Hello again

Whew!  I see it’s been a while since I updated my blog.  That’s not good.  I am going to make a note to myself to do better in the future.  In the meantime, my art quilt group, the Extreme Quilters, just finished another very successful show in Newbury Park, California (Art From Cloth, we call it).  We have been fortunate to be able to hold our show annual for several years at the Thousand Oaks Art Gallery.  I entered just two pieces this time and was overjoyed that one sold.

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Open Circuit
24″ x 37″

I have been spending some time this year doing artwork, including a sketchbook for the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project, where I drew portraits of people I wish I knew.  For this, I received overwhelming positive feedback from friends and family.  The sketchbook is available for viewing online at: https://www.sketchbookproject.com/library/18925

Goodbye for now!  I’ll be back.  Soon, I hope!

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Fabric Art at UBS

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I am honored to have been invited to participate in this show in a lovely venue with five other artists whom I admire (not listed:  Diana Shore).  If you have a chance to visit, or would like to attend a nice, catered reception on the UBS Financial third floor outdoor patio, please do!

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“Petals” at the Proverbs’ CoffeeHouse

Four of my art quilts are currently on display at a cute little coffee house run by a local Lutheran church.  The art show, entitled “Petals,” with a floral theme, is only open two weekends, which is a shame, because it is such a delightful venue.  Represented are watercolors, oil paintings, pottery, textile art and more.

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Upcoming show in Camarillo, California

In March I will be in a show called Petals at the Proverbs CoffeeHouse in Camarillo, California.  The show will run for four afternoons, March 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This will be a special show because it includes a number of media, not just art quilts.  It is open to the public and free of admission.  Please visit if you get the chance!!!

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Quilt featured in Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine!

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My art quilt entitled The City 3 is featured in this month’s Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine!!!  It is featured in the article Cityscapes, and is third in my personal series of cityscapes.

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Shibori with Sue Cavanaugh

In October I hopped on a plane and went to Ohio to take Sue Cavanaugh’s shibori class at Nancy Crow’s Barn near Columbus.  Just being at the Barn is an amazing experience, complete with gourmet food and beautiful farmland surroundings.

Sue doesn’t teach much, so I had waited for two years for this class, and it was worth it!  Most of us were experienced fabric dyers and had done a certain amount of shibori already.  But what we took away from this class was inspiration; inspiration to try new ideas, to experiment, and to make time to devote to doing art and quilting.  Sue is now into installation art, and her curiosity and sense of excitement is infectious.  Now I am in the process of figuring out how to use shibori as a “drawing” medium.

I expressly went to this class to learn how Sue leaves the shibori stitching in after dyeing her fabric.  Her answer was simple, “I just leave the thread in!”  Somehow it didn’t work at home, but it did in Ohio.  Go figure.

Here is a piece using just two stitches, with the shibori threads left in:

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Guest Artist

In September of this year, I was honored to be invited to be the Guest Artist at the local Conejo Valley Quilters annual quilt show, held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.  Since my quilts are art quilts, not traditional in the true sense of the word, I had a blast describing how my pieces were made and what inspired them.  I decided my overall theme would be “techniques,” since each of my quilts was so different, yet connected to the rest because they were technique-driven.

I had fun reconnecting to people I hadn’t seen for as many as ten years.  It was an affirming experience, visiting with those with the same passion for quilting and explaining my detour away from traditional quilting into art quilting.  Thanks to everyone at CVQ.  You are the best!

Photo: Ready in my role as Featured Artist at the Conejo Valley Quilt Show today!

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