Saturday, December 10, 2011

Our Noble Seasons

I'm excited to say that my Winter piece is finished. 
It will debut at Road to California in January and move on to various Mancuso venues.  
The best news is that all four seasons will appear together (for the first time) at two of of the Mancuso shows.

Title: Ice Storm
20"W x 42"L


Here are the other seasons! 

'Fall's Symphony'

"Salmon Upstream"

'Summer in the Kalahari'

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Birds In Stitches Opens this Week!

I'm so stoked this show opens Sept 29th.

My piece 'Midway Atoll Disaster' will be on display


I'm thrilled to be hanging alongside many fantastic artists including Caryl Bryer Fallert and Wen Redmond
I have seen the other art work that will be in this show and it's just fantastic!
If you are in the area you should go see it!
Take photos! I'd love to see how it all looks together. 
The visitor center is just beautiful overlooking lush vegitation and BIRDS of course!

Monday, September 5, 2011

'Gates' Challenge

Here is the quilt I am submitting for the Quilts on the Wall 2011 Challenge 
called Gates
I chose in this piece to do the 
Gateway to the Imagination
In the center everything starts out so black & white but as we venture out into the creative part of our brains we find the imagination in all it's color

Size is 20"W x 42"L

detail shots
Hand lettered, machine quilted.  Shading is done with tulle. 
My favorite quote
"My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk"  Keats

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I'm thrilled to announce that my piece entitled 
'Midway Atoll Disaster'
has been accepted into 
Birds in Stitches
that will debut at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the Visitor Center 
*see below for details and s showtiimes

I designed this piece specifically for this show. 
This piece is 30"W x 29"L
It has been machine quilted, painted, hand embroidery and has been hand lettered. Some of the materials I burned holes into and the edges.  Cheesecloth was used and quilted down extensively throughout. (and no, that material is NOT fun to work with! LOL) The text are lines from the poem 'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner' as well as maps of the Atoll.  I also attached plastic straws, bottle caps, milk rings, and various plastic debris I picked up on just one 3 mile walk in my own neighborhood.  (believe me, I had more but couldn't include it all)

There are images of Layasan Albatross (adults and chicks) that were transferred onto silk and stitched down. The main image (bottom third near the right side)  is of one of over 2000 albatross chicks that died from starvation.  The chicks were fed regularly by the parents but they were fed on plastic refuse from the ocean. Since the birds were left where they were found you can clearly see what was in them, brightly colored plastic lighters, bottle caps, etc.  Given that the Midway Atoll is 2000 miles from the nearest continent this gives a crystal clear view of how our consumerism reaches it's deadly tentacles so far from our own suburban streets (that are swept clean of debris we habitually and carelessly toss out) .  
If you would like more information on this disaster please visit  This Site

I am so thrilled that this piece will be seen in a place where birds are so cared about!  

This is my favorite photo and he can be seen poking out of one of the holes I  burned near the middle.  
If you don't know much about Albatross, check out the wikipedia link.  They are incredible birds that spend 90% of their lives on the wing over the ocean (sometimes just inches over the water) gliding along four hours and hours at a time.  They are true masters of flight! 

Here's the info on the show.  

Sunday, August 28, 2011


small shot of a work in progress.  The passage is the last chapter of JJoyce's Ulysses. YES! 
I have drawn and painted her and have really wanted to do wings like this for a long time.  Each brush stroke is an experiment in terror, so fraught with tension that this stroke might be the one that ruins her.  But I persevere.  Due to it's small size (22"W X 42"L) I feel brave enough to risk.  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Long Beach 2011

 Long Beach Quilt Festival has always been one of the highlights of my year.  This year is no exception! 

My piece entitled 'Lower the Bridge' was unveiled at the 'Bridges' exhibit. 
This quilt is 36" Wide by 42" Long

Here  was our group hanging committee: (me too) 
That is jo griffith on the left and Dave & Trish Charity on the right. 
Yes, that piece in the middle is all fabric.  Isn't it stunning?
Bay Bridge SF

some shots of the entire exhibit.  I didn't have my good camera that day :( 

and you can tell the lighting hadn't been completed
they were still laying carpet the day we hung.  
 This made my day. My other piece 'Children of Lir' had one wall all to itself in the 'Text on Textiles' exhibit! 

 A far away shot to show you how big the venue is!  And we were one tiny exhibit in it!

 this was not in our exhibit but I fell in love with the simplicity of design.

After working my three hour shift at our table; I walked the whole quilt floor and vendor area.  Then I wandered outside for a bit to take in some scenery.  Not a bad hangout for nice break to the day. ( I started at 8am & didn't get home till 8pm)

I received a comment from a gal on our Quilts on the Wall blog.  Her name is Jen and she is from
She thanked us for putting the alternate directions online to the venue (there was a major exit closed off the freeway) and  asked that we 'look her up' at festival leaving her booth number of 1762.  I did!  She and one of her daughters were there and her booth is just choc full of the cutest, interesting, beautifully designed, hand made buttons you've ever seen!  They traveled all the way from from South Africa!  Click the link, check them out!  She was the most gracious to stop and chat with me.  I did buy buttons;  Check these out! 

