Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sacred Threads Quilt Show

These two quilts have been on display for the past 3 weeks at the Sacred Threads Show  in Herndon, VA.   The show was created by Vikki Pignatelli as a "safe place" to tell your story.   I am so honored to be part of this show.   It is a juried show for entrance, but it is not a judged show.   The show is entirely about the "stories".   For sure the techniques are excellent and there is much to examine and contemplate as to how they told their story.....but you have to read every label and every label is more compelling than the one before it, it seems.   Also, I am honored that one of my quilts will be part of the 36 out of 300 chosen to travel for the next two years.

"Despair...and Hope".    This is the journey of a person with depression.    One who sits at the bottom of the well unable to get out and one who on better days, does climb that tree to the light.   This is the one that will travel.

  "Standing Tall" is from a photo of my watercolor orchid, printed on fabric.    Together with the previous quilt the following quote is appropriate:     "Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were......."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What is it?

This past week our photo challenge theme was "What is it"?    I love contemplative photography....I love searching and finding what fits rather than trying to take a photo and edit it to fit.   The natural setting always works better for me.

The first photo is the one I chose - although rather obvious as to what it is.   I loved the pop of color, the reflection - the even circular pattern - there was nothing I didn't like.   And I only basically edited this to bring out highlights and clarity.  

The ones below are my "also ran" .....but weren't chosen.

Monday, June 5, 2017


I recently created two pieces of art to be entered to the Threads of Resistance exhibition   Sadly, neither was chosen to travel.    There were 500 entries and only 62 could be chosen.    However, it does not diminish my feeling, motivation and determination to resist all things awful happening in our political climate right now.  

The first one is taken from a photo I took of my granddaughter while skyping one day.    Most of my sadness involves what is happening to our planet, our society, our rights....especially women's the drama plays out. 

I created the background as a dictionary definition of all the meanings of "resist" and "resistance".    The third column is the word "resist" in all languages.....appropriate as many nations and countries have joined us in our concern for our country.    "She" is portrayed as a silhouette.....she represents "ALL" girls who long to grow up and be what they want in a safe environment.   

"The Future Belongs to Her".

I have entered this quilt also to Global Murmurs.

"Respect Existence or Expect Resistance"

I believe that all persons should be allowed to love whoever they want, despite their gender or race.    We are way past time in our society and lives that we should be able to accept all peoples, and allow them to live in peace without fear of discrimination.

Friday, May 5, 2017

'We Are All Branches of the Same Tree" - Global Murmurs Art

"We Are All Branches Of The Same Tree". Just completed and will be submitted for acceptance into a show called "Global Murmurs" ( in Rochester, NY later this year. The prospectus statement says "Global Murmurs invites you to explore the subtle and ever present concerns, joys and curiosities of humankind so often influenced by cultural and national boundaries. It is an expression of the hopes, dreams and despairs of our global community; perhaps a pathway to better understanding. " I saw this quote and it rang true for me as we are facing so much divisiveness right now....why can't we all just get along? Since I love to do birch trees this was an easy subject to ponder. The trees are made of 4 different fabrics and quilted for texture with variegated threads. The background - which was the hardest all branches, depicting the many millions of us represented in the two stronger branches, of different colors.

Linking to Nina Marie Sayre's Off the Wall Friday blog".....because I've never done that before.  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Quilt Show Winner.....excited and humbled,

"Triptych...the Leaves of Florida" is a winner in the recent Mancuso Tri-State Quiltfest in New Jersey.   Sadly I couldn't get there to see it.   I am still surprised and humbled when I see a quilt of mine doing well.   

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

When all you can do is to make art.....then make art!

Troubling times - no matter which side of the debate you are on - often frustrates us when we wish there was more we could do.   The recent ban on immigration is troubling to me.   Inspired by an artist FB friend, I decided to make an art quilt representative of my feelings.   It was quick and practically made itself.    I wish I could do more!    Based on the poem by Emma Lazarus....

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Challenge Reveal

Saturday was our annual challenge reveal at guild.   This year's theme was "Bars".    Anytime, anyway, anyhow you wanted to depict them.    Members showed their challenge at the meeting and now they will be hung at the Richmond Library in Batavia from February 1-28.

Of course my first thought was "Bars of Music"!   

This is a giant log cabin block - using all music themed fabrics.   I called it "Piano Bar"

Since we were allowed 2 entries, I decided to do a second one.    I had a FQ pack of modern fabrics I had purchased a couple years ago in Florida.    My goal was to use bars.    I wanted them to look woven which took a bit of planning and I wanted some white space to do more quilting.   In the end I had about 2 inches left of each of the fabrics and about a 5 x 7 inch piece of the white.    Of course that would partly be because I had to redo a couple of ideas.   My other theme I adapted to go with "bars" was diamonds - 60 inch angle diamonds.   

