Category Archives: 3-D

Keeping Active


These beautiful Alliums where blooming in my friends garden and they just captured  me when I drove up.  There are constant changes as the  weather grows warmer and the days are longer.  One needs to pay attention to the catch those  changes.  Keep Your eyes open.

IMG_8174I had two meetings this week.  The FAB group meant and it was an active meeting.  Nancy is making great strides on her Mother’s quilt.  I spent time helping her with the free motion work in the center section around the little sunflowers and the birds.    She is does not have enough experience with free motion work to make it work flow  for her yet.  But time and work will solve that problem.   IMG_8175Patti is taking painting classes in both acrylic and watercolor.  I think that takes courage.

Judy is working away on her “Disappearing  Nine Patch” and assembling it .  She has plans for a second alreadyJudy's Quilt







Marty was at the meeting too and she showed us the quilt she made for her great grandson.

Marty's quiltI really like how the longitude lines   curve just a bit to give the rounded feel to the piece.

The  Finger Lakes Fiber Artists also meant this week.   It is so stimulating and there is lots of interaction between the participants.   IMG_8182  This shot shows Regina and Sharon talking at lunch. ( the works on the floor are Sharon’s)

Pat Pauly's small quilt  This is one of Pat ‘s rare small works – it’s about 16″ square.    Her hand printed fabric  really lends its self to a big format so   this is a different challenge for her.

IMG_8199  This is Julia’s piece in response to a collage that she did in David Horning’s  class at QBL two summer’s ago.


Beverlys work   This work is by Bev.  I love how she breaks up a shape and re assembles it.   The colors work well together too.

IMG_8211   Then on Monday I went to Liz’s house we spent the day using thickened dye to alter the color of fabric.   We both did about three pieces and will meet aging in a few weeks to do  another batch. IMG_8244  These are mine and I am most delighted by finally getting some pure white in the front piece.

Nine Blue Iris





Progress Report: Nine Blue Iris This work is 15” X 31” .     Iris are one of my favorite flowers that bloom early in the spring.   IMG_8238  The old lace in the background here is from a pillow case that my Grandmother Ruth made .    I am continuing to challenge myself to work with organza and build up layers of color.  Flowers work especially well with this idea as they are so delicate.

close up of iresMost of these flowers are three layers thick,





Pods4 pods  I am continuing to build these little works.  I only have enough  altered felt to do two more and then I will move onto another project.
















Jellyfish     This project also is working with the layers of transparency.   The colors do not come through as well as I had hoped.  Not enough contrast here I think.   But that is part of what I am learning about this material.


Notebook- Harlequin Paper  

Notebook   I made this book cover from the Harlequin paper  I made last week.  I fused down candy wrappers to black felt and then layered  golden brown nylon netting on top.  The work was then free motion quilted over the surface to hold it all together and give it a strong  body.  Making it into the note book jacket was the final step.


Creative Assiatants












Creative Assistants    I finished up another 30 of these little fellows this week.   They will disappear that QBL  as I give them away.


New Work

Fabric Liz challenged me when we were dyeing to create something with some of the fabric we have created together over this last year.  I pulled all of these to do just that .



Label # 122Label Block # 122     I keep   working away on this project one little block at a time.

I will be away from home so there will not be any post for the next two weeks.  I will have holiday ones to share when I get back.

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Going Forward



We continue to go forward into the wonders of spring.  I love all the smells that assault my nose as I take my daily  walk.   Some flowers are fading, but others Like Spiraea, and Lily of the Valley  seem to quickly take their place and demand the attention of the bees.

Sharon's laeves  I went off to see the  art show at St David’s last week.  It was very impressive and with so many of my friends represented  I really enjoyed  the  powerful work.  This is one of Sharon’s new works.    I like how she is building up the surface and overlapping the leaves.    IMG_8136 Carol had two sculptures  in the show.  I know she struggled with this one.


