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;-)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Prongs (throw size)

I don't have much to say about this quilt.  The front emerged from a small collection of Marcia Derse fabrics and an inclination to keep it simple.  But on the back I used some of my African tie dye with some of my own.  Pretty cool, eh?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Guitar Study. 13"x13" and 13"x17"

In preparation for a larger quilt featuring a positive/negative guitar shape, I thought it would be wise to make a smaller version in order to work out how to do it.  For some reason I was surprised by the weird shapes that emerged in the peachy color.  But I like how the guitars emerge and recede depending on how you look at it.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Death Valley Throw

Death Valley is not a place I enjoy spending a lot of time.  Too hot.  Too dry.  No shade.  It challenges me to sacrifice comfort for its magnificent vastness and vistas.  For a quilter who lusts after color in all its luscious hues and shades, Death Valley's muted palette trims the menu.   And yet, Death Valley, deadly for the unprepared and heartbreaking in its sere beauty, is a cathedral for the spiritually aware and patient visitor.

As I gathered and stitched the fabrics for the front of this quilt, my memories and impressions of Death Valley emerged in my color choices.  Below is the back of the quilt which I chose to piece in big chunks of fabrics that perhaps would make it fun to flip the quilt over.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Montaña de Oro (Google Earthed). 30"x40"

Members of my local artist group Cutting Edge are preparing for a group exhibit at the October 2017 Pacific International Quilt Fest in Santa Clara.  We chose the theme "Montaña de Oro" with the emphasis on the "Oro" and not necessarily the state park of the same name.  However, because the Park is such an important part of my life, my piece needed to be inspired by that gorgeous stretch of coast.

Last May I joined a group of citizen scientists monitoring the nests and chicks of the iconic shorebird called Black Oystercatchers in Montaña de Oro State Park.  I was handed some alarmingly complicated forms upon which to record my observations, and some wonderful Google Earth maps of the park.  At last I had my quilt idea.  For anyone familiar with the park, that blue indentation in the middle is Spooner's Cove where the bluff trailhead sends intrepid hikers along a path of sublime scenic beauty.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Art with Grandma

So much fun to be artists with my granddaughters.  Up in Bishop we tried "hair chalk," which showed up beautifully on Bridget's golden locks.  But not so well on my silver streaks.  However, the very warm sunshine was perfect for sun prints with both Bridget and little Brynn.  Back home in Los Osos, Reaghan came over with a handful of papers she wanted to paint.  Good thing Grandpa had an old teeshirt handy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The World is a Rose. 12"x12"

"The world is a rose.  Smell it and pass it to your friends."  Persian proverb
The annual SAQA Benefit Auction deadline snuck up on me this year.  I have donated for more years than I can remember, so when they gently reminded me the due date was fast approaching I dug deep.

This little quilt was begun years ago but only recently finished.  I photographed a rose, printed it on fabric, and machine quilted all over it.  What took so long was the hand beading on the petals, which you can't see too well in the detail shot.  Because I don't see that well anymore either, it's my beading swan song.

Here's my latest Tad Dah! moment.  My piece "I Pledge"(see previous post on 4/22) made the cut for the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibit.  I'm extremely honored that I get to hang out with some big talent.  To say nothing of the passionate and timely messages illustrated therein.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Night Lights. 19" x 21"

Just playing around with leftover bits that like each other.  I love improv.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I Pledge

#45 has done nothing in his first 100 days to weaken my resolve.  I pledge allegiance to the earth, the only home we have.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Snowflake of Resistance. 25"x25"

It's no secret that I am among those who are appalled by and resistant to Trump and his administration.  I made this little quilt because there has been a call for fiber art themed "Threads of Resistance."  Probably preaching to the choir, but here is my first shot. There might be a second.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Simplified Landscape Postcard

My last card for Postmark'd Art which is, I'm told, about to cease exchanges.  As I joined this online group somewhere in the middle of its run, I don't know how long it's been around.  But my oldest card dates to 2011.  I have two shoeboxes full of cards I've received and sent all over the world.  (My 3 year old granddaughter loves sorting through them which is one of many reasons to treasure them.)
Sayonara to all my postcard friends out there.  Art will always be the best way to share ourselves.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Deconstructed Churn Dashes 57"x 66"

On this sadly momentous day, did I watch the inauguration? NO!  I decided my time would be better spent finishing this quilt that I intend to donate.  It started as a guild Block of the Month project.  But as you can see, I messed around with the finished blocks.  Kind of a hot mess but maybe it will provide warmth to someone in need.

Tomorrow I will carry another quilt (see below) as I join the Women's March in San Luis Obispo.  Here's hoping that kindness, generosity, and vigilance will see us through.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Deconstructed Log Cabins 60"x60"

After resisting BOMs lo these many years of quilting, in 2016 I participated in a guild Block of the Month Challenge.  We received instructions for eleven different log cabin blocks.  Here is what I learned:  it was kind of fun to make just one block a month, but by number eleven I was not loving them all together.  

Not one to abandon a challenge, I whacked 9 of them in half, added some other smaller units, and three shades of blue.  I assembled them into 12 Quilt-As-You-Go blocks backed by an assortment of stash fabrics.  Both sides are whacky, but I'm done in time for the reveal at tomorrow's meeting.  

Now to finish a BOM Challenge for my other guild.  Stay tuned for more whacking.