Saturday, August 11, 2018

100 Days Project

100 Days Project is a simple creativity project 

that requires one thing, every day for 100 days.

This intrigued me on a number of levels. Though I realized I could be setting myself up for failure depending on how complex or not I designed the project for myself. For starters I wouldn't even be home for 100 days in a row. And I didn't want to make 100 things. So in the end my construct was as follows.

  1. For each day I was home, I would work in The Lab (my nickname for my sewing studio.)
  2. I would only use materials I had on hand.
  3. Each piece I created would include hand stitching.
  4. I would use as a base, canvases that I had painted in the last few years.
  5. My work would be collage like.
  6. I would experiment with all types of tools for mark making.

Fragments 1 
-includes painted canvas, hand dyed and discharged cloth, 
computer generated and stenciled cloth.
fine tip marker and machine and hand stitching

Fragments 2
-includes painted canvas, hand dyed and discharged cloth, stenciled cloth.
fine tip marker and machine and hand stitching

Linking to Off the Wall Friday

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rain or Shine

This years theme for the MIX body of work is Weather. What a fun idea. We all talk about weather continuously. What's it going to be today. Do I need my umbrella? Pants or skirt? Coat or sweater?

I chose to interpret this in two ways. The typical weather in my northern home and my southern place. Portland is rainy often; the desert rarely rains.

I developed the background cloth in Photoshop and printed it on an Epson printer. It was then divided into individual strips and separated for emphasis. The angles depict the slant of rain and sun rays. I fracture the puddles and the sun itself. These quilts take on a modern and minimal feel.

I once read that simplicity is the most difficult thing. It is. I produced three starts before my vision became clear. I am pleased with the result.

Linking to Off the Wall Friday

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain

When I composed this, I was thinking of the world on many levels. First is the circle that represents the universe, from the cool tones of the earth to the warm tones of the sky and heavens. I've screened trees in the center. The lightening bolts represent the possibility of fire lighting up the mountain. We've seen a bit too much of this these days. I think the final result is a beautiful, simple composition. It's about 15 inches square and available at my Etsy Shop.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Good Day, Sunshine

This piece is one of my current favorites. The background is canvas, softly painted with an acrylic . The next layer is cloth that I dyed. The flowers are  constructed with various screen or computer printed graphics. The elements are all raw edge stitched. The quilting is done with a variegated thread. It measures 18 inches square.

Good Day Sunshine

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SAQA Auction Coming Soon

The 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction will take place from September 15 through October 8. This is your chance to own beautiful and unique art quilts made by SAQA members around the world – 368 pieces are available for bidding! For details, visit

Saturday, September 9, 2017

She Stood with Her Friends in Defense of the Forest

Another fiber work in the She series. The background at the top is shibori dyed. The lower cloth is hand dyed using multi colors. The trees are more of the elbow trees images that I am found of and like to give them stories. Learn more about them here.

She Stood with Her Friends in Defense of the Forest

Friday, September 1, 2017

Peace and Tranquility

This year my small quilt group MIX chose the theme Reflection and Renewal, which is based on the renewal taking place at the Portland, Oregon Japanese garden. Our work was to include two pieces. One is a 24 inch square and the other a 10 inch by 24 inch piece which could be oriented in anyway the artist chose.

I chose the interpret the gardens of raked stone, which are referred to as karesansui gardens which literally translates to dry landscape.  The beauty lies in the blank space. My view is top down and the circles represent the tops of trees and bushes which surround these places and spaces. The circles are hand embroidered with many threads representing the branches. These pieces were a joy to work on.

                                                           Peace                                 &  Tranquility