Barbara had two pieces as well and this one is a part of her street seen series.Barbara's street  Beth had two pieces too and both of them had red stickers on them.   She was delighted with the sale news. Beth's barn











My Friend Angela had work in the show too.  I learned later that this piece sold too.  It is always a powerful show with lots of interesting work.   I am delighted for my friends.IMG_8126

I went off to play with Beth and Barbara on Thursday  afternoon at the Turquoise Street Studio.   IMG_8140 They were both working  away on pastels as is there usual thing.  It is fun to work in a parallel setting.IMG_8141


Button WeedProgress Report:  Button Weed   This work is 16” X 20”.     I enjoyed working on this piece as I have good memories from the Iowa farm and picking these weeds.  We use to use them as noise makers when we did Indian dancing.  IMG_8164I was always taken by the fact that they where such a strong spring green. IMG_8165



Pods Pods   I keep working away and finding new ways to embellish these little pods.   It is fun to find homes for the last few odd beads and buttons that I seem to have lots of.


Pond Water Pond waterI did hand work on this project at Turquoise Street.    I am adding the gold units now.   It is very calming   almost meditative  work  for me.






IrisIMG_8145 This project had proved to be a challenge.  I made all these iris blossoms and then discovered that they just got lost on my background.  I guess there will be a second one in this grouping.   So I built some in blue and purple for the actual project.  IMG_8143    I am ready now to go back in and build up this flower with more detail and color.


Little JellyfishCurvy Cut Jellyfish   This project is moving forward.   I really like the shapes of these jellyfish.  I have had to really challenged myself  with  I could  how to build them up to get the effect I want. IMG_8155   I am sorry that the dark centers get lost with the many layers of organza.

IMG_8144Brown Back  I found a use for the back I made last week already.  I am ironing down all the cut-a way’s from the   fusing I use in my work.

Red ScarfIMG_8150  I keep working away on these works.  They are fun to build, but they do take a lot of time.   I will add the soft neck unit when I have all the nets filled.  Only three more to complete.



Wool Brown  wool brown  I am a little beyond half way along with the felting of this work.  I will do the free motion work on top when that step is complete.

IMG_8159Mixed     I am all done with the felting here and ready to add the stitches on top.


Label Block # 121Label Block # 121    They just keep on coming.

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Spring Energy



Spring really brings on fast changes around here.  Last week this lilac barely had leaves and now it is in full bloom.  And the smell is wonderful.  So too of so many plants.  I love all the quick changes Thaw in Xavier Woodthat happen this time of year.  The  leaves fill in all the empty spaces  as they reach for the sun shine and soon one feels under a canopy of green. The vast views of  the land are cut down as the leaves block the eye line to the horizon line and one feels enclosed and protected.   I find it really energizes me as well and I have had a great week.


Progress Report : Thaw in Xavier Wood   This work is 38” X 40”  and based on photos I took last fall when we had a nice thaw in mid November.     Ice is a subject that seems to constantly call back to me.IMG_8115   I love how the leaves are effected too not only in color but how they deteriorate. IMG_8116 I even tried using copper for a few of them knowing that they will also fade with time.   IMG_8119


PodsPods     I seem to be fascinated by the areas of connection of the units for these pods this week.  They sure got  most of the attention.   I am also using Sharron’s buttons as focus points on the surfaces of many of the pods.

IMG_8078 Curvier Cuts   This is the back ground for a new study of jellyfish.  All the curved cuts suggest the motion of moving water to me and  jellyfish  sure take advantage of the ocean’s motion to move.


IMG_8071Flags: Tajira   I keep working away on the flags that I started in Florida.  This one is called Tajira because that is the name of the new baby Giraffe that was just born to April  last week.   This “ child”  was 90 pounds and 6 Feet tall at birth.   The lettering was done on silk paper.

Flight IMG_8070  I enjoyed making this stencil.  It is colored in with water color pencils.  I had to add the beaded fringe because so how this piece of cloth was too short to meet the size requirement.


Spring Iris'sSpring Iris’s   I built up a base of several layers of different types of creams and white  fabrics and then added some brown and yellow  stains  to the surface for this piece.   I used some old lace that my grandmother Ruth created for the edge of a pillow case here too.   Then  I did a life sized drawing of the Iris’s I want to put on top of this work  and now I am ready to begin that step.IMG_8102 Because I want to use layers of sheers for the petals I am moving very slowly.  I am considering adding roving between the layers  for more color.


