Archives for April 2016

‘Ghost Trees’ on exhibit

One of my art quilts, Ghost Trees, is on exhibit at the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016 from April 30 – May 29 at the National Tainan Living Art Center,Tainan, Taiwan, Republic of China.

According to the United Nations Forum on Forests, global forest deforestation has caused ecosystem degradation, resulting in the increasing threat of greenhouse gas emissions and species extinction at an alarming rate. Artists were invited to address global environmental issues in their works, exploring creativity from life and humanity, sowing seeds of hope for the restoration of Earth’s ecology.


I am honored that Ghost Trees was selected for the exhibition. It is the second time that one of my art quilts has been in a TAQS exhibition. I actually set this exhibition as a goal for myself when the exhibit theme was announced. I knew I would be extremely limited last year in studio time and the theme for this exhibit resonated deeply with me, so I decided to focus on creating a piece to enter in this exhibit.

The ‘ghost trees’ in the piece were created by couching torn paper with an underlay of roving by hand to a background. A piece of my hand-dyed fabric formed the background. The tree stumps were fused and the entire piece was machine quilted before the couching.

The Taiwan exhibition is biennial and I would encourage you to watch for the next Call for Entry. I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism of the organization in dealing with an international exhibit.

Gathering Inspiration

One of the highlights of the past week was attending the Contemporary Quiltart Symposium  in Tacoma, WA. I was able to hear Sandra Sider, Cathy Izzo, and Kris Sazaki each speak about the future of art quilts and the role that each quilt artist can play in furthering both the marketing of their works and the general acceptance of art quilts within the art world. In addition, we were all able to tour the CQA Cutting Edge Art Quilts exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. I am sorry that I have no photos to share but none were allowed in the exhibit. All I can say is that the quilts were most impressive in terms of artistry and diversity. They will be on display until August 21 if you happen to be in the area.

The time spent driving over the the western side of Washington for the conference also allowed me to stop in at my favorite quilt store, Undercover Quilts, to see what new fabric Linda Hitchcock in carrying. She never disappoints and I brought home some yardage which I quickly put to use.

I mentioned a photo of the Irish Coast in my post last week. It was taken by Kerstin Hellmann of Irish Coast Photography. Kirstin graciously has allowed me to use the perspective of one of her photos of the Irish coast for my next art quilt. She captured the scene at sunset – I shall be creating a scene for a different time of day, but using the rock formations in her photo as a base.

Kerstin Hellmann – Irish Coast Photography

I have just started playing with some ideas for the art quilt but, as you can see in this photo from my design wall, I am exploring how I might use some yardage that I just bought at Undercover Quilts.


I will be on the road for the next week so you will have to wait a bit to see how I decided to handle the sea, but you can be sure I will be contemplating it while I am away!


Life is good!

The present moment is the only moment available to us
and it is the door to all moments.

Thich Nhat Hanh


When you are 5 weeks old, it is natural to be in the present moment. A shoulder to lean on creates contentment. If only we could all stay so present and find contentment in where we are currently in our lives.

As always, this week provided its own challenges to being in the present moment for me. But, moving forward one step at a time with my art, it really was a good week.

A note from my contact person at Quilts Beyond Borders revealed a definite need for quilts to fill requests from India, Ethiopia, and for Syrian refugees. This spurred me on to work not only with some fabric provided by Quilts Beyond Borders but also to delve into my stash for other ideas. Some fabric squares I picked up at Ikea a year or so ago magically formed a base for a second quilt top.



At the same time, my mind was busy with ideas for my next art quilt. I enjoyed working on a sea theme so much in my last piece that I have decided to do a series. Taking inspiration from a photo of the Irish coast, my studio floor is now laid out in possible fabrics. With luck, I will be sharing more in the coming weeks on this exciting project.


And, finally, I leave you with a breath of spring. The weather in Spokane has been absolutely perfect the past week and spring is definitely in the air. My hand stitching simply could not resist celebrating the re-emergence of wild flowers around our property by taking on a flower theme on this delicate antique cloth I have been working on.


Linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday blog.

Appreciating Light

Turn your face to the sun
and the shadows fall behind you.
~Maori Proverb

This past week involved a trip to the land of the sun – Arizona. It meant time with family that I rarely get to be with…..and a chance to study light and the magic it casts through an interplay of shadows. Here are a few scenes to illustrate what I mean:







IMG_8579Hope you all have a good week!