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!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

It's Viewpoints9-3 Reveal again!

I guess my blog would have been retired by now if it weren't for my Viewpoints9 posts.  This rotation Lin Hsin-Chen posed her challenge:  Employ text.

Apparently several of the group don't 'do' text and for them it was a bit of a 'job' to find the joy in this cycle.  Not so much with me.

I like text, especially foreign text.  Text that doesn't necessarily mean anything to me, it just looks interesting.  Because of this, I collect far the collection is fairly limited to English, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

I am working on a series within this V-9/3 cycle:  Exotic.

This past several months the news has been full of extraordinary, very disturbing images of failed attempts by masses of individuals and families trying to flee war and poverty, no matter the perils.  The image I can't erase is a beachside on a Greek isle, mounded high with piles of color-filled clothing, sprinkled with life-vests.  Detritus washed ashore from failed attempts to cross out of North Africa to hoped-for security in Europe.

With this imagery in mind I searched my stash of text.  It was from this collection that I found a piece...a vintage, rough linen sack with cursive French.

Jumping off the fabric was 'le journey' and I knew where I was going.

Combining African fabrics with this linen, I built an island based on the traditional log cabin quilt block to underscore mankind's most basic and longed for right:  HOME.

Be sure to hop over to Viewpoints' blog to see how the others answered Hsin-Chen's challenge.


Greek Isle: Le Journey 40"x42"

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Check out Viewpoints9-3

I will tempt you with an introduction to my post on V9-3 today.  Hop on over to read the rest of a really great post LOL.

It's titled TEXTING WHILST QUILTING.  And you KNOW how much I like text ;^)

I have employed text variously over the past several years.

For my Aunt and Uncle's BIG Anniversary I wanted to give them something no one else would/could...and surprise them.  At their big party, I quietly handed their friends and family squares of cotton that I had prepared, along with ink pens.  Their messages spanned congratulations to intimate, cryptic, and personal messages.

My Uncle Mort's family owned a department store and he was noted for being ever-present, community-minded and a snappy dresser with very smart ties.  My cousin raided his closet and supplied me with some of them...and, apparently he never noticed their absence.

The quilt was one of his treasures.  As he aged, it was always by his favorite chair for his afternoon naps.
Mort and Sue's Anniversary
More images at

Friday, April 29, 2016

Viewpoints 9 reveal was two days ago!

Just to illustrate how my tunnel vision works, I have not posted on this blog for a month!  Yikes!  I used to be so much better at this.  Other people seem to be able to multitask SO much better.

I wasn't late with my Viewpoints 9 challenge though.  In fact I finished really, really early.  The challenge resonated so much with me.  My post follows:

I have to profusely thank Kate for this challenge!  I was so wrapt in the idea that I felt swallowed whole.

For decades I have collected yukata, a Japanese un-lined garment generally worn in the summer or after bath....and mostly the more traditional indigo-dyed.  I have also collected much smaller pieces of vintage yukata.  Now was my chance to actually use many of them in one piece.  Admittedly it did take time to go through the lot of them to decide whether I would choose the blue with white designs or the white with blue designs.

In the end I chose blue with white indigo dyed cottons, largely kasuri  Only one piece has its design printed on it.

I also decided to continue my 'kimono abstract' series.

This challenge and my stash naturally resulted in using the 'boro' style.  For generations, beginning with frugal farmers, indigo especially has been re-sewn in patches to prolong the life of a garment.  Referred to as 'boro', it is of the forgotten idea "too good to waste".

That is an idea that finds residence in my studio!

Indigo Abstract 40"x21"
Vintage indigo cottons, hand stitched

Indigo Abstract
Japanese Boro

Indigo Abstract detail

Thursday, March 24, 2016

You'll need a cuppa to get thru this one

I was asked by Jan Doyle, a local SAQA/CT member and an interviewer on the local CTV, to come talk about my art quilts.  Last week I joined her in her studio and we shot a two part interview.  And was it FUN!

You will be able to tell that we enjoyed our conversation immensely!

So much so, she has asked me back in May.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quilting Arts, Thanks to Martha and Sue

Martha Wolfe's article on one of Viewpoints9's Challenge
Coincidentally both Martha Wolfe's article about Viewpoints9's Challenge of Nine article and Sue Bleiweiss' about writing an artist statement appeared in the same issue.  Someone is a lucky girl ;^)

Alicia Merritt's  and my contributions

Sue Bleiweiss' article on writing an Artist Statement

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Reveal Day for Viewpoints9-3

What follows here is my post for my answer to the current rotation of Viewpoints9-3 This latest challenge is to use natural dyes, tints, colors, stains...whatever you like...just natural.

This challenge was posed by Australian member Sue Dennis  Do yourself a big favor and go to her website.  Her work is wonderful!

Then if you continue in the 'treating yourself to wonderful', continue reading for Betty Busby's answer to the challenge.  I was gobsmacked!

If you go right now you can read it all ;^)  This challenge might be my favorite...but then I haven't posted the NEXT challenge's answer.  Hint:  Monochromatic.  Two months exactly to wait. 

Still Dry:

Still Dry detail
 Sue's challenge was, indeed, a challenge for me.  I avoid dyeing.  I support others who dye so brilliantly, and therefore, I have a wonderful stash and I don't worry about my immune system's uncanny ability to find strange, unheard of, crazily random reactions.

The challenge was posted while I was on holiday on a small island in San Pablo Bay, opposite Vallejo CA.  When the island was developed in the 1800's it served as the first US Naval port on the west coast, in response to Russia's trade in timber, moving from Alaska into N. CA.  Mare Island served as a military station and a ship building and repair yard until it was de-commissioned in the 1990's and became the property of the city of Vallejo.

Today Officer's Row, a splendid eucalyptus lined street boasting gorgeous mid-1850's homes, which serve as an inn, offices, a wine-tasting facility and private homes.  Nearby, also eucalyptus surrounded, is St. John's Chapel with 23 beautifully maintained Tiffany stained-glass windows.  Recently new homes have been constructed, a building was converted into a elementary school, a VA hospital moved into a new location and a large private university converted Army/Navy buildings into classrooms, labs and dormitories.  In short the place is hopping and will continue to develop with it's new ferry service directly to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

The part of this story that is relevant to Sue's challenge is the 150 year old stand of eucalyptus.  They are grand things, and while we were on holiday they were shedding their thin bark strips.

The timing was perfect.  Sue's challenge and my affection for eucalyptus.  I harvested armloads of bark, packed them up and shipped them home where I tried my hand at "non-invasive to my immune system" dyeing.  I decided the best tack would be to boil the chips in a big vat for several hours outside on my grille.  After sieving the broth into another vat, I boiled a cotton sheet with black printed leaves that I'd found at a thrift store and a piece of bright gold cotton for several hours.

My results were not flashy.  Indeed they were dull.  The white turned meh, a tad cream,  and the gold turned brass.  But I did like change.

Still Dry's color will probably not be permanent, surely could not stand up to repeated washings.

My theme, Exotic, continues to look at global warning and subsequent climate changes.  This piece is pieced with the dyed and commercial cottons, It is machine and hand stitched.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Good News!

REALLY good news.

Two of my pieces have been selected into the Fly Me To The Moon traveling exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Man's Walk on the Moon.  I've been told these will travel thru 2019!

Letter from Granny describing what we were doing on that day

Fly Me to the Moon with QR code uploaded to artist friend's acapella rendition 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Yep, yak/silk roving

It's a real thing!

Maybe it's only new to me.  That could be.

Check out my post on Viewpoints9-3

I'd love to hear what you would do with yak/silk roving...besides stroking's SO silky!