Posts Tagged ‘Update’

More New Work

Friday, April 21st, 2017

It’s been so long since I was here that my blog doesn’t seem to even recognize me – or maybe it is that I didn’t remember how to get in!

Anyway. I have completed a few projects in the meantime. Here is the little 12 x 12″ of the emu made for the bird challenge that I alluded to in the last post way back in Jan. She had run away from home and traveled cross country to show up on our property where I photographed her for possible future inspiration. This is “Emu, I See You!”

Then with the deadline looming, I made “Beneficial Burn ll” for the upcoming SAQA Regional show “Changing Landscapes” and it was accepted to show at the Leedy Volkous Gallery in Kansas city in June and July. This one is 36 x 36″.

Also accepted to show at the Sabatini Gallery in Topeka with the EDGE exhibit is my “Layers Of The Flint Hills”, 59.5 x 30″.  That will open August 11 and runs through to Oct 22.

The annual judged Spring Show at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery is now up til the end of May and my entry “Tranquil Dawn”, 40 x 52.5″ has won First Place!! It’s always nice when judges recognize art in what I do when it is not primarily a quilt show!

Tomorrow I hope to show you a couple more!

It’s Been A Long Time

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Much has happened since last I posted here. Our daughter Karen died on Oct 26, very unexpectedly. Plans to go to Houston were cancelled. Our other daughter arrived from AZ for the funeral and to stay through her father’s scheduled surgery three days later. That went well, but a few days after she left to go home, he developed a bad reaction to the pain medication and I had a couple of scary days until the effects wore of and he regained normalcy.

In the meantime we were sorting through Karen’s things, donating most of it to various agencies. This is a very sad and time consuming process and I can’t express enough, the need for everyone to get a jump start and sort your own things while you can. Thank you, Cindy, for all your help! After the furniture, books, clothing and other personal stuff there are still boxes of papers that haven’t been gone through yet.

I had no desire to create, but somewhere along the line, I forced myself to get into the studio one Saturday morning and make two little 6 x 6” pieces for a local gallery’s annual Christmas Mini show and sale. It was something that I had been wanting to do, but was unsure if they would be accepted, since they were textile pieces. Everything gets uniformly framed in a wide black frame with a gold accent, very classy. They were accepted and they sold quickly! I was asked to make more, so I did two more and those also quickly sold. At that point the owner asked if I would make a large prairie fire piece for him to show and sell in the gallery. This finally gave me a focus and got me back into design and create mode. It has been fun to have a goal again and yesterday I delivered the finished piece which is 56.5 x 27” to the SouthWind Gallery here in Topeka in time for this month’s First Friday opening.

Catching Up

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Last week, I finished the watercolor of the Giant Swallowtail on the Zinnias.  It’s hard to know when to stop.  Perhaps I should have stopped sooner, but at least I did finally stop!  My favorite watercolors are those that look fresh and spontaneous, and not overworked. This was beginning to go there!GiantSwallowtail

I started a new one, of my late Komondor, Griffin.  I used mask to define the edges of some of his cords and let the background wash flow down into that area to give depth and shadow. After lifting some of the color and softening the edges of the masked area, I am ready to attempt the definition of the cords. My instructor, Ye, said “Oh, another complicated one!” I think he does not quite know what to do with me!griffWatercolor1

I also finally made my offering for this year’s SAQA  12 x 12″ Benefit Auction.  The deadline is coming up so I decided this year to forego my usual pieced format and go with a whole cloth hand dyed piece.  When I first saw this piece of fabric, I saw within it, a woodland scene. It reminded me of looking ahead through the trees to what might be a clearing up ahead, so I free motion machine quilted the trees and the foreground foliage.  I think I might call it “Through The Trees”.  12x12-2016450

Good News, Bad News

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Here in Topeka we have a wonderful “Over 60 audit program” at Washburn U and I have taken some great classes; they are offered ‘space available’. Enrollment for Spring semester was Friday and I was lucky enough to get both of the classes I wanted! Watercolor with Ye Wang, ( he taught my Figure Drawing class last semester) and Yoga. That’s the good news.

We signed up for a “Winter in Yellowstone” trip in February. Even though cold is not my favorite season, it sounded like it would be fun, beautiful and a chance to get some nice wildlife photos. Since SW damaged my Nikon when they made me check my carry on at the last minute and I forgot to take the camera out, and in spite of the fact that it has been in for repair twice, it never has focused right since then. We decided to get a new camera before the trip. Ended up with a nice Olympus that seems to focus great for the closeup quilt shots and has good zoom capabilities as well. To that, we added a long extra lens to really pull in those animals- Good news. Everything is extra these days, battery, memory card, bag it ended up being nearly $1000.00! Bad news!

