Saturday, December 9, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
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
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
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
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.