Friday, November 27, 2015

Cairns, Montaña de Oro

Of all the things people leave behind, I love finding cairns on my hikes along the coast.  Stones scoured by wind and waves are reconfigured into temporary sculptures that never look out of place.  Patience rewarded by balance.  Something to aspire to.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Coffee and Autumn Postmark'd Art

For Round 23 of Postmark'd Art I chose the Coffee and Autumn themes.  My fused coffee cups are backed by muslin I stained with a real cup dipped in the bottom of our coffee pot.  Then I carved beans on an eraser for stamping.  The scrappy pumpkins are all fused and machine stitched.  What's not to love about Autumn?

Friday, October 2, 2015


Historically I will not post my quilt work unless it is completed.  But at my current rate of sewing, that would be never.  In a scrappy mood these days, I've been wrestling my leftover bits and pieces into submission as bed quilts to give as gifts.  These three tops await quilting, which I confess is not my favorite part of the process.  But what good are they without it?

The feathers on the left are from Anna Maria Horner's pattern.  The triangles on the right are because I found a 60* triangle ruler for a dollar.  And the middle top is just cuz.  Now I need to set a goal date by which to have them all done.  As a friend of mine always says, "Goals are good."

In the meantime I'm in training to be a rovering docent at Montaña de Oro State Park.  That means I'll be walking the bluff trail several times a week talking to other hikers who might want to know more about our gorgeous stretch of coast.  If only I could set up my sewing machine out there I'd have these three quilts done lickety-split.

Some very uplifting 12 inch "Art Quilt" sold for $250 in the SAQA Benefit Auction!  Wow!

Thursday, September 10, 2015


This has been an outstanding year for whale watching on the California central coast, most especially the humpbacks.  They've been coming in close to feed on zillions of tiny anchovies.  See the escapees in the second shot?  No, I don't plan to make any whale quilts.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ribbon Quilt for Lesley 6" x 36"

My friend Lesley requested that for her upcoming birthday, each member of our friendship group make her a "ribbon quilt".  She really liked my twisted 4 patches in these colors, so I didn't have to think long about my gift for her.  (I'm pretty sure she doesn't look at my blog, so it's safe to post.)

On the subject of posting, I admit I have been very slow to update this blog lately.  That's because my creative life has taken a back seat to other needs and projects.  Without going into specifics, my family has needed me quite a bit, plus my stretch of the gorgeous California coast is a never-ending source of distraction.

So why keep this blog going?  Good question.  Simply put, my handful of followers are precious and patient, and their compliments make me feel worthy.  Thus, reduced productivity nothwithstanding,
I'll blog on when the spirit moves me.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Art Quilt 12" x 12"

Despite its diminutive size, I'm posting this large because I hope you can appreciate the subtlety of the second word quilted into it.  This work is my contribution to the SAQA 2015 Benefit Auction, which begins in September.  I was worried that the quilted word wouldn't show up in the photo posted on their site, and I was right.

Some while ago, there was a lengthy discussion in the SAQA Yahoo group about whether to use the term quilt in descriptions of our art form.  For some people the term defaults to "my grandma made quilts" so therefore it's not helpful to use it.  Others are proud to be connected by stitch to a long and rich tradition.  This little piece is my response to that discussion.  Oh, and I'm a grandma who makes quilts.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Feathers for Linda 20"x 40"

How much do I appreciate having good friends like Linda M. in my life?  I made this table topper for her birthday using a free pattern from Anna Maria Horner.

In this case I appliqued the scrappy feathers onto the background fabric.  The pattern also gives instructions for piecing the feathers into a background.  Fun to create and it made a tiny tiny dent in my scrap bag.