24 July 2017

Next day

The fabric is dry and I used the same pouncey sponge to apply the same color thickened dye AFTER adding some mixing blue. Hopefully this will mask all the pink. **Note to self: No more pink or turquoise dots.

Ready to hang in the line to dry (yes, the thickened dye must dry)

More like it (on my ugly ironing table)

Laid out on the bed. Yes, I like to way the colors blend better

A mock up on the floor. This horizon was done on white cotton so it is bright.

But wait. I have another horizon in linen. It looks muted because both the horizon and foreground were done on beige linen. Hum?????  Which to pick??????

I'm listening (hand cupping ear). Please comment and tell me WHY as well.

21 July 2017

Two more in the landscape series

I am still working on this series but not posting. I want to use this foreground but the pink was not working.

I decided to spray some soda ash water onto the pink dots. Then I mixed up some thickened dye with intense blue and a touch of red to make a purple

I used a paint brush to apply.

It may look OK in this picture but WAY too much pink still showed through 

Next I am applying soda ash with a round pouncy sponge and letting it dry for another try tomorrow

19 July 2017

Earth, Wind and Fire

MANY years ago I made this piece called Earth, Wind and Fire. No one liked it (like I cared) and this past week, I removed the binding and framed it. I decided I will hang it here where I can see it and enjoy all the work I put into it and the wonderful textures created. There are so many techniques used and I love the combination.

**Remember you can click twice on each image to magnify.

16 " X  25"

First I removed the binding

The original label

The Wind
The backgound for the entire piece was actually the very first deconstructed silk screen I ever made. I remember Judith being there and how excited we were to learn this technique. The wind was blue dyed gauze with white gauze wisps stitched in place with cotton thread stitched in curvy wind gusts

The Fire (Sun)
This was yellow dyed gauze covered with an piece of monoprinted organza then stitched with sun rays and with a horizon line of green gauze couched in place. Notice the changing thread colors in the rays.

Detail of the sun

The Earth
Was made by couching Sari Yarn in changing colors of stitch. This is one of my favorite elements and I have used this method of varying stitch color many times.

I framed it with clear #1 pine and it will soon grace my studio wall.


17 July 2017

Something I always wanted

As many of you know, I also paint using various mediums. I have had watersoluble colored pencils, pastels and color blocks. They all "turn paintery" when water is added. However, there is one brand of watersoluble colored pencils that become permanent after wetting and drying and those are Derwent. Their real claim to fame is that they are not effected by water after drying so that layers can be laid down. I have avoided buying them for years even though I wanted them. As a matter of fact, I had them on my Amazon Wishlist for years. Their price recently dropped to about $25. and then this past "Prime Day", they dropped again to $16.95. I bought them. I am SO ANXIOUS to try them out in a piece so stay tuned for that!!

14 July 2017


 The commission is finally finished and framed. The last step, attaching the frame with gooey mastic, is a nail biter. Anything can go wrong including getting the turquoise mastic on the front of the piece. Thank God, no problems with this piece.

Finished but before attaching it to the back board. I had to add a strip of sky and a strip of "grass" because there wasn't enough fabric to wrap.

Framed laying in indirect sunlight

Framed and hanging on the wall. 

This is the first time I used a thinner backing board and one inch maple mini-blinds as framing material. It came out great!!

I free motion quilted some words under the arch. It says, "We are building an arch through which we will walk to freedom".

12 July 2017

The piece shaded

This would look pretty amateurish and flat without any shading for dimension.  Here I have started on the right side.

I used Water-soluble watercolor pencils 

I also had to resort to colored chalk for the shading under the arch. These are cheap ones from A.C. Moore.

Here is the shading with three colors of greenish brown colored pencils on the stones. The shadow under the arch is green followed by terracotta, then 2 other shades of green, one on top of the other all in colored chalk.

The arch with "Base Extender" from ProChemical and Dye to wet or liquefy the watercolor pencils as well as make the chalk permanent. Both the pencil and chalk would wash off if wet.

Finished with the base extender and waiting for it to dry. May take all day since we are socked in fog. The wet chalk shadows look much better after "wetting".

10 July 2017

Free motion stitching the rocks in the arch

Ask me how many mistakes I made because I either rushed or was too lazy and short sighted to "practice" on a scarp before touching the finished piece? Too many to count!! 

Here I am with a quilt sandwich scrap. I want to see how the Solver feels under the free motion presser foot and how the stitches are going down. I like!

Starting in the center I am working my way around the arch.

As you can see the Solvey isn't perfectly in place. It is stretchy and a bit hard to handle over this big a spread - 24". However the charcoal marks do give me a good idea where to go and are a good guide.

Stitches completed (I thought)

Close-up of Solvey and stitches

Here is the piece with the Solvey trimmed away. It is very gooey so the less on the fabric the better.

This is the piece in a lukewarm spa bath while the Solver goes wherever Solvey goes. This was followed five minutes later with a rinse and gentle squeeze. I hung it in the Art Greenhouse to dry.

This is the Art Greenhouse where I hold workshops.

07 July 2017


I was challenged by a commission to make an 18 X 24 size quilt of an arch. I went through some photos of arches and liked this one the best.

I printed it as a poster on my printer, trimmed the edges and taped it together to make a pattern.

I covered the photo with a sheet of Solvy and used charcoal to outline the stones. I will use this as a sewing (quilting) line. Although Solvy is water-soluble it is surprisingly robust. I actually pinned it to the stitched quilt.

 I used an X-acto knife to cut out the arch.

I applied Misty Fuse to the back of the golden brown fabric I used for the arch. It was slightly tacky so the paper "pattern" lightly stuck to the fused fabric

Cutting out the arch

Recognized these from the "landscape" series?

Arch fused on to the background

Solvy pinned in place.

As soon as my company leaves I will finsh the "quilting" of the stones and the over-all quilting of the background and then I will wash out the solvy, iron and use water soluble colored pencils for shading and details

05 July 2017

Play date with Marcella

Marcella emailed with a link to this woman's website:

She asked if I was interested in trying to make some paper boxes and of course I said, "Let's do it"

Here is the "in- process" mess with Marcella on the right.. I used some paste paper from a previous play date and she used heavy mulberry paper. I finished the lid but was only was able to finish sewing one side seam on the box itself. I also later replaced the Tyvec bead on top with a cool button.

Marcella said she was NOT leaving until she finished the box because she had way too many half finished projects at home. I LOVE her box and the shape. Here are details of the sides.

Great suggestion Marcella and I had such a great time visiting with you as well.