 Buttonweed Buttonweed   This rock wall background has been waiting for me to make a decision about the top layer for  a few weeks.  This week I finally decided to go with my original plan and drew these big paper  patters for the seed pods for the Button Weeds. IMG_8105 They will be cut from this bright green because that is the strong color the weeds are and that plus the shape is what draws me to them.

IMG_8107Harlequin Papers     This is a pure experiment.  I had read some where that one could fuse down candy wrapper  papers and use them on a work.  So this week when I spilled the box of papers I thought that it was a sign that I needed to act on that idea.   I will need to look and think about it for a while before I know how to proceed from this point.


Wool- Red  IMG_8097   My friend Tanya , gave me a big piece of red wool this winter and I finally pulled it out and cut three pieces from it.  The roving is just hand felted into the surface here.

wool BrownWool- Brown      This felted beginning has the same red wool base.  It also has a lot of fabric mixed with the roving  and wool yarn on the surface.   I have not started laying out the third one yet.  When it too is hand felted I will get out the felting machine and do that step to all three pieces and go from there.


Brown Base IMG_8092   These fabrics seemed to go together so I untied them.  It is just a raw base for  a future something.  I know that I will use it at some time and be glad that it is ready like a primed canvas is for an painter .

Purple Possibilities   IMG_8111 While I was pawing through my stash looking for the the green to use in Button Weed  and the blues I used in the curvy cut piece, I noticed that there were lots of small purple bits in the bottom of bins and such.  So I started collecting them in one place.   I will use this as personal challenge to use them all together in a piece some time.     I enjoy a little problem solving   every now and then.

Label Block # 120 Label Block # 120      I keep working away on these blocks.  Only 25 more  to go at this point.

Keep Creating


PS- One last look at the spring flowers.IMG_8088

New Growth

tree blossomsHello-

Spring is fast upon us here in central  New York.  From the blooming of the trees to the  lots of green sprouts across the ground it is here.  Not having to always load up with hats and gloves is a very freeing feeling. Regina's Wine   I went off to visit with Regina this week.  She did this wonderful piece with a snow dyed background and  then she hand painted the grapes and leaves on top.  It will be wonderful when she is done.    She also showed off her  machine work.Machine drawing The more I learn about this process the more I respect the gals who do it.  There is or can be lots of computer programing in the process as well as all thread and color selection that goes on.   It looks to take a lot of skill to me. IMG_7928  We also did silk paper and  had a long and good day.


Nancy ans JudyThen I help Judy and Nancy work on the basing of Nancy’s  Blue Bird quilt.      There are lots of hours of machine drawing left on this project and I am certain that the end result will be a beauty.

I spent Thursday afternoon in the Turquoise Street Studio with Beth and Barbara. IMG_7934   They are both working on there entries for the St David’s Show next in two weeks.IMG_7936I did hand work all afternoon and enjoyed the conversation.


Samurai RomanaceProgress Report:   Samurai Romance    This work is 18.5 “ X 37.5 “.

I did four different techniques for adding textures to the surface for this work.    I really like using foil and will try to keep that in mind as I go forward with new works.IMG_7918Foil can be added to paper, wool and interfacing.    I have only applied it to fabric in the past.   IMG_7920 With each project I seem to be doing more and more free motion work too.  It is also a powerful tool to use the machine as a drawing tool.


PodsPods    I was doing some sorting and found some unique and beautiful buttons in my stash.  They come in packs of five- but I am still going to use them as part of the embellishment of these pods.    I cut quite a few more this week but there is still the fabric that I created in all four colors left so there will be lots of these to pass to folks at Christmas time as well as plenty to keep for myself.

Guatemalan TopIMG_7887.jpg    This top  is all done now.   I will be sure to wear it at QBL this summer so show off how to use some of the great needle work.


IMG_7911I think Pricilla will be glad to see how I used the embroidery I purchased from her too.

Crow CallsCrow Calls  I am working away on this project.    I am adding the crow in flight to it now as the trees are mostly full of birds.  I am almost out of the suede too so when that is all gone I will stop.

Iced LeavesIced Leaves I am making slow progress on this work.   I have cut and embossed some of the copper leaves I want to use.IMG_7922  I have also started to stitch down some of the fabric leaves too.  I will admit now that it is spring I do not seem to have the drive to work on this I had earlier in the year.

