Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pages from my Sketchbook

Now that my 100 Day Project has concluded, I am drawing in an old book with a Copic Marker

and I am still not using a pencil

jump rope


Monday, July 31, 2017


Nothing more soothing for my feet that to swim in the pool.

It is so inviting now that it is done and the plaster is black and the tile is dark blue

I bought this rainbow striped unicorn as a gift for the new pool

the Plumeria is blooming.  This is a native Hawaiian plant, but grows here quite beautifully

The ultimate Southern California photo

a close up of Milkweed - the butterfly plant

Friends came over for an afternoon of eating ice cream, and sitting out on the deck. Libby Williamson and Michelle Banton. What a treat to have them here!

Steve and me at a wedding!
Bandit was right under my feet when my coffee cup tipped and poured coffee on his head. A nice stripe. His head smelled so good!
A little TV filming in our city in July for American Horror Story. I actually thought we were getting a new restaurant in Orange. Clever name for a meat restaurant.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Personal Iconography

This year's theme for Dinner at Eight Artists is Personal Iconography: Graffiti on Cloth. I didn't have to ponder very long as to what my personal icons are in my work.

I had already made a quilt with my new fabric line with some of my iconic images on it, so I decided instead of reinventing the wheel, that I would just add to my quilt to make it 40x40

This is very personal to me. The lower 6" square of triangles was the pattern I used for my charm pack squares at Quilt Market in the schoolhouse.  The pattern was inspired by a quilt that Bill Volkening had found by Barbara McKie and he posted it on Facebook.

Adding grandmothers flower garden and an improv piece

My iconic image - the trailer

The entire quilt was constructed with each square and sewn together with rick rack, another favorite of mine
hop, skip, jump is the tag line for my new fabric line with RJR Fabrics. 'hopscotch' ships to stores in August 2017. So excited!  Dinner at Eight Artists exhibit will be shown at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Fall of 2017.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The 100 Day Project

Bringing up the rear with the 100 Day Project coming to an end. My challenge was to use no pencil, just a Sharpie to draw things around me or in my imagination. It was fun! I carried these tags in my purse.

This is one of my most favorite houses, and I teach a quilting class based on this idea.

This was just a tad hard to draw without a pencil

abstracted fan. It was hot that day.

The last one. 100 Days. From my imagination and one of my most fav things to draw and make quilts about
This is what 100 cards look like. I can use them for quilt designs and I can paint them. or hang them on the wall, or make a book with them. People have asked me if I am going to continue this project, but I am not. I need to change things up. I am now going to draw in a book with a Sharpie and no pencil

Friday, July 07, 2017

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!

It is pretty exciting now that the month of July is here!  I have work in three exhibits in different states and I wish I could be there for all three. My first commitment made before any other exhibits popped up was for the Visions Art Museum, and I will be there for the opening weekend!
Opening Reception is Saturday, July 15 from 5-7pm; Artist Walk & Talk is Sunday, July 16 at 11:00am. I have four pieces in the 'Funny Bone' exhibit. I will be at both events!
Fierce Women is part of my four-some of quilts that I have made for this exhibit at the Visions Art Museum
'In Death" at the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in Cedarburg. Opening Reception is Saturday, July 15th. Museum Hours are Wed-Sat 10am - 4pm; Sun 12pm - 4pm
My quilt 'moments' about the notes that I wrote in my journal when my mom was in hospice care and dying. I know, cheerful, right? It's really a labor of love to my parents.
The 'threads of resistance' exhibit opens at the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell. Opening Reception is Saturday, July 15 at 11:00am. Exhibit runs July 11 to September 9th. There is a book for this exhibit and you can buy it on Amazon here
My quilt '100 Days' of outrage will be part of the exhibit.  You can view all of the quilts in the traveling exhibit here

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is moving along, and I am happy to say that I haven't missed one day yet. The challenge for myself is to draw on tags without using a pencil. Just a Sharpie Extra Fine Point Pen. It is a bit of a challenge to not use pencil first. This is #44, and it's my luggage for Quilt Market. Packed and ready to head out

Maybe I should have drawn this before I had my first glass of Frog's Leap wine?

My own version of a Starbucks cup for St. Louis

There was alot of unsavory stuff happening on Facebook while I was away, and I just drew the first thing that came to my mind about how we should be behaving on social media. Be nice everyone.

I took alot of pictures of the neighborhoods in St. Louis. I love their houses. This is just one grouping.

On the day of departure from St. Louis, I got several texts that my flight was delayed. Well, it was delayed for about 2 hours, which meant that I was not going to make my connection in Phoenix. Southwest pulled off the impossible. There were 14 people, including me that had this same connection. They held the plane for us, and waited until we were all on the plane, and our luggage too. Thank you Southwest!

Antique phone inspired by watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Was a little under the weather when I got home from St. Louis, and almost lost my voice. I stayed home and drank hot tea, alot of water and binge watched '13 Reasons Why' which was intense to say the least.

Day 52 with a drawing of my key chain and my keepsakes. Swiss Army Knife, and a strong women bob. House key and studio keys.  My 100 day tags are all on one large ring and it is fun to see the huge stack. More than half-way through this project.

Put a bird on it.

Day 54 - Blue Bottle Coffee on Saturday, May 27 of Memorial Day Weekend.
Day 80 - a travel day to Seattle
Day 85 - Home, where love resides - after two back-to-back trips, I am happy to be home! When this 100 Day Project ends, I will begin a new project inside a book and use the printed pages as my sketchbook. Stay tuned.