Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mt. Rainier (in situ) 16"x64"


Yes, that's a trash can on the far right to give this display a sense of scale.  My son and his wife loved the quilt enough to hang it in their bedroom, which is in the attic.  Hence the sloping ceiling.  Anyone taller than 4 feet must stoop over for close inspection.  (That's one way to hide some wayward stitches.)

"Better living through chemistry" has helped my son regain enough of his health to resume care of his darling- now 1 year old- daughter, other household obligations, and even enjoy skiing the slopes of the Cascades.  Wrenching as it was to leave them, my husband and I felt it was time to go home to California.  He is eager to work on the many many images he photographed during our sojourn up north, and I have raw emotions to push under the needle.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Heal 4"x6"


Recently a friend had cancer surgery and is now struggling through painful rehab.  One day last week I was wondering about whether she'd gone home yet, and so I decided to make her a postcard.  The very next day I received an e-mail from her saying she was home but that everything was very hard.

The message I wrote on the back was that no one fights alone....she has many hearts with her.  These are sentiments I've received during these months with my son, and they never fail to comfort.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Birthstones 5"x7"



These two quilts are small by request.  It's time to start a new year of birthday quilts in my artist group Loose Threads, and since we seem to have played out the strips concept last year, the January birthday girl asked for small pieces specific to months.  I drew the months of March and May and chose birthstones as my themes.  The stone for March is aquamarine and for May is the emerald.  Not having the wherewithal to purchase the actual gems to stitch, I painted some fusible web with Lumiere paints and added some machine stitching, French knots, and beads.  Now I have to hope she's too busy moving into a new home to check my blog before she gets these next week.  Don't look, A.K.!