Posts Tagged ‘fawn’


Monday, June 15th, 2015

We drove to KC, MO to the Leedy-Voulkos Gallery to see the Midwest Metaphors exhibit that is showing two of my pieces, “In The Bleak Midwinter” and “Prairie Power”. It is a lovely space and a very nice showing. I was thrilled to discover that “In The Bleak Midwinter” had sold!BleakMidwinterCongratulations to the new owner! Also showing there is “Prairie Power”.  The closing reception for the show is June 27.


The Topeka Art Guild Gallery is currently showing my “Spring Encounter” til the end of July>


Quilt Sold!

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

“Konza Prairie Spring” sold while I was at Empty Spools to someone with fond memories of Kansas. She even remembered the pink grass!


I’m so happy it went to a new home where it will be appreciated every day.

Material Conversations

Friday, August 16th, 2013

I was so happy with the Sabatini Gallery‘s display of the current exhibit of works by the EDGE exhibiting group from the former Kansas Art Quilters organization, that I went back yesterday to get some pictures. It is my understanding that they will be posting the show to their website, so I am only concentrating on my three entries. Here is a long shot showing Bignonia and Spring Encounter.


The work is not crowded and the lighting is superb.


This photo does not really capture the vivid yellowness of the walls that perfectly compliments the yellow within the work. The lighting throughout enhances the quilting amazingly well.


By comparison. the white walls appear rather bland, but the lighting couldn’t be better! Bignonia stands out dark, vivid colors against the light wall.


My work is pieced in the old fashioned way, many little pieces of commercially printed or hand dyed fabrics sewn together with quarter inch seam allowances.  In the case of Bignonia, I chose to use curved seams to enhance the sinuous qualities of this tropical vining plant but the other two on display here use straight seams, which is easier.  This is such a fun process and not as hard as you might think.  I will be teaching a five day workshop on designing and piecing your own, in February at Empty Spools Seminars in Ca. Sounds like a great place to be in February, especially if, like me, you live where the snow flies!


Harrier Hunting is enhanced by the yellow walls as well. Again, the camera is not giving me the true strong yellow and playing around with the settings did not help. These were taken without flash.


The yellow in the grassy foreground really pops with that background. The quilting looks wonderful under these lights. Peeking around from the back is a “slice” of Watermelon Summer by Judith Trager and a display of Marcia Derse fabrics in the case.


One forgets how important lighting can be as it is usually sadly lacking at most venues, but here, attention to details is important.  At 5:30 on a Thursday afternoon there were only a few people in the gallery but the First Friday turnout was good. Hope YOU can make it!.

This exhibit continues at the Sabatini Gallery, Topeka Public and Shawnee Library, Topeka , KS through Sept 22.

EDGE Exhibit

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Friday evening I went to the opening reception for the EDGE Material Conversations exhibit at the Sabatini Gallery in the Topeka Library. The exhibit looked great. I loved how my pieces looked, especially “Harrier Hunting” and “Spring Encounter”. Each was hung alone on a different yellow painted wall that really made the colors pop and brought out the yellows within the artwork. “Bignonia” which features yellow flowers was hung on a white wall. The lighting really enhanced the quilting highlighting wonderful texture. I did not bring my camera, thinking that photos would probably not be allowed, but I may go back and see if they will let me get some photos later, as they are just too good to pass up! The remainder of the exhibit was more abstract and it is always fun to see what everyone is doing and how the works play together.

If you are in the vicinity between now and the middle of Aug, I hope you will try to see it!

“Konza Prairie Spring”

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

“Konza Prairie Spring” is finished! It measures 53.5 wide x 23.75 high. The photo that inspired this piece was taken by Charles Benton in the Konza Prairie.


Located in the Flinthills of Northeastern Kansas, the Konza Prairie Biological Station is an 8,600 acre preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University and is managed as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology. Their threefold mission includes long-term ecological research, education and prairie conservation. The grasslands of North America are among the most endangered ecosystems on this continent. Less than 4% of the native tall grass prairie remains unplowed or undeveloped.

Catching Up

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

It has been a LONG time since I have posted here, I know! My server was hacked and there for a while I could not get to my website at all. Then yesterday morning I thought I had some time to do it, but then our power went out! Four hours later the power company guys found that a squirrel had committed hari-kari causing a blown fuse in our transformer. It was a nice morning so I spent some time deadheading flowers and watering. Then I decided to retire to the shade on the deck by the koi pond, reading and I didn’t even have to feel guilty about it since with no power I couldn’t do much anyway! I’m still reading the Stephen King book, Insomnia and am nearing the suspenseful ending. His books are always SO long, this is an old one but I don’t remember how it ends. I fell asleep in the hammock watching the orioles.

I am nearly finished with the quilting on the deer quilt, Just the sky and some grass left to do. I have not been working very steadily on this one – for some reason, probably lack of a looming deadline and temperatures in the 100’s, I have not been terribly motivated to work.

