Thursday, December 24, 2015

Bowls for Xmas, etc.




Before this year I had only ever sewed one clothesline bowl.  But when I found a couple of hanks of line buried amongst other must have supplies, I figured my gifts were nailed.  Inspired by the colors we see of the bluffs, waves, and sunsets at Montaña de Oro, I created enough for seasonal gifts and some birthdays as well.  No one warned me these were slightly addictive to make.  Sure hope the recipients love them as well.

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

WIPs

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 news.....my 12 inch "Art Quilt" sold for $250 in the SAQA Benefit Auction!  Wow!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Humpbacks!



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.  http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3361

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. http://www.annamariahorner.com/Feather.Bed.Quilt.pdf

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.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sweet Springs 62" x 64"

It started with a "color run" of hand dyed cotton created by my friend Kristin, which I used for the geese.  The "sky" surrounding the geese is a couple of blue gradation fabrics.  And the piecing comes from Ricky Tims' Dimensional Flying Geese technique.  

Way out of my usual color comfort zone, I think this quilt emerged to be a very structured and masculine composition.  Perfect, I hope, as a gift for my nephew Chris who recently completed his Police Academy studies.  (May he never have cause to draw his weapon.)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Coastal Intrusion 66" x 66" 2015

In February of this year, one of my favorite quilters, Joe Cunningham, taught a class here in my new coastal home.  He calls it "Rock the Block, Album Style."  Although there is a plan to slicing and sewing one's chosen fabrics, it's rarely evident in the end result.

However, my final composition for this quilt seems, in an abstract way, to illustrate an environmental issue I need to learn more about.  Sea water intrusion is a big concern in the aquifer from which my town draws its potable water.  To say nothing of the sea level rise that climate change will certainly bring.  But one could say the intrusion goes both ways, right?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dining Light


My love affair with the coast continues unabated, so how could I walk away from this drum pendant lamp?  I actually did.  But weeks later I visited the artist's shop again, with husband in tow, and we didn't walk away without it.  We can't afford a house with a view, but now we only have to light up the dining room.  Here's a link to the artist:  RowanChaseStudio.com

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Back Art

At last I sewed something in my new house!  A small pillow for the small of my back.  So glad I saved this piece of fabric I painted years ago.  But there wasn't enough of it, so a strip of "stones" was my solution.

Because we hope to have enough visitors for two guest rooms, my sewing furniture and supplies are divided between our three bedrooms.  I do a lot of trotting:-)  Tomorrow I get to take my first local class sponsored by Bear Valley Quilt Guild here in Los Osos.  Joe Cunningham!  One of my favorite quilt artists/teachers.  www.joethequilter.com/  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Morning Reflection

An iceberg of glass,
captures a morning sunbeam,
pooling reflection.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Night Light

Midnight. Awakened.
 Our skylight fully aglow.
Sleep returns, moon lit.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Dish Towel Stone

Low in the winter,
 morning sun casts my kitchen
into high relief. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pebble Path Bed Quilt

It took some serious excavation into the mountain of packed boxes in the garage, but finally I found this quilt I made for our new bedroom.  My pebble theme lives on.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Peeking outside

Overgrown juniper
graceful in its reach
outward upward,
secreting and revealing 
only glimpses
of a front garden
entrance.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Peek inside

Yes, the sky here is really that blue today. (Glad you can't tell you see all the way to our bedroom.)  I'll need a hat while I walk the Montana de Oro bluffs looking for the binocular caps I lost yesterday.  It's a whale interstate out there this month.  We even saw tail more than once. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Morning rainbows

For the time being I will be going in a new direction with this blog.  The all consuming task of nesting in a new home in a new piece of geography leaves little to no time for my fiber arts.  And, oh yeah, proximity to the Pacific Ocean is a huge distraction. Grin.

I'm inspired by many other fiber arts bloggers who use their photography to fill space between projects.  Also I want to emulate my sister Marybeth who has such a gift for telling stories with her camera.  My vague plan is to compose shots that are not exactly representational but rather somewhat abstracted intimations of my new environment.  A new creative challenge for me.