Monday, October 13, 2014

Round the World Blog Hop

I have been nominated by Linda Steele to join the Round the World Blog Hop. Linda is a fellow fiber artist who lives in Australia. I have so many wonderful friends, whom I have never met, on the internet. What a wonderful time we live in.

Linda creates the most beautiful hand embroidery on Crazy quilts. You can see her work here  She has won awards in Australia, as well as, International show in Houston and Paducah.

The blog hop consist of four questions:

What am I working on?

It's hard for me to work on one thing at a time, so I always have at least two or three works on the design wall. I often get stuck, as with this one, and have to look at it for a while. The shadow is my problem at the moment. When I began creating this piece, of my cute and athletic grand niece, everything meshed. I was on a high from the creating process, but then hit a wall with the shadow. I think I have the problem solved, but haven't had time to get back to work.I have been teaching and traveling a lot this year. Neither is conducive to creating.

I also am working on an architectural piece. I have the fabrics assembled and the pattern somewhat ready.

  I had a few days to spend on a project, but didn't have time to get into something major. I have been working on class prep and really wanted something quick and fun. I took this photo over thirty years ago, and it has always been one of my favorites. So I dug it out and did some work in PS to prepare a pattern. I am very happy with this and ancious to develop it further.

I also have a major quilt working its way through my brain now. It is a Modern Quilt. I have never done anything like this. I really like Modern quilts and hope that I can do it justice.

The idea came while preparing for a class called Drunkards Path and More. This class has so many possibilities. One of the reason I love to teach is that it makes me experiment, and in doing so, I find new ways to create.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

 I think as artist we all have individual gifts, talents and ideas that make each of our creations unique and different. Therefore even though we may work in the same genre, each piece is different. However, there is an area that I have enjoyed working in that I have not yet seen emerge in the quilt world. My work in computer manipulated art images on quilts has been very exciting and fulfilling as well as unique to the quilting community.

Ohm, won a second place in the computer category at Houston in 2011.

 Spirit of the Kiva 

Spirit of the Kiva just won Best of Show the Asheville, NC quilt show.

These are both were created with photos of mine that were manipulated and enhanced in PSE.

Why do I do what I do?

This question is probable the easiest to answer. BECAUSE I LOVE IT. 

How does my process work?

While I have always worked with my hands creating, I never considered myself an artist. my husband and I married young, and I worked while he went to college. I was a happy stay-at-home mother. With my husband's job we made many moves. Once we came to a location where we expected to be for a while, I went back to school. I wanted to find out if I could actually learn to be an artist. I believe you can.

My major was photography. My work comes almost solely from photographs that I have taken over the years. I think that many people feel that if you use a photograph as an inspiration, that it is somehow cheating. One needs to remember that the photographer has the eye; first to see the image, second to hone in on the important section, and to know or create, the best lighting conditions.

I love to create and work with my hands. I love beauty, color and texture. I have always been a sewist. Combine these and you have the answer to why I do what I do.

I've been very windy but I hope you have stayed with me. I am going to introduce two artist whose blog I follow.

Virginia (Jenny) Greaves is a talented portrait artist whose blog I started following many years ago. You will find it here   Jenny and I have communicated via internet for several years. I was pleased to meet her last year in Houston. Jenny won a well deserved blue ribbon for her portrait of Lincoln. I have it on good authority that is is a winner this year as well.

LeeAnna Paylor's blog is titled Not Afraid of Color and you can find it here,
It is an  very apply name blog. LeeAnna is funny, talented and generous with her tutorials. Her quilts, as well as her personality, are alive with color.

Jenny and LeeAnna will be posting on Oct. 20. Please check out their blogs.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I've been teaching a lot this year and it's been fun. I have a Mini Nature class coming up next Monday in N. Augusta, SC. I've had a lot of request for a bird pattern, so I've been working on creating one. One of the things I like to show my students, is how the background can change the whole mood of a piece.
These are a few of the different backgrounds I tried.


I have been tapped to join the Round the World Blog Hop. My post will be coming out Monday, Oct. 13. Come back and see what I have to say.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

A week of R and R

We spent the last week at the coast with family and friends. We always love to go there, it's peaceful and restful. Since it was gray and rainy the whole time, we got lots of rest. It's been hard getting out of that mode into one of accomplishing something. I have a feeling that won't happen today. It's raining here, and we need the rain, but it doesn't exactly fill me with energy.

I don't remember if I posted this portrait yet. I had a short period before we left on vacation to play a little, and I wanted something quick and fun to work with. I usually mat and frame these pieces, but after looking at it on my design wall I've decided on a different approach. I am making a narrow black sash, not sure it's really a sash, to act as a black mat might work within a larger mat.