I learned a few things which is always good for a challenge.   Since both were original, I had to draft my own pattern ideas.   Some of the fabric was loosely woven and raveled, so I had to figure some ways to applique and make sure the edges didn't fray.  Quilting on the white was a challenge as I don't like to mark on my quilts.   I thought I could do the center with a walking foot......not motion was a little more difficult.  

Friday, January 20, 2017


This week our photography challenge was "Contemplative".    I had all sorts of intentions of going out and finding the perfect view - the hills, the mountains, the river etc.   However, a "shot to the knee" forced me closer to home.    This is the photo I chose.

What am I looking at here and contemplating.....what do I see?   First of all, I am looking at an old decaying tree trunk in my backyard.  I am contemplating all the rings, all the different colored areas...some light, some dark yet I still see the structure of rings!  What I see can be applied personally or to our world in general.   We all have that bright light within us.    It radiates out into our world and our connections with other people and life in general.   Sometimes we go through dark periods and emerge, sometimes not.  Sometimes our light is sharp and defined - other times a bit blurry.    Yet our structure and purpose (rings) is still visible if we but look.

These are my "also ran"!    I almost chose the fence - then the tree.    The mossy stepping stone I just liked!

Here is my fence - with one slat out of place.   Contemplating all the perfectly straight boards and in place.....yet, the one who dares to be different. 

 This looks like a lost city to me.....

My Japanese Maple Tree - again on the theme of no matter how we branch out - we are all connected.    Some of us venture far - others stay close to the trunk!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Photo Class - favorite Photo

This week's assignment was to post a favorite photo we had taken - from any - ALL YEAR!    Do you know how hard that is?   I finally just picked.   The first one is the one I submitted....taken of an old bridge near us one summer evening near sunset.  Some adjustments in Lightroom really perked up the color.   The second photo is the same bridge - different angle!..

Some other fun ones and favorites - too many to choose from!

Kitchen Challenge

Panorama Planet

Panorama Reverse Planet

Radial Symmetry

Radial Symmetry

Shutter Zoom in Bermuda

No specific challenge - U just like it!

Mirror Montage

Monday, December 26, 2016

I'm Back........

Wow, in looking at my blog, I have been rather negligent this year.    I will try to do better next year.    Most everything is the same.....I am still quilting, gardening (in the summer), playing with photography and being active with my music.

I have almost completed the Ricky Tims 1st year photography course.    I have learned a lot about my camera and about photoshop and composition and many other techniques.  In November we went to Williamsburg and 600 some photos later, I'm still sorting out and playing with some of them.  Here is one I just did this morning.  The original is a photo of a window in the Capitol building.   If you look closely you can see it either as a recessed window - or a window on top of a gold circle that protrudes from the wall.   An optical illusion......    The second photo is playing with some highlights, shadows and mirror montage!

I have also been quilting up a storm, but can't show all of them here as they are either for challenges yet to happen, or going to some shows and so am not showing yet, until accepted.

The first one here was for a RAFA (Rochester Area Fiber Artists).  Last year we exchanged bags of goodies at Christmas and we had a year to complete something using all or most of the things in the bag.   My bag contained several purple fabrics and a couple tubes of purple beads.   Between the quilt top and the backing,  I used everything.  This is also a statement on the denial of climate change by too many people!

I have also started a series on "Doors and Windows".    Here are the first works completed earlier this year.....much more on tap.

Too many business have closed.   This building has been taken over by artists!

 Photographed at a church nearby in my photography assignment for "Abandoned".   I printed the photo (center part) onto fabric and added other fabric to continue the idea of the wooden door.

Another abandoned building - cheesecloth curtain in the window and lower corner, and greenery growing out of a pile of rocks.

Friday, September 16, 2016

One month and counting......

Our Museum Quilt Guild Show is rapidly approaching!   We are down to the final month.....please mark your calendars. Approximately 200 quilts, raffle baskets, silent auction, vendors, silent auction, boutique......and much, much more.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Old Paint.....

Sounds like a song I know.....

Anyway that is the title of the photography lesson for this week!   Take a photo of "old or peeling" paint and use any technique we have learned to enhance or create something totally different!    I did both and had a hard time picking a favorite.

In the end, this is the one I chose to enter.    It is the peak of an old church that caught the evening sun.   I then duplicated the layer, flipped it horizontally and vertically and merged them.   Some exposure and saturation adjustments and VOILA!    Something Abstract!

The following ones are my "also ran" was hard to pick a favorite this week!

From the same church....manipulated color and merged with a face painted on an old bridge nearby.    Rather a "ghostly" effect!

I'm not sure what this piping was, but to me it looked like a rusty trombone!

Weathered and peeling boards - from the above mentioned bridge.   Duplicated and mirror-montaged!

From the culvert near that bridge - there was much spray paint graffiti.    I found this color painting and the word cupcake spray painted down the way.   Two photos merged together as I thought the colored one looked like a yummy cupcake!