Sunday, April 9, 2017

Reflection and Renewal

MIX is introducing its new body of  work. Our theme is Reflection and Renewal and is informed by the renewal taking place at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Each artists interpreted this theme with two pieces, the first measuring 24 inches square and the second measuring 10x24 inches.

If you are in Portland, OR consider attending the luncheon and lecture. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Jefferson on April 28, 2017.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Making Baby Quilts

Lot's of new babies have been coming our way. Babies means baby quilts. My new favorite pattern is a triangle medley. Here are pictures of the three I have done so far.

Charles' Quilt  A Star is Born

 Baby Bea's Quilt

Ruan's Road to Africa

These quilt are very fun to do. They are scrappy which means there are a lot of fabrics in each. There are some tricks I have discovered and will share with you here in case you want to make one of your own.

  1. Select about 20 fabrics that go together. Half are dark and half are light. I vary the scale of the prints and generally work with about three different colors, choosing variations of these   colors. Directional fabrics are not recommended. You can use them but will get half the usable parts.
  2. Cut one 4.5 inch wide strip from each.
  3. Sew these together at both the top and bottom, along the length of the strip.
  4. Using a 60 degree triangle template (Marti Michell has one with a squared tip that makes piecing so easy), I first cut one and then flip the template to cut another. There is very little waste using the template like this. One width produces about 12 triangle.
  5. Clip the stitches on the shorter end and open up the triangle which is now a diamond with half dark and half light. 
  6. Press to the darker side.
  7. Sew four diamonds together to form a larger diamond. You can see this in the above quilts.
  8. Start by only sewing one 4-patch diamond set together of each strip set.
  9. Put them on the design wall to see which will dominate the quilt. In the above, the dark brown catches my eye. I place these so they move the eye across the quilt. If there are any with a special fabric, then I place these as well so they move the eye across the quilt. Then I sew oher 4-patch diamonds as needed to move the color across. This top only requires 18 4-patch diamonds. The rest are part patches on the sides and top and bottom. I sew these as needed and desired for placement.
  10. The larger diamonds are sewn in diagonal rows to complete the top.
  11. The finished quilt measures about 38 x 48 inches. I like this size because the backing can be one width of standard fabric. I always try to find something really fun the goes with the top. After all, they are far the newbies.

Friday, February 10, 2017

You Can't Step Into the Same River Twice: Majestic

This is new work,  a larger and modified version of the study I did for the SAQA trunk show late last year. I love the graphic look to it. Seems strong but calm.  And, it has my signature circles that are hand embroidered which you can see in the detail sketch. Majestic measures 23 x 38 inches.

This is a detail version so that you can see the stitching. Click on it to make it larger.

If you've been reading this, thank you. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

SAQA Trunk Show Entry

The Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) has a call for entry for the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show. These small works measure 7 x 10 inches. They are bundled into small groups and travel the world, showcasing the work of fiber artists. This is my entry.

You Can't Step into the Same River Twice 

It is a funny name, I know. But, it seems to me to be a metaphor for life.

It is the first in this series. I find it quite joyful to work in this small size, trying out ideas for larger works to come.

Thanks for viewing and leave a comment if you are inclined. I would love your feedback.

Best to all.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Chessman Gallery Exhibit

My small art group MIX has an exhbit opening today at the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City. Three bodies of our work are on display.

First is the 18-inch square works In the Extreme which include color, shape and material in the extreme.

Second is A Sense of Place: the Allison, which includes work that is 24 x 30-inches and represents both hardscape and softscape inspiration from the Allison landscape.

Third is our most recent, Urban PDX, which is insired by the changing landscape in Portland.

If you hve the chance, do stop by for a viewing. It is specacular.

Saturday, June 18, 2016


This artwork was begun some time ago. It was based on a novel, The God of Small Things, about fraternal twins growing up in India. They were born into an upper level caste. The boy should have thrived. The girl would have a harder time doing so. Because of life events, the opposite occurred.

I have symbolized the girl as a flower within the triangle which is rising. The boy is symbolized with a graphic from the flag of India but he is diminishing. I always loved the graphic look to this art work but felt it could be stronger. This year I approached it once again and added corded outlines to the outside of the triangles to further define the shapes and then added an extensive amount of quilting which adds a third dimension. I love it to bits now.

Enjoy it as well and do leave comments. I love the dialog!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

An Urban Conversation

The MIX exhibit for this year is called Urban PDX. After photographing the city, I chose to work with two bridges: the 1930's built St Johns bridge and the newly introduced Tillicum Crossing. Our task was to create one large piece, with dimensions of 30x40 inches in portrait orientation and one piece that is 8x20 Inches.

For the large piece, I knew that I did not want to have a typical colored sky. I love this piece of discharged cloth  that to me resembles a sky at sunset and so the background is whole cloth. I chose to give the St Johns bridge elder statesman status and feature it very boldly. The new younger sister is juxtaposed across. She is created with a contemporary floral and a black and white graphic print. I don't usually put borders on art work but the sunset needed to be reigned in. This piece is named
An Urban Conversation.

For the smaller piece, I stepped out of the box completely. This bridge backdrop was created on my IPad with a photography app that distorted the bridge. It was then taken into Photoshop where the orange colorations were created and grunged. This was printed on my home printer and the black bridge was appliqued on top. I love working this way.