The Hen and Chicks have been enjoying the weather this summer, this is the first time I have seen one bloom!


I’ve tried a couple of times to rotate this but it won’t do it.  I guess you will just have to tilt your head!!

Last week it was my turn to host my quilting group here, so I did have some extra preparation for that to do. Part of the deal is making dinner for everyone which can be up to 12 people (only 9 this month) We had Chicken and Strawberry salads, deviled Eggs and for dessert, Gluten Free Pear and Almond Crostatas which was a hit, and not too hard to do.

Deer Top Finished, Pond Tour

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

On Friday I finished the top and forgot to get a photo before I layered it and started the quilting. I decided to fill in some of the top area with sky which is not in the original photo, but then neither is all that area on the right where I extended it to be long. I think it was a good solution as I had no good fabric for distant prairie to fill it in.


I’m anxious to get more quilting done!

Last week we replaced the stonework on this corner of the fish pond where we had removed it to fix a leak. I smashed a finger and have a bruised nail which is making typing difficult! There used to be an overgrowth of cattails where the liner is showing, but we did not want to redo those really big rocks, so yesterday we bought this floating cork plant holder. I hope when the plants grow, the liner will not be noticeable and will also be protected from the sun.


The local Pond and Water Garden tour is this weekend and we went yesterday. There were 9 gardens on the tour and it was actually a bit of a disappointment this year as less than half of them were that good. I forgot to get a picture of the best one, I was so busy admiring it and talking to the owner, but this one was pretty good.


It was a lovely day with the high only in the 80’s. When we got home and I finished my little planting job, I retired to the hammock with my summer Stephen King read.  It was actually chilly there in the shade with the nice breeze blowing through!

Starting The Deer

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Charles Benton is a local photographer who has participated in the annual Inspirations exhibit, as have I, since the beginning three years ago. This year he offered me his “Konza Mother and Child” as inspiration, so this year for the first time I will have two pieces there. This one, and the “Eagles Soar” one inspired by Tammy Patterson’s “Eagle Soars” that I started earlier.


His copyrighted photograph is on canvas and I can’t get a good picture without reflections, but you get the idea. It is a wonderful photo and I am fortunate to be able to use it with his permission.

Susan said she would like to see the two layouts, so I took this picture this morning.


The top one was my first and I wasn’t happy with it so never finished it. Then I decided to start over without looking at the first one that had been done probably a month ago. It was interesting to compare the two after I was finished with the new layout.

Here is the progress to date, work done over a period of about three days.


Usually when I do animals, I start with the eyes, but in this case, remembering how much trouble I had finding fawn spot fabric for “Spring Encounter”, (click on ‘fawn’ in the sidebar) I needed to see what I could find to render the fawn’s spots and set my colors by that. I couldn’t do very much though, until I established the background fabrics.  That distant background is going to be hard. It has a lot of pink in it and I haven’t been able to find much of that. The foreground grasses were easy and the scale of the bush fabric was good. It was nice that it had dark areas that worked in well against the tree.

Repairs And Returns

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Compared to the previous posting, it was two hours well spent, I think!  Now the area in front of the nose is not so jarring.

This week two quilts came home; “The Merchant’s House” from IQA Houston where it has toured for a year with Tactile Architecture. Beautifully packed and in just as good shape as when it left here, as is always the case from IQA.

“Spring Encounter” returned from Milwaukee Machine Quilting Show, not so lucky. It was crammed in a box with it’s padding tissue stuffed in the corners and arrived quite wrinkled along with it’s rather strange third place ribbon, also wrinkled. Strange because it is blue! But it is large and rather pretty and will look nice on the wall with the others once I press out the creases.

This was my first year entering that show which I believe is only in it’s second year. Unfortunately this year I have missed the entry deadline on some of my favorite shows, most recently Asheville, NC.

Catching Up

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Monday evening and Tuesday morning, I did the programs for the Kaw Valley Quilter’s Guild in Lawrence, KS. Kaw Valley is my home guild and this is the third time I’ve presented there! It was the first time I’ve presented with the new Keynote setup and it went well. Especially in the evening one. The room has skylights so we couldn’t get it dark enough for the morning one and everything was real washed out. Too bad because no one could really appreciate the colors and details in the quilts. But I did bring some actual quilts to show as well. After lunch we started the Coneflowers workshop that runs through today. Everyone got a good start and I’m anxious to see how things come together today! One lady flew in from Boston to take the workshop with her friend!!

Two of my quilts were awarded Viewer’s Choice prizes at the recent quilt show, but I think one of them had been put into the wrong category and the prize should go to someone else. “Just Dandy” was VC in the wall category and “Spring Encounter” was VC in the lap/crib category and it is NOT a lap/crib quilt. I am trying to get it sorted out.

Early tomorrow morning I fly out to Denver for the SAQA Conference. I will meet a friend there and we will drive back to KS together next week, so I may be rather out of touch for awhile. Oh, wait! I HAVE been rather out of touch for awhile!!! I have just too much to do!