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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.

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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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