That same day when we got home from buying the camera, there in the mail was a letter and a refund check from the tour company cancelling our trip due to lack of sufficient people signing up. That’s the REALLY bad news!

Top Done

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The top is finally finished. After putting it up on the design wall and living with it for a bit, I saw things I wanted to tweak. That second swirl especially needed to flow better, so I divided the upper reddish piece and made it join into the yellow/red heading off toward the edge. This piece has had a lot of changes from the original sketch as I work improvisationaly , making changes as needed, even if, as in this case I have to spend a day un-sewing what I have previously done!


The upper right corner was getting pretty dark and I really wanted to get some of that lighter sky fabric in there to add a little sparkle to the piece, but also to set the time. Originally I had planned a night scene, but you would not see this much detail at night.

I’m anxious to get started on the quilting because I know that will only make it better!

prairiefire16Linking to “Off  The Wall Friday”

78 Degrees in Jan

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

With the amazing weather we have been having it is easy to get distracted. I know it is not a good thing to get 78 degrees in Kansas in January, but when you do, you might as well enjoy it, right?  We did some tree trimming and watering.

I want some of that great grass fabric that I used in some of the other prairie fire quilts, but so far I haven’t found it and I didn’t think I had used it all up. The fabrics I am auditioning are just not quite doing it for me. The dark tree fabric I tried just disappeared against the dark background and this lighter piece for the tree isn’t working either.


Driving to town, I noticed the Sycamore trees are almost white; perhaps we will have a Sycamore tree. It’s a challenge, but thankfully one that I enjoy, to find the right balance of fabrics to make a piece work.

In the meantime I am sewing some fire sections that I am happy with, and continuing to audition fabrics.

Weekend Work

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Over the last few days I have managed a few hours here and there on the new prairie fire piece. The Figure Skating National Championships was too much of a temptation!  I have further divided some of the units for better flow, and added more fire. Also did quite a bit of sewing, perhaps prematurely; time will tell!


The weather has turned cold and rainy, I just want to curl up with a good book!


Friday, September 26th, 2014

Well, I knew it had been awhile since I posted, but I didn’t know it had been THAT long! I have been busy, though!

On the business side of things, I have been shipping and receiving quilts, meeting deadlines, entering shows and filling orders. I’ve even given some time to working on the book keeping and you know how much I hate to do that! Busy is good!

On the fun side, I have joined a group of plein air painters who meet weekly to paint outside in various locations. I told them I wouldn’t be painting but would sketch or photograph, and it has been fun. I have also joined a couple of friends auditing an Art History class at Washburn U in Topeka which meets twice a week and am thoroughly enjoying that.

On the quilting side, I decided to pull out an old UFO (unfinished object, for you non quilters) and get it finished. It was already layered and basted and I had even started to hand quilt it, way back when, but I took those stitches out in favor of finishing it quickly by machine. This was made when I first started quilting and was still interested in using other people’s patterns. It was in some magazine at the time.


Last Week

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Last week the weather was glorious, 70’s – low 80’s, low humidity, just perfect! I took advantage and spent the afternoons out on the deck doing the hand work to finish the latest work of art. Here’s the view!


I decided that it needed a faced edge so I finished that and also the hanging sleeve. I think bindings are faster and easier than facings, but for this one, it was worth it!

facingAfter I finished the hand sewing I was not ready to go inside, so I paged through the two latest SAQA Portfolios sequentially, comparing the works of the different artists.  If they had work in both volumes, it was fun to really look and note the similarities and the differences in each one’s work and the many styles of working amongst all of the artists.


I noticed that in Portfolio 19 the page headings throughout the book said Portfolio 18!

Busy Week

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

It’s been a theatrical kind of week; I have seen the Topeka Civic Theater’s musical, “Mary Poppins” and the Auburn Community Theater’s “Old Time Radio Show” — both good! Also had an evening out for dinner and meeting of my small quilting group which is always fun! So, it has been a busy week.

On the quilting front, yesterday I prepared and applied the facing strips to the newest wall hanging. That still needs the hand work to finish it, then the hanging sleeve and documentation, but the end is in sight.

I have been invited to participate in the Silent Auction at the Houston Quilt Festival so that must be my next focus as it has to be there by mid September!