Journal

Functional Mini Quilts…or Potholders!

April 15, 2018

Sewing mini quilts is my solution to creative laziness.  I may be in between projects or have been away from the studio, or just wanting to work intuitively, without a plan or defined goal.  I start by sewing scraps.  I have buckets of scraps (doesn’t every quilter?) and small vignettes that didn’t work out, but couldn’t be tossed away.  I sew and sew and sew.  Eventually I feel a little more creative and get excited about possibilities.  The end result…

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A Squared Quilt Artwork
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Art Quilts That Tell a Story

Art quilts can be so personal, so special in our lives.  Like many handmade items, they are labors of love, and a joy to make.   Here are a few of my quilts that are special to me, because of the back-story. Below:  A…

April 13, 2018
3 Bars Blue. Sold
Journal

Contemporary Classics Art Quilts

Many of my weaving designs started with a classic quilt pattern — Amish, 3 Bars, 9 Patch, Log Cabin, to name a few. I’ve now applied the same approach but without the limitations of the loom.   For my contemporary classics art quilts, the…

February 14, 2018
Tree Pose in Weaving Studio
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My 2018 Word of the Year: Balance

Rather than making new year’s resolutions, a few years ago I switched to Christine Kane’s suggestion to selecting a word of the year.  Just one word, nothing fancy or hard to remember, and then apply that to as many parts of your life as…

January 4, 2018
Journal

How to Organize a Fiber Arts Studio

Organizing your fiber studio can feel like a chore—no fun at all. But it is a necessary chore that will result in a more functional and enjoyable space. During my 35+ years as a weaver, I stashed looms and supplies wherever there was empty…

November 20, 2017
Journal

I Quit Weaving for Quilting; What Do I Miss Now?

                          I discovered weaving in 1978 and spent the next 15 years happily exploring the world of weaving.  For the next 20 years, I designed, wove and marketed table linens in repp…

February 1, 2017
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Having Fun With Quilted Tiny Houses

It’s probably not news that one of the latest housing trends is living in a tiny house. I realized I actually live and work in what could be a “tiny house” because my space is 571 square feet, total. That was just the beginning…

August 29, 2016
Chrysanthemum
Gallery Journal

Windows — An Art Quilt Series

Working in a series can be very invigorating as one discovers new possibilities with every new piece.   One of my favorites is Windows–An Art Quilt Series.  Architectural elements and their inherent angles and lines, are infinite sources of inspiration.   Windows can be…

May 5, 2016
Journal

Lines & Shapes For Inspiration

I’m considering the potential in these raw photos that I’ve taken when I have been out of the city.  As I work forward, I will view them in black & white, maybe focus on one part of the lines or shapes, maybe deleting some…

April 18, 2016
Journal

Small Art Quilts

From a maker’s point of view, small art quilts are wonderful for many reasons.  I try out new designs and color combinations.  I can use up small fabric scraps that I’m too cheap to throw away.   I get  immediate gratification as it moves…

April 10, 2016