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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Friday, July 25, 2014

For Someone Special

Some of you may remember that about a year and a half ago, I asked my friends to send a get well card to our granddaughter, who had been in the hospital for an extended period. Friends from my guild and Quiltart Digest along with FB friends responded as only quilters do.

She not only received many cards but small pieces of quilt art as well. After five weeks in the hospital she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. With medication she responded well and was symptom free for a little over a year. In March she had another attack and it was determined that she would need to go on a medication that is done at the hospital by infusion. This has to be administered every eight weeks.

She is a tiny little thing and gets cold easily, so I decided to make her a flannel snuggle quilt to take with her. I am going to make her a bag in which to carry it easily. We are excited that she and her family will be visiting us from CA. in a few weeks, so I will get to see her open the package. She loves hand made items so it will be fun watching her reaction.

Finished the bag today.

This is the first quilt I've made in years, and plan to make all the grands one. It will take awhile but I will eventually get it done.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

On Entering Shows

I just spent about an hour in a thoughtful post about entering shows. Being accepted or not and lost the whole post. My piece "The Waterboy" was accepted in IQA Houston this year. I'm a very happy camper.

I don't have time to regurgitate my lost post so I will just add this, if you didn't make it this year don't take it personal. Enter that piece in another show. Don't give up. I've seen a piece  win in one show, and be rejected from another. It's happened to me. Maybe I'm naive but I always have hope. Sometimes that's enough.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Working this weekend

Hi all from Blacksburg, VA. Yesterday I taught, "Fabricating Faces" at the Blue Ridge Quilt Festival. What a class. We had 21 students, and six hours to create a portrait. Technical difficulty with my printer, overcome with help from my new assistant, AKA dear hubby. It was a busy but fruitful day. I am going to share a few photos with you of nearly finished projects. Enjoy!

I'm teaching again today, the class if Mini Nature. There is still time to come see the exhibit of quilts, beautiful.

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