Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Carrizo Plain 22" x 60"

It has been such a difficult, sometimes frightening, often appalling year under trump and the republicans.  So I am doubly pleased that my final art quilt of 2017 I consider one of my best.  I used my husband's panorama photograph of Carrizo Plain National Monument last spring.  The darkness descended upon us by the election of 2016 was pierced by a very rare wildflower super bloom so brilliant it could be seen from the space station.  It was all too brief and Carrizo Plain remains on trump's chopping block, but now I can rest my eyes upon that sublime moment any time I enter my living room.  Mr. trump, the first Law of Karma is whatever we put into the universe will come back to us.   

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Equality Matters 47" x 56"

It does, despite what the Republicans, the Pervert-in-Chief, and possibly the Supreme Court claim.
I like the idea that someone might snuggle under my message quilt.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bear Hugs

In my local quilt guild, Bear Valley Quilters, we call our donation quilts "Bear Hugs".
Recently I've been cleaning out my unfinished objects cabinet and found enough started/abandoned/orphaned projects to complete these three small quilts.  Hoping three people out there will feel hugged;-)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Prongs (throw size)

I don't have much to say about this quilt.  The front emerged from a small collection of Marcia Derse fabrics and an inclination to keep it simple.  But on the back I used some of my African tie dye with some of my own.  Pretty cool, eh?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Guitar Study. 13"x13" and 13"x17"

In preparation for a larger quilt featuring a positive/negative guitar shape, I thought it would be wise to make a smaller version in order to work out how to do it.  For some reason I was surprised by the weird shapes that emerged in the peachy color.  But I like how the guitars emerge and recede depending on how you look at it.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Death Valley Throw

Death Valley is not a place I enjoy spending a lot of time.  Too hot.  Too dry.  No shade.  It challenges me to sacrifice comfort for its magnificent vastness and vistas.  For a quilter who lusts after color in all its luscious hues and shades, Death Valley's muted palette trims the menu.   And yet, Death Valley, deadly for the unprepared and heartbreaking in its sere beauty, is a cathedral for the spiritually aware and patient visitor.

As I gathered and stitched the fabrics for the front of this quilt, my memories and impressions of Death Valley emerged in my color choices.  Below is the back of the quilt which I chose to piece in big chunks of fabrics that perhaps would make it fun to flip the quilt over.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Montaña de Oro (Google Earthed). 30"x40"

Members of my local artist group Cutting Edge are preparing for a group exhibit at the October 2017 Pacific International Quilt Fest in Santa Clara.  We chose the theme "Montaña de Oro" with the emphasis on the "Oro" and not necessarily the state park of the same name.  However, because the Park is such an important part of my life, my piece needed to be inspired by that gorgeous stretch of coast.

Last May I joined a group of citizen scientists monitoring the nests and chicks of the iconic shorebird called Black Oystercatchers in Montaña de Oro State Park.  I was handed some alarmingly complicated forms upon which to record my observations, and some wonderful Google Earth maps of the park.  At last I had my quilt idea.  For anyone familiar with the park, that blue indentation in the middle is Spooner's Cove where the bluff trailhead sends intrepid hikers along a path of sublime scenic beauty.