Tan RockTan Rock   This  background is all done now.  I have done some research and some drawings  trying to decide what plant life I want to add on top.  I am still in this part of the design stage.

Red Rock The same can be said for this red rock face.  red Rocks















Label Block #117Label Block # 117    The stitching keeps going forward on this project.  I did a lot of hand work on the pods so not as much extra time was put into this  project this week.  I still meant my goal of completing one more block.


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Moving Forward


I am enjoying the unfolding of spring here.   There are lots of buds and birds.  I went to the Towpath Quilt Guild quilt show on Friday.


Noel's quiltMy friend Noel’s quilt looked great as did many others.  I enjoyed the show and saw many friends too.   It was inspired  to go home and work in the studio.

IMG_7862  FAB had a meeting on Monday and Nancy show us this label that she programed for her Mom’s Blue Bird quilt.     It looks good to me.

Cherry Blossom timeProgress Report: Cherry Blossom Time   This work is 39” X 35”.   I created it from the branch that was left over from the Blooming Branch project.  It was too dark for that work so this one was born.  IMG_7893 The branch was created from the sleeve of a wool jacket that I then built up with two different yarns.

IMG_7891 There area 61 blossoms on this quilt.  I made the centers from silk paper that I cut in circles and then stitched down with long French Knots.











Flag-Starfish   This is my newest flag from the Susan Challenge.    The text on this piece is machine writing in the section on the bottom.



Pods II










Pods   These are the newest completed pods.  I am enjoying the embellishing step as I get to use lots of beads sequins and pearls with this project.   I cut  six more felt embellished units this morning   so there will be more in the future.


Crow CallsCrow Calls   This project is a reworking of a completed quilt.  I built up the trees and stitched them to the quilt.  Now I am adding the crows.  They are cut  from suede that is then free motion stitched down.    I added  twenty five birds yesterday.



Samurai Romance Samurai Romance  I have been following the suggested techniques in Stitch, Fiber, Metal  and Mixed Media.     I have not purchased any new materials to do this project, but adapted what I have on hand to do the projects.   IMG_7876  This week I applied foil to thick interfacing and then did free motion machine drawing on top to create the flowers.  The centers are glass beads.





Still LifeStill Life   This work is an experiment.  I have been making silk paper for a  while and for this project I made the silk in the flower shapes instead of the sheet form.  Now I am stitching them down.







IceIce   I have started adding the leaves to this project.  This week I made leaves out of copper.   They are embossed with a blunt pencil.   This first one is trapped under a bit of “ice”  and I like the effect.  The other one isIMG_7896set to be in the water section of the work.  It may need netting too but I do not know at this time.   I also want to also add some fabric leaves too.


New WorkNew Works   This is a started build up for a new work.   There is a minimum of free motion machine  work on this piece at this time.    It is based on a photo of a rock face.   IMG_7872  This is a second pin up for another new work.  It is based on another section of the same rock face- with a different color base

YokeTop   I fell in love with this piece form Guatemala.    he hand work is beautiful.  But it is far too short for me and I wanted the sides closed.  So I have started altering it to work as a top for me.IMG_7887

Label Block #115 #116Label #115 #116

I got inspired  and did  two blocks this week.  I also cut  15 more black squares to complete the top.

Keep Creating,




It is starting to really feel like spring here in central New York.  I see little bits of green on the tips of branches  and shoots in the flower beds on my walks.   This was the fist week of the month so I had meetings.   The QuEG’s meeting was small but there was lots of work.

IMG_7796Liz finished this beauty using all Kay Facet’s fabrics.    She and  Sue Ellen both had work for the  group challenge for the guild.

Liz  This is Liz’s finished star challenge piece.  It looks good I think.   Sue Ellen’s star  is   a good one as well.IMG_7797  The use of the light blue fabric and the size were the other two limitations to the challenge.     Angela's Angela is busy working on felting some of her patterns from her tip to Hawaii   I think the limited pallet will server her well with this exploration.



