Friday, August 21, 2009

New work

August has been a very good month for graphic design, but I've spent very little time on fiber art. Well, yesterday the stars aligned and all my clients were busy proofing their projects. I found myself with time on my hands. Yeah!

I've been wanting to make a quilt from this photo of my son for years. (He's almost 17 now!)

Back in May I served on a Q&A panel with Sue Benner and Barbara Oliver Hartman at the Professional Association of Quilt Appraisers conference in Fort Worth. The appraisers wanted to ask art quilters (both full-time professionals and a part-time quilter, me) how we produce our art in order to better appraise art quilts. It was a very enligtening day. I learned alot from these two very talented quilters.

During her description of her art, Sue Benner mentioned that she sometimes draws directly on the batting when designing a quilt. I've been thinking about the possibilities since May and decided to try it with this one. I'll let you know what I think. So far, so good.

I've been wanting to make 12x12" quilts of some of the photos I took in Colorado this summer. I love poppies and thought this green hand-dye would make a good background.

I also love these bleeding hearts and have started quilting this one.

I've had a hard time deciding what I want to do for a Short/Wide challenge and have finally found a subject that speaks to me.

While all this creativity was spewing out, the air conditioner in my 250-square-foot studio was slowly dying. This morning my dear hubby helped me decide that we were better off buying a new window unit than trying to get the old one fixed. We managed to snag the last one in stock that would fit in the hole. Since the stores are busy selling out summer and beginning to stock Christmas, we bought the display.

I quickly grabbed all the stuff in the path of the AC and piled it on the drawing table...

... and across the room on the floor, ironing board and sewing table.

TaDah ... it took the better part of the day but I have a new air conditioner.
Thank you dear! I'm so lucky to have a handy hubby.

Tomorrow's mission -- clear the clutter and sew!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Kathi came to town last weekend to sew with Linda and I. Kathi worked on two garments, Linda made a blouse and a Christmas gift and I pieced my "Circles of the East" appliqué blocks.

I've been appliquéing these "Circles of the East" blocks for the last 12 years. The background fabric is hand-dyed pima cotton. The block pieces are commercial and hand-dyed cotton.

Last summer I dyed the sateen sashing in lilac along with six yards of sateen for the borders. I intend to appliqué the borders but haven't designed them yet.

These pretty passion flower vines are outside Linda's front door.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I'm a Great Aunt to twin boys who were born to my niece on Friday, August 1. The babies are early and tiny but doing well.

Friday was also my sister's birthday. Happy birthday Grandma Tina!