Thursday, December 15, 2016


I love these!
Pinch a white fat quarter in the middle.
Draw it up with the middle at the top.
Weight it at the bottom so it doesn't float up. I use coins and a bull clip.
Put it in a cylinder with about an inch of dye concentrate at the bottom.
Every 15 minutes pour another inch or so of soda ash.
This is after an hour or so.
Once you get to the top, push the center down for a minute or so.
Beautiful? Yes!


Monday, December 12, 2016


There was an amazing exhibit in Mazatlan last month.
The artist, Sandra Price, is from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). She creates a quilted background and adds her hand stitched poetry/prose. 
She also brought along traditional blanket work from local people in her community.
Amazing! Thank you Sandra!

Thursday, December 8, 2016


Here is a trial of folded ice dyeing, inspired from the June issue of Quilting Arts, that I tried yesterday. Personally it's not my favorite. Once covered with ice, it's hard to tell where you're sprinkling the powder. 


We're back to Mazatlan. Same amazing and beautiful place. Same wonderful people. AND there's a new quilt shop in town...just two blocks from my house. 
And my favorite "sewing ladies", who I've worked with for many years are running the shop!
Thank you Linda Hannawalt for making this dream come true for my friends!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


I made these with my dye group this week. Fun!
I finished this piece yesterday. It's for the tell a story contest in Quilting Arts.

Something has drastically changed on the blog site...must investigate!

Friday, November 18, 2016


It came early this year. In my limited experience of 7 years here in the valley, this year's "weather" has come early. Typically I've enjoyed beautiful autumns lasting till Thanksgiving. After that it seems to go to hell. But this year? Much earlier. 
We've had daily fires in the wood stove for a month now. Leaf raking is a frequent activity. I seem to be making stews and soups more...yum! And best of all, my studio is getting a good workout.
Just finished a top that was very spontaneous...I started it Monday night after our local SAQA meeting. Inspired by the election.
There's always good inspiration at our meetings. Here is a portrait from a photo by Deb Runnels. "Praying for Rain".
When possible, I try to make it to the Monday dye session at Cynthia's. There's been a leaf craze lately. Silk screened leaves. I love this photo!
Lots more going on in my fiber world. To be continued...

Sunday, October 16, 2016


I'll be doing a couple of gelli plate printing demos this week so thought I'd do a dry run yesterday. It was the perfect stormy day to stay in and play.
I printed up some leaves on earthy colored remnants with acrylic paint then pieced them together for a table runner. What a fun and easy process!
Here are some of the individual remnants.