Archive for July 2011

Art Camp Under the Trees

On a recent vacation, I wandered through an art supply store with my mom, sister, and three nieces.  It didn’t take long for the art bug to bite and we were chomping at the bit to create some art!  After purchasing just a few supplies, we headed back to our cabins for “art camp.”  Since […]

Experimenting with White on White

My local fiber art group is having a White on White challenge.  Since I like vivid colors and strong contrasts, that’s a bit of a stretch for me.  But one that I welcome.  Still, I’m VERY thankful that we’re interpreting the definition of white pretty loosely! I decided that such a delicate color scheme might be […]

Design Your Own Nature Quilt: August 1st in Melbourne, FL

This is my favorite class to teach, because the students learn SO MUCH!  The morning is devoted to learning about design.  Working on individual and group exercises, you’ll learn about focal point, composition, and loosely interpreting a photo.  We’ll start with my own photos so there’ll be no pressure to get it perfect. By late […]

Doll Artists = Fiber Artists

Several of my local fiber art buddies enjoy making art dolls.  And what extraordinary dolls they are!  As a matter of fact, I think the word doesn’t begin to do them justice.  Maybe we should call them “fiber beings” or something like that.  Just see what I mean. This is Gabriel, made by Barbara Bilbo. Click […]

Mountain Flowers

Although I love the colorul tropical flowers of Florida, it’s refreshing to see different blossoms in other parts of the country.  On a recent trip to the mountains of North Carolina, I was greeted by flowers at every turn.  Even the “weeds” by the fence posts were note worthy! A few favorites follow.  Click any […]

Exciting Quilt Auction!

Do you know about the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) fund raising auction?  Oh, it’s phenomenal!  Hundreds of artists have donated quilts approximately 12″ x 12″ which will be auctioned online in batches. This is the one donated by my friend, Martha Wolfe, called Nasturtium. Click image for a larger view Martha constructed this piece entirely […]

Depicting Trees, Part Two

In my previous post I showed you several examples of trees I’ve created over the years.  Now, we’ll take a look at tree trunks.  Again, there is no formula for this.  Just a consideration of what’s important about the trunks in question. Here’s an early art quilt, Autumn Breeze.  Since it depicts Aspen trees, I […]

Depicting Trees

Since I do a lot of quilts inspired by nature, I often need to depict trees.  But, I don’t have a set “formula,” since every situation is different.  Instead, I notice what’s important about the tree(s) and try to capture that. In the Mountain Meadow, below, I just needed a mass of green with some […]

New Video: How to Make an Accordion Book

Making a simple accordion book is very easy.  I show you how to do it in my latest video. In addition to a no-measuring way to make the basic structure, I show you had to add both hand and machine stitching to your project. These little books are quick and fun.  I hope you’ll check out […]

Announcing a Hometown Class

I’m trying something different. Rather than teaching for a guild, I’m renting a space in Melbourne, FL and personally coordinating all the class advertising and details.  Kinda exciting (and scary.)    August 1, 2011 Design Your Own Nature Quilt  6 hours, no sewing, $65, (includes $5 kit fee) Find full class details here, but first, check […]