Tip of the Iceberg


I describe the design process as like the tip of the iceberg.
What you don’t see is the long haul: all the endless auditing and things like that.
Norman Foster

This week was definitely not about the tip of the iceberg! Moving forward as an artist and in a new studio requires much behind the scene work and I moved forward on several fronts.

First, I took some steps this week towards being able to photograph my works in my new studio. Doing my own photography has been a goal for a long time. Now that I am across country from my favorite photographer and have many hand-stitched works that I eventually want to add to my online gallery, I decided it was time to take action. That required much research and then some online ordering to begin to assemble the necessary equipment. One of the most helpful sites that I found on the website was Shoot That Quilt, co-authored by my own web-master, Holly Knott. If you would like to take a peak at what she has written, click here.

I also began to focus more on documenting the work in the Basic Dyeing for Quilters class that I have been participating in through Academy of Quilting. (Here is a listing for the next session of the class.) This week we completed dyeing work on a reference color wheel. Here is how mine turned out:


One of the most entertaining features of this class has been discovering what dyed pieces actually looked like after all processing. I was surprised but very pleased by the mysterious results of my efforts to dye a piece of Kona cotton purple.


The fabric on the left is supposed to be a fairly solid purple. The one on the right is my blue-purple. The two component dye solutions that were used for these pieces did not mix well, particularly in the case of the purple. Perhaps it was the temperature of my warm water? I don’t know and may experiment further in the coming weeks.

It was clear though that I will be dyeing explorations of the class long after it concludes. And so, I am taking the time to process and record notes as I go along. I also am stretching out the dyeing for a more relaxed schedule that works better with other demands on my time. It all is quite a bit of fun and I am looking forward to the next class where I am told we will discuss over-dyeing.

Winter Scene Update

I did move forward some more with my Winter Scene piece. It is now quilted and awaiting a binding. Here is a quick glimpse at how it evolved.


And, I continued to work on my latest hand-stitching project. It should be completed by next week.  I should also have a report by then on a workshop by Sandy Turner that I am enrolled in. It looked like a fun project and a way to meet some quilters in our new second home area.

By the way, the photo of Antarctica above is one of mine from our trip there several years ago. That trip continues to rank as one of the most memorable that I have ever taken. Everything you read about the out-of-this-world feeing of Antarctica is true. Gliding in ice flows, past huge icebergs, and among mammoth glaciers is a great reminder of how small we are in this universe – a great wake-up call to the ego, and totally inspirational for the artist!

As always, linking to Off the Wall Friday. Check out what others have been up to!

Another ‘fait accompli’ – only not a stitching or quilt project!

For it is in giving that we receive.
St. Francis of Assisi

Franciscan Family Apostolate websiteAs 2014 was ending, I took on a volunteer project to finish up a new website for a charity organization I have been involved with for many years. It involved quite a bit of learning on my part. I had a rudimentary understanding of WordPress from my own website, but that site was set up for me by a wonderful web designer, Holly Knott. This time I worked along with another artist/volunteer/web designer, Miki Lovett, to get pages written, photos added, and a WooCommerce application added to the site. It was challenging and meant putting aside some of my own art for a bit, but it was well worth the effort.

The organization is the Franciscan Family Apostolate (FFA) and the now operational site can be found here. Through family sponsorship programs and funding of clinics, the organization helps the destitute among the fisherfolk near Alleppey, India and HIV/AIDS widows and children in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh, India .

My family has been involved with FFA from its inception in the early 70’s. My aunt, Mary Catherine Storms, was one of the first sponsors. Her legacy of supporting the poor through FFA was passed on to other members of our family including myself. I currently am helping three families and serve on the Board of FFA. The organization’s emphasis is upon assisting families. regardless of religious background, in reaching a point of independence through providing food, clothing, housing, medical care, and vocational training. It is a wonderful event if a family becomes self-sufficient and a sponsor can then reach out and help another family. I write about my experience with one wonderful woman in an article here.

We currently have three families in Andhra Pradesh in need of sponsors. For $25 a month, you can make a significant difference in the lives of these women and children.It is amazing what less than $1 a day can do.  I can vouch for the sincerity and ethics of the FFA. I have made a number of trips to India to see in person how our programs are being administered. If you are interested in possibly sponsoring a family, you can learn more here; if you would consider a small donation to help with one of the programs the FFA administers, you can learn more here.

I hope, at the least, that you might check out our new site and learn a bit about life in some of these areas on the other side of the world.

Have a great day!


Welcome to my new home!

The address has changed but the writer remains the same.  🙂 Welcome to the new home of my blogging. And, please, look around on my new website as well. I will slowly be adding to the material over the next few months. 

Getting a new site up and running is time consuming, as many of you know. I have been lucky to have a very patient web designer, Holly Knott, who set up this new design and walked me through adding images and descriptions. She managed my old site for me for the past four years and will be available to support me as I take on this new responsibility.  Without Holly, I would not have a web presence and have made many of the friends around the world that I now have. Thank you, Holly!

So, with all this web work, you might wonder what happened to actual quilting or stitching. You might say that it slowed to a snail’s pace in February and hopes to pick up steam in March.  😀

I am moving forward on my latest representational quilt but it is still not fused. Here is a peak at part of it, you can see that fabric for snow has been added.


On the hand stitching front, this web design work fortunately came when  I was between classes.  My latest project, another pouch, has been patiently waiting.

I did manage to get out one day last week to join a wonderful group of ladies for a sewing day at Ivy Thimble. It was sheer joy to do nothing but work on a sewing projects for a few hours. Among other things, I came away with two cases for my new iPad mini. 


I look forward to many more posts on this new site. Hope that you will direct your browsers to this new address and follow me along on my journey!