Lor'sThe Divas also meant on Tue eve.  with more exciting stuff.  This is Lori’s completed tundra piece from her trip to Alaska.IMG_7802Maureen showed us lots of the new wonderful hand printed fabric that she is working on.    Donna  is proud of finally finishing her big king sized top.   It is amazing as it is her first quilt.  IMG_7806

Donna's BatherShe is also working away on some figures in paper clay.   These bathing beauties are fun I think.

IMG_7811Regina is doing lots of handwork  on her shobori  pieces from last month.  She is also exploring with rust dyeing.   IMG_7813



Liesa workLliesa  shared her memory scrolls from her semester in Japan.  They are so wonderful.  IMG_7824All created while she was there with her husband and made from fabric she got at the temple sales that she attended.


FiguresThere are four scrolls and each one is full of beautiful appliqued works all with memories and stories too.  IMG_7823   She stitched the insect by hand here and told a story about the cricket pets one has in the small houses there.  I just could not look enough at this piece of work.






Summer Medow





Progress Report: Summer Meadow 

 This work is 15” X 21.5 “  in size.  Sewing of the flowers  was done from the back of the work with thick thread and cord in the bobbin.IMG_7836IMG_7837  The dragon fly has wings cut from ribbon that was then free motion attached to the background.  The  body is made of bugle beads that I hand stitched to the surface.



Blooming Branch 33" X 430.5"Blooming Branch This work is 33” X 40.5”.   It is the result of a challenge by my friend Sharron.  We bot purchased  some silk kimono fabric

IMG_7850This shot is a close up of that fabric.   The challenge was to use it in a project to show at  QBL in the summer of 2017.   IMG_7849  This is my solution.

Crow Calls Crow Calls I am adding the trees to the surface of the work now.  It takes about 50 minuets to  do each tree and the birds have not been started yet.   I am enjoying it none  the less.



Samurai RomanceIMG_7834  I finished the leaf panels  this week .    I am beginning to feel it is a bit over crowded and I still have one more technique to add to the surface.

Samuair Romance     I may do some  editing before this is all done  and I am happy now that I only pinned things in place as I went along.











RoosterBanner –Year of the Rooster   This is one of my works that I started in Florida with Susan.   The lettering on this one is stamped.   The rooster is colored with  crayon.










IMG_7843.jpgBanner- Birds  This is my second banner this week.  The texture is created by rubbing over a plastic doily with crayon.  The text here is cut felt letters that were machine stitched down.








New  IceIMG_7830I am just starting to free motion stitch down the parts of  this work.  The bright pink at the bottom, is the felt inside  that I am building on.



scarvesNew Scarves       Chris  asked for more scarves so I got busy and did these two this week.  IMG_7856  I am always surprised by the bits of stuff that seem to pile up and work in these projects.


Pod 6IMG_7858  I gave in and  decided to create a few more pods.  This one needs some weight/beads on the bottom and it will be complete.



Label Block 114Label Block # 114   I made it to the fabric store this week and got more black fabric for the last 25 blocks.  Cutting them is the next step.  Only  36 to go now.

Keep Creating


PS check out my  tutorial on how to rust print.

Travel Log


Barb's TulipsHello,

I am home from a wonderful trip and I still seem to be flying along with lots of new experiences.     Maine was/is beautiful as it too awakens to spring.    I enjoyed the tulips in Barb’s yard and took lots of pictures.   There are so many wonderful colors.  IMG_3703We visited two artists with studios on this trip.   The first was Elizabeth Busch’s place.   She is working on a new commission for  the state capital building in Augusta. IMG_3699 This is a shot of the models.    She is building in her wonderful weaving on bird netting.IMG_3680She carefully explained how she used her photos of different parts of Maine to build the landscape that she wanted for the project.  She refers to them often E- full wallas she works with the weaving to keep the colors close to the natural look she is building.  She has  a large collection of printed and painted strips of plastic to choose from when she is working.  Elizabeth IMG_3693 sometime weaves as many as four strips into one section to create theIMG_3692 color she wants for rocks, trees, water and other  natural elements.       She is working on all three panels at one time so they will flow into one another as they spin from the three eye beams in the lobby.    The job needs to be More weavingcompleted by September so she will have a busy summer.