(the thread was my only purchases this year from Superior & Wonderful)

How cute are those little birds!!! 

The SAQA/Quilt Art reception was and is a fabulous end to the day.  I was happy to see many of my friends who I only 'see' on Facebook as we all live all over the place! 

I will say that when I gave my 'show and tell' I wasn't ready for how overwhelmed I would feel standing with the microphone in hand (trust me, I have no problems getting up and speaking to folks) and I was even less prepared for the incredible and humbling response I got.  I shared the two new pieces I'm working on that aren't finished yet. (the posts below this one show part of the "Hell Gate")  
  The 'Gates of Heaven and Hell' for our next exhibit entitled 'Gates' 

As an artist it is really with trepidation and much anxiety that you share your work, especially when it's a work-in-progress ('WIP') and you are in front of many of the 'creme de la creme' of the quilting world.  It was lump-in-my-throat time when the unfinished pieces were met with such amazing and gracious applause! (which I didn't really hear because I was in such a hurry to exit the stage and let others share!   

We are asked to walk the room and stop at each table to show our works and that is a nervey wonderful  feeling when you can see folks looking intently at you and waving you over to their table so they can see.  

I was asked directly right then and there by a well known curator to 'Promise I wouldn't forget her' and enter  these works for possible inclusion in her 2013 exhibit.  (truly, you should have heard myself in my head --after the screaming quieted down, thinking how could I possibly forget her! She puts on an amazing collection of works year in and year out! I was so  honored!!)

THEN, I was asked directly by a well known editor to send her photos of the pieces when they were finished! 
--more inner head screaming and then I could feel my head nodding madly--
certainly it's not a guarantee, but just to be asked sent me smiling and dribbling happily 'round the room!

After I made my 'rounds'  I was ready to humbly sit and get out of the way of other sharers.  You can imagine my embarrassment (and subsequent horror!) when a very nice lady looked at me rather directly and said 'Excuse me, I'd like to see your quilts' So I promptly turned and amidst my effuse apologies I held them up for her.  SHE was none other than Judith Baker Montano!  One of my absolute mentors and idols of hand embroidery!  I nearly died and then I sort of screamed (out loud this time) OH MY GOODNESS! and was promptly 'shusshed' but nearby tables!  LOL. 

As I drove home that night I couldn't have wiped the smile off my face or ignore the inner joy I felt just radiating out of me!  I couldn't wait to get home & share all the news and excitement with my Gurl.  

We went out to celebrate with nachos and shrimp tacos! 


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Experiments are ongoing...

When you find yourself asking..."Whatever shall I do with those fishnets?"

this is soooo much fun! 
(tedious, but way fun!)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Experiment success

I love working with weird materials
I wanted to work with PVC and  incorporate it into a quilt. 

I am working on a pair of quilts at present 20" W x 42" long
for a challenge in one of my art groups.
The theme is 'Gates'
I instantly knew I wanted to make not one but two.  They will hang side by side.  
One side has ravens the other side has doves. 
That's all I'm saying at present. 

you can see what regular black cotton looks like next to it 

Anyhow, I thought it would be cool to make one Raven out of PVC
first I had to see if I could fuse it.  
That worked well providing I didn't iron the shiny side

Then I wanted to stitch on it.  I had to use the water soluble solvy.  I carefully pinned it on and had some fun 
doing feathers. 

I then held my breath, 
rinsed all the solvy off
and voila! 

This looks so much better than I had anticipated! 
it looks like tooled leather

How cool! 
Can't wait to use it on other things now! 

Can you imagine it with rivets!
I wonder if I can get shiva paintsticks to stick to it.  Silver would make it look like metal...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Navigating Inks

The idea here was to plan my 1ft square donation piece.  I knew ahead of time it would be larger so I could be more choosy about where to cut the 12" square.  
I drew some simple circles and part of a Compass Rose.  

Next I diluted the ink and started filling in shapes. 

I first drew them in light pencil; then went over them with ink.  
I was particularly pleased with the orange circle's wash. 

I did mask off the two main radiating arms and use a rubber stamp to put in the design there; but it didn't work as well as I would have liked so I muddied the image in greens and a shimmery off white. Next up was adding words. 

Notice that big white point at the top?  That was a bird I drew, but it looked bad so I painted gesso over it. Then I painted the "A".  the letter looks good but background is not so that entire thing will be cropped off. 

different size fonts.
All done...
maybe.  I might add some large letters in between the green radiating arms.  Not sure.  It was a fun excersize & I keep learning new things in working with this type ink.