Tuesday, December 27, 2016's Reveal Day: Today!

It was my turn to pick a word for this cycle of Viewpoints9 challenges.  I chose MIGRANT...not immigrant, which means a permanent change of place, whereas migrant refers to a coming and a returning from place to place

Migrants Welcomed
Countless species migrate.  Starting with humans, who over the centuries migrated largely for foods' availability, and on down the chain of life:  insects, fish, mammals.  (Many species hibernate as an adaptation to foods' un-availability)

I chose birds, one of my very favorite species.  Using cotton textiles from around the world, I have tried to demonstrate the universality and necessity of migration, in this instance, bird.  Continents presented here are Australia, Asia, Africa, South America, North America and Europe.

Materials and techniques:  Stenciled whole-cloth with paints and crayons, appliqu├ęd images, machine quilted, and beads added.

Jump over to for other members' interpretation!

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Busy, busy, busy

Where Have All the Cattails Gone?
36"x19"  $375
SATURDAY and SUNDAY Nov 12 & 13 the Shoreline Arts Trail hosts its annual OPEN STUDIO!!

I am sharing fiber artist Laura Lyon's barn/studio with potter Alice Chittenden.  We always have crowds and fun...and I'm sure it's not just the hot cider and cookies ;^)

I am on a mission to downsize my studio.  Toward that lofty goal I am having a SALE!

Check out my gallery (select above).

If you are near the CT Shoreline, Come See Me!!

55 Sheep Pasture Road
Madison CT

203-641-0785 if you get lost

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It's that time again1

Caught on camera:  a migrant!
It's my turn to post a challenge for Viewpoints 9-4

I have proposed using the word MIGRANT in our next cycle.  Just on over to read all about it.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mid-Century Home Revealed on

Mid-Centry Modern

I was so inspired by our trip to Los Angeles this spring!  One of the highlights of our visit was an evening tour of The Stahl House.  Built in the 1950's, it became an iconic representation of modern architecture.  This particular home has been the setting of many films (Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Playing by Heart, the Marrying music videos and many print ads).  We were lucky enough to have our tour during sunset.  Watching the lights start twinkling on was magical.

My piece includes commercially printed cotton, hand-dyed and overprinted cotton, and strips of men's shirting fabric from the 1960's given to me by a high-end window dresser from Worth Ave, Palm Beach (my tip of the hat to Mad Men everywhere)

Jump over to to see how others interpreted this month's word:  Home.

The Stahl House aka Case Study House #22
Los Angeles

Saturday, August 27, 2016

African Water Lilies Revealed

African Water Lilies
Today is reveal day over at Viewpoints 9 check it out.  This is from my post.  Don't miss Martha Wolfe's earlier post!

Lisa-Marie's challenge to search our stashes and create a piece from discarded and unwanted items was a teeny bit un-welcomed and worrisome for me.  I was concerned that I wasn't going to create a piece that would be interesting.  Surely, if I had discarded something, it wouldn't work now.  Wrong.

But a challenge is not to be trifled with!  I dug into the piles knowing that the discarded and forgotten "stuff" would be a the bottom of each.  And, did I find a lot of treasures! (another woman's trash perhaps)

African Water Lilies:   Created with pieces of a hand-dyed/stenciled shirt bought in an outdoor market in Ghana several years ago, already cut and fused linen lilies (tho' I think they originally were daisies), seven red seeds (also from Ghana) that look like ladybugs to me, beaded flower centers, and some vintage abalone buttons.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We Were Invited Back!

My art quilt group, Sisters in Cloth, has been invited back for a stitching day in the sculpture garden at Greene Gallery in Guilford CT.  This will be our third time, displaying our art work and meeting the public to show them what we do.

A big bonus for us this year is that the Greene Gallery curated pieces from Local Color:  CT Stories for a pop-up exhibit running concurrently.  What a thrill!

Those whose work was chosen are:
Angelina Kendra of New Britain
Barb McKie of Lyme
Judy Ross of Avon
Phyllis Small of West Hartford
Catherine Whall Smith of Chaplin
Kate Themel of Cheshire
Anna Tufankjian and 
Diane Wright of Guilford

Drop by.  Bring your own stitching.  Ask questions. Kick back in a beautiful garden.

BTW Local Color catalogues will be available for sale.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Exciting News!

Sentinelles: Memories
This piece, which incorporates two linocuts by Australian artist Dijanne Cevaal that I heavily stitched, has been selected for the Whistler House Museum's exhibit Lasting Impressions: Art Quilts 2016!!!

Lasting Impressions' call for entry's description:  All artists seek to make an impression on the viewer with their words of art.  Sometime, they make literal impressions in the work using stamps, dye, stitching, or other techniques.  We welcome your submissions of quilted work that make a "lasting impression", whether it be literal or figurative.  Quilts must contain at least 50% handmade fabrics.

Exhibit Dates: Aug 17-Sept 24

I can't make the reception on Aug 13 as I will be in N CA, but I return on the 15th and will beat feet up to Lowell.  Can't wait!