The second Studio was that of Nanci  Kohn  She is a photographer and paper  Mache’ artist.   Nanci Kohn She too was very willing to talk about her process and work.      I really love this song bird that is covered in sheet music.

IMG_3734We then stopped and looked at a welded sculpture of an Osprey on a bridge on our way to Portland.     It was an enjoyable and stimulating trip as travel always seems to be for me.

IMG_3740   Tuesday the FAB group meant here.  Patti had nearly completed this   happy little wall hanging.  I like how she used buttons and beads for the eyes of the kittens.

Judy was busy working IMG_3742on a new sweater.  She is doing hand embroidery stitched flowers on it now to add more interest.  I like the soft colors she is using.

ConsiderationProgress Report:  Paper Quilt- Consideration

I am done working on the surface of this project.  I want to add a sleeve in a different manner than I have with previouse paper quilts,because it is so wide.  I want to make the slat removable for this one.     The papers that I started with were from a Gelli print play day last fall.   I have enjoyed doing all the  stitching on this one and adding textures

IMG_3747IMG_3750 I added painted and melted tyveck for that texture.  I used both sides so some areas have the bubble up and some have the bubble down.

IMG_3751.jpgHand Bag  I made a new hand bag out of some of the wonderful fabric that Regina gave me a few weeks ago.   It is time to switch to a summer color so I put the old one( it was browns and blacks) away.

Place Mats  When   I was sorting through the material for the hand bag I pulled fabric for place mats too.  These are the newly  finished  batch.  I have stacks  two more  sets setting on the cutting table.


Pock Marked IMG_3757  I am working on the free motion portion of the quilting on this project.  It is going slowly as I am trying to find lines to follow for all the stitching and it is very complex in some areas.

Insect Ology   I am to the Insect Ologyfree motion quilting on this project too.  It is a much different process than Pock Marked- much more a reflective process.   It is good for me to switch from one type of free motion work to the other.

IMG_3755Flag – Rejoice   For the experiment on this  flag I drew on the surface with magic markers and then stayed it with rubbing Alcohol.  I hung it on the line so it would run down as it dried.   Not all the makers ran because they were different types of markers.     The “Sharpies” rand the most.   The quote is” Rejoice  in the common place.” from an unknown source.

Flag- Find Ecstasy  Rerjoice This flag does not have much in the way of experimentation.  But when I found this quote  l knew I had to use it.    It is from Emily Dickenson:  “Find ecstasy in life – the mere sense of living in joy is  enough.

IMG_3662More Minions  I  am now finished with the last four minions.  I will pass them along to friends who need a lift as I come across them.

I hope summer is on everyone’s door step.

Keep Creating

CarolTulips 2

Spring advancement



I am so delighted by the changes Mother Nature has wrought this week.  From small buds last Thursday  to four IMG_3645and five inch leaves this week.   It is a wonder that we take for granted.   I ate my breakfast out doors  after I brushed the fallen maple blossoms off the table.    It is an amazing transformation and I can’t get enough.

I have had a full week.   Emily holding Barb's quilt I went to the Spring Weekend  Retreat at the Schweinfurth Art Center were the new Barbara Fenstein  Make Room was dedicated and open for use.   Her quilts lined the walls and her sister Emily found this beautiful IMG_3630_thumb.jpgtop among the  stash as she sorted things.    Some folks knitted,  such as Kitsy, Donna and Linda here.  Some IMG_3628sewed and some did a bit of both.  Linda also  did some beautiful thread painting of a on tree  she had painted.    She had the most extensive thread collection I have ever seen owned by an indivigal.  IMG_3627Nancy finished off this little quilt.  One she hopes to use as a teaching new worktool in the near future.  I started two tops- one both days.  We all had a wonderful time and hope to do it again  next spring if not sooner.

Tuesday was meeting day for me.  Both QuEGs and  Divas meant IMG_3632as it was the first Tuesday of the month.       Linda is taking a  on line class and having a lot of fun with it.  She is turning out a small quilt each month.  This is her line assement.

Corinne is making babyCorrine's elephant blocks  for a baby quilt.  This one has wonderful thread work in it.   I like how she created the shadows on the elephant in the center.