I have this wonderful black and white fabric and have decided to to use it as the boarder around the portrait. It's the perfect piece to get me excited and working again, even in the rain.
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Friday, September 26, 2014


That's me tooting my own horn this week. I found out yesterday that my art quilt "Spirit of the Kiva" was named Best of Show at the Asheville, NC quilt show.

I'm totally stoked about this. The beautiful quilting was created by Gail Sexton and I share this honor with her.

This is one of those pieces that doesn't photo well, but when you see it in person is quite striking. I hesitate to say that but, I've been told that, by many people so I'm assuming that is not just my opinion.

I loved working on this piece from the beginning of its creation. It began with a photo of a beautiful little Mexican girl. I then created this four-layered fiber portrait.

After photographing the portrait, I downloaded it into PSE. I looked for a compatible image and found one in my files of an Indian Kiva. I then did some manipulation in PSE and came up with the image that I liked, and had it printed on fabric.

I never begin working on a piece with a solid idea. I begin and through trial and error I come up with a final design. This piece was no different. I knew that I wanted to include come petroglyphs, I also wanted to use some Indian symbols. Since I was using the photo of the Kiva, I decided to look up symbols of Kiva steps. I adapted the symbol and drafted a pattern for a foundation pieced block.

My first idea was to place the pieced blocks on all four sides. This turned out to be was to traditional looking to me. I finally decided to add the blocks to two sides. When Gail and I discussed the quilting pattern she decided to quilt the petroglyphs in the sashing. She also use a few of the petroglyth designs in the face of the little girl.

When deciding on the quilt design for the photo enhanced part of the quilt, Gail chose to emphasize the kiva with free motion quilting.

This piece is very personal to me and, I think Gail feels the same way. We both find it so gratifying to have it recognized by this show. Thank you Asheville Quilt Show.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Making Good Use of My Time

Life has been busy this year. While I am enjoying teaching and lecturing at guilds, symposiums and festivals it has played major havoc with my blogging time, as well as my creating time. I'm hoping to get to my blog at least once a week from now on.

I couldn't sleep last night so I decided rather than lie in bed,wishing I could go to sleep, I'd get up and write on my blog. My iPad wouldn't post all the photos I wanted to post, so I saved it last night, and am now trying to get it out.

Our local guild show is this week and I have spent two full enjoyable days working there. This is our signature car quilt. More on the show later.

The week before I spent a wonderful week at John C. Campbell Folk School teach a variation on the "Drunkard's Path" and "Fair Play" patterns.

This is my sample where I used a lot of left-over blocks from old projects. Obviously these are not yet sewn together.

My class was small this year, only four students, but four very devoted and experienced quilters. We began by making a host block.

After the host blocks were sewn together we used the block to cut out the Drunkards Path blocks. I know why would you cut up good material in the first place, but to  cut it out and make a block, then use that block to cut out another block? Well, it just makes a super way to get a creative design.

It's not every class where you can enjoy live music while you sew. One never knows what is going to happen at J. C. Campbell.
Trish is one of my students and she wanted to practice playing in front of an audience. She is going to be playing at a Retreat this month.

These ladies were so devoted and sewed there hearts out all week. Our little display at Show and Tell.

These are the projects almost finished. You would never know these four students were taking the same class. I love this technique for that reason.
This piece was created by Trish.

This piece is Joyce's creation.

This piece by Miriam. She finished her top but I didn't get a photo of it after it was sewn together. I don't think this was her final design.

This piece is Betsy's and she wanted to make it larger. She ordered more fabric and will continue working on it at home.

This is a sample that I continued to change during the class to show the many designs that can be created using this technique. This one is created by a more controlled use of fabric, than the students used. I like for them to create their first piece without my influence. I find that it helps them see the future possibilities.

This piece was created with the "Fair Play" template. Lots and lots of sewing and fun with designs.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Purple Haze for SAQA SC/GA Trunk Show

I am a member of SAQA and until the past few years I never had contact with our local reps. Once Paula Brown became the SC rep and her partner from GA took over, things began to change in our district. They have organized exhibits, challenges, keep us posted with a newsletter. They have setup a Face Book page so that we can keep in touch and share photos and news within our group.

One day I received a little package in the mail. It was a lovely piece of hand dyed fabric. Paula, Victoria Rondeau and Meg Filiatrault had gotten together and hand dyed fabric to send to all the SC/GA SAQA. They asked us to create a 12x12 for our regional trunk show. The only stipulation was that the hand dyed fabric be recognizable. We were give plenty of time to complete the project and yet many of us didn't get it done by that date. Fortunately they extended the date until sometime in Oct.

I decided that I would use the hand dyed fabric as my background, and chose fabrics that would be compatible. I am fairly well know for my flowers, so I chose to create this beautiful daisy like flower.

After placing It on the hand dyed fabric, I chose a deep blue center for the flower. Machine quilted the petals and background.

