Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Eggs 17" x 39"

My newest art quilt, unsurprisingly, is inspired by my wonderful coastal "backyard."  This summer I am volunteering as a black oystercatcher nest monitor for the National Audubon Society.  https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-oystercatcher 

I walk along the bluffs at MontaƱa de Oro State Park to find and watch these charismatic shorebirds with their distinctive bright red beaks and eyes.  They create nests with a few pebbles tucked into cracks and crevices on the rocky edges and offshore sea mounts.  My job is to watch a nest for 30 minutes once a week and record any activity.  (The incubation period--parent sitting on eggs--is a little like watching paint dry, but with a fabulous view.)  

However I've learned that standing in one place on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean has many rewards.  Other earthlings like whales, sea otters, seals, birds, reptiles, bunnies, and people pass by, and the waves are always mesmerizing.  But the other thing I've learned about the oystercatchers is not to get attached!  Their nesting success rate is heartbreakingly low.  Their eggs get eaten, their chicks disappear.  It's why, as a keystone species in the intertidal zone, they are a species of concern.  

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lily's Quilt

I have a new niece in Australia!  Lily Christine arrived in April--tiny and perfect.  She has lots of great-aunts and great-uncles in the U.S., but I'm the only one who makes quilts.  Sure wish I could have delivered it in person.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A Walk With Grandpa 33"x25"

I never knew either of my grandfathers.  So I watch my husband (who is totally smitten with his three granddaughters) be a grandpa.  My quilt imagines how delicious it must be to go for a walk with a devoted grandpa.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Guitar Quilt

My youngest niece in Oz is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/swing dancer.  Of course she gets a red quilt from me!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Carrizo Plain 22" x 60"

It has been such a difficult, sometimes frightening, often appalling year under trump and the republicans.  So I am doubly pleased that my final art quilt of 2017 I consider one of my best.  I used my husband's panorama photograph of Carrizo Plain National Monument last spring.  The darkness descended upon us by the election of 2016 was pierced by a very rare wildflower super bloom so brilliant it could be seen from the space station.  It was all too brief and Carrizo Plain remains on trump's chopping block, but now I can rest my eyes upon that sublime moment any time I enter my living room.  Mr. trump, the first Law of Karma is whatever we put into the universe will come back to us.   

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Equality Matters 47" x 56"


It does, despite what the Republicans, the Pervert-in-Chief, and possibly the Supreme Court claim.
I like the idea that someone might snuggle under my message quilt.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bear Hugs



In my local quilt guild, Bear Valley Quilters, we call our donation quilts "Bear Hugs".
Recently I've been cleaning out my unfinished objects cabinet and found enough started/abandoned/orphaned projects to complete these three small quilts.  Hoping three people out there will feel hugged;-)