DonnaThe Divas also had great work to share. Donna has completed this wonderful mirror.  The frame is done with black Fimo.

Cheri is to the quilting stage on this Cheri's Gardenwonderful piece.  She is  machine drawing / quilting out on to the boarder in the form  of the  white leaves.  She also used the colored leaves as quilting line inspiration  on the surface.  ( you can see the white quilting lines on the purple boarder)  It looks great.

Ruth has reached theIMG_3639 quilting stage with her quilt too.   This is one powerful graphic.  She has discovered that quilting with dark blue in the black areas adds a special interest to the surface.  Cool thinking!

IMG_3644Cindy is working small as she is still teaching.  These are book pages that she will sent to friends of an exchange group.  But even working 6” X 6” , she finds she can  spend four to six hours on a page.   They are all magnificent.

New WorkProgress Report: New  Work 

This is the first top I did on the week end.  I used fabric from the Deconstructed Screen class I had taken last fall for the start of this project.  I added fabrics I had stenciled and stamped as well as one wipe up cloth .   It is ready for quilting and a title.

Insect ology   This is theIMG_3625 second top I started at the retreat.   Funny how the name just came along with the process this time.  I created and printed the insects a while back.  I used oil sticks for the printing with this project.

Paper quiltPaper Quilt I am still struggling away with this project.   It is made up of two pieces of paper that I printed with the Gelli plate last fall.    A little of the Tyvek I melted last week is a part of this work.  Some parts of it seem to work a  lot better then others.   I think I will add some additional paint to the surface as Carol Weibe recommends at this point and see if that helps me move forward.

Memory Map- Canyon de Chelly   This project also seems to be only inching along.     I did  add Rosalie and Marty to the image however…… IMG_3648   I am thinking this work might benefit from some paint too.   The paint could unify sections and take the sharp edge off some areas.   It is not holding together too well for my taste yet.

MinionsIMG_3654.jpg   As this picture shows I am still in the process of assembling the Minions.  None of them have eyes  or legs yet, but each evening I get a little closer.

IMG_3649Place Matts    I was drooling over the wonderful fabric that Regina gave me a few week ago when I realized they could become place  mats.   I now have two new sets and I love them both. IMG_3652

Label BlockIMG_3650  And the stitches go on.    I am enjoying this project as I read the labels- one thing I never really do when they are in clothing.

I am off to visit my friends in Maine next week so there will be no posting for the 14 of May.     I will post again on the 21 of May.

Happy Mothers Day to all.



Buds Opening


IMG_3599 Hello,

I have noticed as I have been walking this week a daily change in the environment.   Not only is the grass growing but flowers are up.    I also see  that spring  flowers are different here than in  mid west.   These white violets are a good example.  ( I have purple ones in the yard too)   Every day the shadows cast by the trees changes as the buds explode out into the sunny world.  I find it exciting to see the major changes from one day to the next.                                                     Cheri I spent Monday playing with Cheri in her studio.   She was busy creating freezer paper stencils, ironing them down  and then painting over them  them.   While she did that I worked IMG_3617on adding a layer to the puppet heads that I made at  Varna  last month.     I added paper clay over the two human heads and the dog head as I was happy with the forms.    I then built up the  bird head with more paper Mache’.       I moved from that to building aIMG_3615 mask with a cardboard base.    The mask seemed to take on a life of it’s own as I started out trying to create a lion- but it seems I have a horse instead.    Cheri suggested a different type of Mache paste and  so I added the paper  layer on top of the cardboard.    I like what is happening even though  it is not were I thought I was going.  IMG_3619  Then the third 3-D project this week was to start to create a new batch of Minions.    I seem to be exploding with my own creative push as I also pulled out and sorted stacks of fabric for six new projects this week.Stacks  This shot shows four of the  piles.    I only have eight yellow tubs for separated  projects and they are all full, that  along with the 3-D stuff and I have a lot on my hands to work at for  a while.


Make Visible 23"X 29" $235.00
Make Visible
23″X 29″

Progress Report:  Make Visible I am done with this quilt now.   This project started last summer when Susan and I were playing with allIMG_3607 her different  mark making  tools.   I did several different quotes with the  tools and I am now getting around to finishing them off. I quilted the IMG_3609words Make Visible seven times on the surface of this quilt .  Some times I did them in block letters and some times in cursive.   IMG_3608Then did reflective quilting to finish it off.   I used the obi that I got from Ginny in this project too.

