to record my observations, and some wonderful Google Earth maps of the park.  At last I had my quilt idea.  For anyone familiar with the park, that blue indentation in the middle is Spooner's Cove where the bluff trailhead sends intrepid hikers along a path of sublime scenic beauty.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Art with Grandma

So much fun to be artists with my granddaughters.  Up in Bishop we tried "hair chalk," which showed up beautifully on Bridget's golden locks.  But not so well on my silver streaks.  However, the very warm sunshine was perfect for sun prints with both Bridget and little Brynn.  Back home in Los Osos, Reaghan came over with a handful of papers she wanted to paint.  Good thing Grandpa had an old teeshirt handy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The World is a Rose. 12"x12"

"The world is a rose.  Smell it and pass it to your friends."  Persian proverb
The annual SAQA Benefit Auction deadline snuck up on me this year.  I have donated for more years than I can remember, so when they gently reminded me the due date was fast approaching I dug deep.

This little quilt was begun years ago but only recently finished.  I photographed a rose, printed it on fabric, and machine quilted all over it.  What took so long was the hand beading on the petals, which you can't see too well in the detail shot.  Because I don't see that well anymore either, it's my beading swan song.

Here's my latest Tad Dah! moment.  My piece "I Pledge"(see previous post on 4/22) made the cut for the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibit.  I'm extremely honored that I get to hang out with some big talent.  To say nothing of the passionate and timely messages illustrated therein.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Night Lights. 19" x 21"

Just playing around with leftover bits that like each other.  I love improv.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I Pledge

#45 has done nothing in his first 100 days to weaken my resolve.  I pledge allegiance to the earth, the only home we have.