I decided that I wanted to fill the center with French Knots. I had some beautiful variegated hand dyed pearl cotton, and some bright gold. This thread is quite thick needing a large eyed needle. I had a very hard time getting the needle through all the layers. Three evenings of watching TV and two sore hands later, I had a finished product.

I happy with it, but the biggest point of this post is to thank our SAQA reps for caring enough to be doing such a great job.

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Monday, September 1, 2014


We had a great turnout for our reception Friday evening. Here are a few photos.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

"Monochromatic Illuminations" reception

The reception for "Monochromatic Illuminations" by HiFiber is being held this evening at the Clemson City Hall from 5-7. All are welcome. It's been a crazy filled week so time doesn't allow for a larger post. Stay tuned for photographs. This post is linked

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Friday, August 22, 2014

A Week Experimenting with Drunkard's Path

A Perfect World

The week of September 8-12, I am teaching a class at J. C. Campbell, titled Drunkard's Path and More. It's been quite a while since I've taught this class, so I've spent this week trying out all the design possibilities.

I had forgotten how exciting this technique can be. It seems that every where I turn I see new designs. I usually begin by placing the squares on the design wall, in no particular order. Always something strikes me, and my mind starts playing the "what if" game.

This week has been no exception. I haven't been able to concentrate on one particular design but have been hopping back and forth, just to see how many design I can create.

A Perfect World, is one of my older quilts, and may well be the first one I created using this technique. My class will begin by creating your own design using this method, and then we will go off on a, "what if" tangent.

Corner Pockets

Somewhere along the line I came across the pattern Fair Play and decided that it was a wonderful companion to Drunkard's Path. I began mixing the two together, and even more design possibilities appeared.

One think I haven't mentioned is that you begin with a host block. One that is pieced to a specific design, and use it to cut your Drunkard's Path or Fair Play template. This is where all the designs possibilities begin.

This technique is not something that I can explain in a blog post, it's not complicated, but it does take a while to get the momentum going. I've decided to post some of the 12 1/2" squares that I have designed. Some of these are created with just the Drunkard's Path some are using only the Fair Play while some are combined.

I began placing these black and white Drunkard's Path blocks on the design wall. A block in the lower left caught my attention and the "What if" began.

A Pinwheel pattern within a circle.

Squares on point in a circle

Large square within a circle.

A circle with cross bars.

A small square within a circle.

Pie shape within a circle.

A few of the design I discovered when working with Fair Play,

circles with pinwheel on top.

Purple and green triangles dominate here.

This is all I had time to play with there are so many more designs waiting to happen.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Back in the Studio

This past month has been one devoted to family. We have four families scattered from SC, NC, VA and CA. We usually have them all here at the same time, this time of the year.. The year for the first time we only had three. As family grow they have so many obligations and places to be. We are grateful for time we do have and love every minute. This explains my absence for the past three weeks.

The week before we went to NC to stay with our daughter after she underwent surgery, BTW, that went well, I started a new project. It had me in it's grips immediately. I worked many hours everyday until I had the figure finished.
Our niece posted this photo of her daughter on Facebook and I knew immediately that I wanted to create it in fabric.

I began with the pants and knee pads. The fabric that I chose had great splotches of medium and dark blue.

I then added darker blue to show the folds and wrinkles in the pant legs.

Next I added the skateboard, a base for the hair, and the helmet.  The sun was coming from the left causing a shine or light on that side.

She has very curly hair with lots of darks and lights. I decided to
represent it with many different shades of yellow, gold and light brown fabrics. I've also added the shoes in this process.

Next came the audition for the shirt fabric. Now, this little girl is quite the girl jock but she is also very comfortable in pink and girlie clothes.

By no means were these two fabrics the only ones I auditioned, but it really came down to the two shown here.  I really felt that this one was more t-shirt looking and the colors really worked with the pink,

I'm liking the shirt especially after I painted over some of the extra fabric to create the folds in the shirt. This really helps show the movement as she is walking down the sidewalk. I am also auditing sideway fabric.

I decided on this Stonehenge fabric for the sidewalk and added some dark gray to construct the cracks. I added another piece of Stonehenge green fabric for the grass. Since I had to close up my studio for a while, I wanted to quickly prepare the shadow. Evidently quick doesn't work for me.

Sooooo, I went to plan B.  In this photo the green and gray shadows are not in the position they should be,  but even if they were this still isn't working.

I've posted these images on The QuiltArt digest Facebook page and asked for some suggestions, as well as the SAQA Visioning Project blog. I've gotten some good suggestions, some that I'm planning to try.

I also took this with me today to my HiFiber art group meeting and got some even better suggestions. I have to say that from the first cut I made in the fabric I was hooked. I have had so much fun working on this piece.

 Unfortunately, I am going to have to  put it away while I prepare my upcoming class at J. C. Campbell. More on that later.

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