Regina’s Blanket IMG_3612This project is made from some of  the wonderful designer samples that Regina gave me a few weeks ago.  It was fun to try her techniques with her fabric.  It is great to snuggle under too.

IMG_3583 By The Shore  I was looking at my photos of the trip to Arcadia  with Barb and Marty from a few years ago.  Among the pictures was a great shot of the basalt along the shore.  So I decided to use it as the start of my next Foundations piece.     This is just the pin up.Paper quilt

Paper Quilt   I came across some papers I had done   as Gelli plate prints.   Two of them seemed to go together so I started this work in the Carol Weibe technique.   It has two cuts in it.  IMG_3589  I had also melted the tyvek that Cheri and I had painted from the week before.  Now there is lots of that to play with  and I may add a little of that  texture to the surface of this paper quilt too.

IMG_3585Flag- Arches   I am using these flags as a place to really play with things I do not normally try.  In this case I used Caran D’ache water soluble crayons to add color.  Then I spritzed it with water.   The word “Arches” is written in  broad line Liquid  Copper magic paint marker by Deco Color.    It did not bleed when I sprayed it with water.

Flag Freedom’s JoyFreedom's Joy With this project I stamped a bird with a foam stamp that I had made several years go and then I used colored pencil on top to enhance it .   I also used the colored pencil in the lines to add motion.  The words are done in permanent marker.

IMG_3601Label Block  I am doing my daily stitch work with this project.    Every little bit adds up.

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Snow Time

-snow-treesHello -from the snowy north…….

I think the snow has stopped  falling and sense I took this shot yesterday I know there is lots more snow out there- but this does give one the idea.    If I was still teaching- I would have used the fall to teach tree branch  forms  by giving the students gray paper and only black and white crayons.   They kids always did wonderful work when they were directed to slow down and look  at their world with a careful eye.    The slow down part is so important when it comes to snow- It quiets the world a bit too.


I went down to the Turquoise Moon studio and spent as day playing with collage this week.  I seem to collect lots of cool images and do not take the time to work on them when I am home.  It takes a play Ginnyday like this one to remind me of the joy that I get from doing “paper work”.

Ginny wanted help making a bag for her Grand Daughter for Christmas.  So she came with her goods and we did the job yesterday afternoon.  The bag is for all the Fairy stuff Ginny had collected to give her for dress up.  It was fun.

Progress Report: cutting  Scrap Bag     I  still do not have my big sewing machine and I continue to use Garma Butterworth’s old Feather Weight.     I  have finally finished assembling the scraps from the scarp bag however.  So I started cutting them into 2.5″ strips.   I made the mistake of working on that step too long – 2 hours and my arm and index finger really paid the price for that excess.     That happened last Friday and I still feel a twinge of pain when I press too hard with the finger.   I am limiting myself to cutting only ten sections into the strips before I stop now.    I never really knew my habit of only doing one thing/ project  for about an hour was a good plan- I just thought of it as an extension of my teaching where I only had did one class  for 45min before I had a new bunch of students and usually a new grade level to deal with.  Now I see the benefit of not working too long at any one thing.   I will Bluesstill get the  cutting and assembly job done- it will just be a bit more slowly.     That is OK too as I am building these quilts to give away and there is no deadline.     I did decide to purchase a new sewing machine however as I do have a deadline for the wedding quilt.  The machine – a Berna B 350 will  come tomorrow or Sat.  I am excited about getting back into free motion work.

 Sounds like the Blues   I am still doing hand work on this piece.  I also started  a knitting  project too  so progress on this hand work  is slow. 

Minion  Minion  The other thing I just started was this Minion.   I think they are so silly and they always make me laugh- so here goes me attempt.  I am sure there are patterns out there- but I will muddle along.    I am sure I would not go this route if I had a free motion machine- so I will count  this as one of the unexpected blessings of only being able to sew treestrait stitches with a machine.

My holiday wish for all of you is- may you find joy in the challenges you face.

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