Thursday, September 5, 2019

National Quilt Museum Sampler 55" x 70"

Sometimes a project shows up on my computer that tickles my fancy, and this one was somewhat outside my wheelhouse because I haven't done a sampler since 2005.  But the blocks intrigued me because some of them were based on famous art such as Hokusai's View of Mt. Fuji and Van Gogh's Starry Night.  Some of them taught me new skills such as the hand pieced diamonds, or used skills I already own such as improvisational piecing and paper piecing.  The most unusual was the Pine Burr Block in the detail shot.  It's very dimensional because each little triangle is a square folded in fourths thus making it a pile.  

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Shells on the Beach 30" x 40"

First a little navel-gazing.  Why do I bother with this blog?  Obviously I don't give it much attention, partly because I don't create quilts as much as I used to.  Well, yes, I do have the odd project or two or more always on the back burner.  For some reason I have yet to pin down, I don't dig it as much as I used to.  Arthritic hands are a deterrent.  

There have been zero comments for a very long while, which makes it feel like my infrequent postings are wafting into a great void.  Of course, I have done nothing to improve or upgrade this ancient blog because I don't know how.  Then, every once in a great while, I'll receive a message from some intrepid soul who found my blog after probably hours and hours of surfing around the web.  (Is surfing even the right term anymore?)

I do post my few finishes on a Pinterest board I've titled "Moi."  (Sorry.  Don't know how to link.)
And Pinterest lets me know pretty frequently that people have liked my work enough to pin it for themselves.  Fun!

So the art quilt above I created to enter a panel competition in the Seven Sisters Quilt Show in San Luis Obispo, CA.  I composed it using ideas from the book Double Vision Quilts by Louisa Smith.  The shapes are meant to be abalone shells which I cut from enlarged images of the iridescent interiors of said shells.

I didn't win the competition, but my quilt was chosen to be the advertising image for Seven Sisters 2020.  It will be the raffle prize for show visitors willing to fill out a form letting us know how they learned about the show.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

"La Frontera" 30" x 35" and "Meltdown" 30" x 40"

La Frontera


My artist group Cutting Edge is planning a group exhibit at Pacific International Quilt Festival 2019.
We chose "Words Fail" as our group theme.  There are so many humanitarian crises, political outrages, and human-caused natural disasters that could fit that label!  Somehow I narrowed my choices down to two.

The border between the U.S. and Mexico us under attack from both sides.  Desperate people are willing to risk everything to seek asylum and peace to the north.  But hateful antipathy and xenophobia from the U.S. government wants to slam the door on them with the claim that "this country is full!"  We are a nation whose prosperity has been built on the labor of immigrants and slaves and their descendants.  We do have room for today's "wretched refuse."

However, it's possible, even likely, the human species along with most others will become "wretched refuse" by the end of this century.  Our dependence on fossil fuels dooms our planet to become uninhabitable to most life forms.  It's happening before our very eyes as glaciers and ice sheets are melting more rapidly than ever known with many irreversible consequences to the earth.

I cannot expect my puny stitching efforts to make a difference.  I can only memorialize these frightening moments.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


 Balanced  12" x 12"
Balancing Act  12" x 12"

Stones have been a recurring motif in my work since my son died 7 years ago.  I have no good explanation.  Often on my walks along the coast I find rock cairns.  Someone else out there loves stones too, and they like to create these ephemeral sculptures.  Balance, even temporary, seems to be
a common human pursuit.  Most certainly a healthy one.

Friday, March 8, 2019


16" x 20"

16" x 16"

In response to a Call for Entry themed "Wellspring" I created the larger piece on top.  Then I reread the prospectus and discovered it was too long.  Hence the square version below.

Recently my photographer husband has been shooting macro images of the iridescent interiors of abalone shells and then having them printed on satin by Spoonflower.  Both of these pieces utilize some of that gorgeous fabric. 

Hopefully the smaller one will be curated into the exhibit some time next month.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Target Practice 60"x60"

I love to piece improvisationally.  For this quilt I used a collection of "shot" cottons in which the warp threads and the weft threads are two different colors.  They are lightweight and lend themselves to easily seaming free hand cut curves.  If you happen to be a non-quilter reading this, I hope you enjoy the colors and loose lines.  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Snowy Plover 16" x 20"

For this collage piece, I used a remnant of very loosely woven wool, black felt,  photos of little snowy plovers that live on our local beaches, and hand embroidery.  Instead of making it an art quilt, I mounted the finished stitchery onto stretcher bars.  As soon as I finished, it flew away to become part of a private collection.