Tuesday, February 23, 2010

No Egrets 12"x12" 2010

A bad blurry photo turned into something better.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Floaters 18" x 27" 2009

There is an obscenely huge island of plastic trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  Perhaps we should be looking for more creative ways to use discarded plastic.  We need bubbles, not bubble wrap, sparkling in the seas.

This piece is one third of a group triptych.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Great Wall 9"x12" 2009

Part of a series of small journal quilts inspired by my trip to China.  I felt like a very lucky person to see this amazing structure, but it took pluck to climb it as the steps are quite steep.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Shanghai Night 17"x15" 2009

On a hot August night in Shanghai, the best place to be is on the river.  The brightly lit skyscrapers cast sparkling colors on the rippling black waters.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mango Hummingbird 15"x20" 2009

 Only silks and satins could do this hummingbird justice.  It's paper-pieced from a design by Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Controlled Burn 48"x54" 2009

When there is too much dead and dry undergrowth in the forests of California, sometimes a controlled burn is prescribed.  This is to prevent wildfires and enhance the health of the redwoods and other trees, when it doesn't get out of control.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Engagement Lobster 25"x30" 2008

 My son proposed to his wife over her favorite meal.  Here is their engagement gift.  The lobster is assorted silks and brocades appliqued to an antique brocade.  The border is black satin on which I cleaned my paint brushes during other projects.  It reminds me of the inside of an abalone shell.

Where's the Bowl? 16"x18" 2008

  When I showed this quilt to a friend, she asked, "Where's the bowl?"  So it was titled.  I quilted the fish from the fabric on the back and painted them to be less transparent. The rocks are painted and melted Tyvek.  I love how silk takes quilting.