Friday, September 13, 2019

Space Junk

I started this piece when we got back from Denmark a few years back and finally found time to put it together.    Just fun, no real commentary on how earthlings are managing to pollute the cosmos now that we have pretty despoiled Earth!  Ahem, ahem...

All invisible stitch applique.

Friday, August 9, 2019

CRACK! Santa Fe

I was mesmerized by a pebble filled rend in the pavement while walking along the street in Santa Fe, NM,  last spring.  Took photos galore and came up with one I could build on.   Here it is HIGHLY embellished and hand stitched.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

First Sunrise

Lots and lots of hand stitching on this fabric I had professionally printed.  The first photo was taken by Gloria Plascencia.

Avocado Toast

Another 3D shibori piece made by dye sublimation, tying in of more than 100 heavy duty poker ships, heating, untying, then stitching bits of hand dyed cottons into the "wells."

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sister Artist Project: Mali Heron

This lovely bird and the flowers and leaves he's surrounded by was embroidered by a woman in Mali who is being taught embroidery and other skills so that she may gain independence.  I was VERY fortunate to have the honor of creating this small  art quilt from her work.  I made the 3D needle lace leaves around the edge and sewed the border, back and sleeve on to complete the work.  It will be auctioned off in a fund raiser through the Advocicy Project in Washington, DC. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Into Africa

Sending 4 quilts off to an international exhibit this summer outside Johannesburg, South Africa.   They will tour to Europe as well over the next 2 years.  That will make 6 continents on which my work will have been shown!  Those dang penguins just haven't gotten their textile museum up and running in Antarctica!!  They promise to get that going soon after they learn to fly.  They are FIRE: Santa Rosa, Brickfielder, NightRide and Rent.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Angry Jellies

What's bugging these jellyfish???   Could it be that their mates are being trapped in plastic and other detritus that careless humans have let accumulate in the ocean?   Or is it just that they can't figure out why they are so squishy???

This is basically a painting on top of an image I designed and had printed then hand stitched and embellished.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

After the 6th Extinction

This piece is what would happen if Dr. Seuss repopulated the planet after we annihilate ourselves this go 'round.  Looking for a much better world!  Needlelace and various mixed media.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Just finishing up First Sunset

Oil paint on a canvas print, heavily stitched.    This one is about 18" x 24" a bit smaller than most of the work I've done in the last few years.  And it has a border!  Something you don't see much with art quilts.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Featured Artist

I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to be the featured artists on the Common Thread blog.     There is an amazing photo and text explanation about some of my recent work.  Please check it out and let me know what you  think. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Keys

What better way to complete a series about Incarceration than to provide the keys???  There are 12 of these.  6" squares on tiny stretcher bars.  They can be arranged in any number of configurations.  Everyone of them has an antique key in its surface, some more easily discovered than others.


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Brown (Needle Lace) in Art Cloth Network's exhibit UNBOUND

It's tough to make needle lace 4' long!   Will it have the strength to hold its own weight without pulling apart?  The answer is YES!!   Though truly transparent, this baby hangs beautifully.   The exhibit, Unbound, can be seen in La Conner, Washington, at the Pacific Northwest Museum of Quilts and Textiles,  from January 9 - March 24, 2019.  


Off to Elements

After Schwitters is winging its way to the Marin Society of Artists Gallery in San Rafael, California.  It was accepted in their juried show of work which references elements from the Periodic Table.  This piece has windows (yes, REAL windows) and collaged bits of copper, aluminum and bronze among many other items including paper and fiber.  Though not visible in these photos, the piece is beautifully framed by Colleen at Kathy's Gallery in Torrence, CA.   Opening reception is January 11 from 5-8 and the show is up until February 2.    Stop by if you are in the Bay Area or wine country!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Yes, I designed the fabric!    I also dyed and formed the 3D elements using dye sublimation (= heat = water-free).   I added the surface stitching. And those Evolon petals respond to a bit of breeze.  Fun!


Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Synapses is built from synthetic fabrics I tied several hundred pie weights and other smallish but durable items into.  I then colored the fabric via a dye sublimation technique which I altered by boiling the fabric rather than steaming it.    I cut the fabrics apart, arranged them on a hand dyed ground and stitched and embroidered the elements into  place.  I wasn't happy with that dark green ground fabric so I cut away most of it leaving just the dimensional form.  What do do???  I pulled out a roll of garden netting and 6 layers later, voila!   Once the sleeve was in place the piece was finished. Kind of looks like the creepy, crawly things you might find on that garden netting if it were outside.

Torn Web

Using one of my ice-dyed fabrics as a substrate, I built the web from partially unwoven,  hand dyed cheese cloth.   I then appliqued "rosettes" of synthetics I'd colored by means of dye sublimation and appliqued the bundled strips.  Its creator - the spider - seems to have left the scene, possibly through those embroidered circles which lead, I think, to hidden passageways!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

des Iles Flottantes

This cloud-like piece was made by tying well over 100 poker chips into the satin which I had dyed in this fabulous range of silvery grays and "steaming".  And by "steaming" I mean BOILING since I don't have a steamer.   Lots of experimentation beforehand!   Then, using the "wrong" side, I hand stitched pieces of my dyed cottons in the wells.   Wish I could sleep under this fluffy quilt but it's a bit too small  - only about 42" long.  It's called des Iles Flottantes after the dessert (meringue and creme anglaise) which was named for actual floating islands.