Spring Meadow Commission

Below is an image of my progress on my current commission. This image has been sent to the client and to R Gallery as a preview before I start quilting on my longarm. I plan to add some more hand stitches before machine quilting. I have told the client that I can make minor changes at this point, but would not be able to change it once it is quilted. Here’s hoping the client likes it so far!

Above is a detail shot of the hand stitches. This quilt is fused with a wide variety of commercial, hand-dyed and painted fabric from my extensive stash.

On the left you will see my rendition of birch trees. The original had aspen trees in the Fall, but the client wanted birch trees in the Spring. Hopefully, this will fulfill her expectations.

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A New Commission

I have received a commission to create a similar quilt to “Backcountry Hillside”. The original quilt was sold at R Gallery in Boulder, Colorado during their exhibit, “Aspen in the Fall”. Feeling blessed and excited! It is a validation to sell your original artwork to someone you don’t know. To have artwork commissioned is truly a thrill, kind of like a leap of faith by the client and by the artist, too. This is a great way to start out 2023! Below is a detail shot of hand stitches on vintage silk from the original quilt.

Industrial Exhibit

R Gallery has accepted my quilt, “Art Remains” into an exhibit titled INDUSTRIAL. The exhibit starts in January 11th and ends March 5th, 2023. The quilt below started out with rusting raw canvas with rusty items, like washers, a railroad tie, wire and a ball chain. This is hand stitched and machine stitched with grommets, eyelets, and dull sewing machine needles. I have always wanted to make further use out of those old needles. The title was inspired by my grandfather’s writings about new discoveries and inventions starting with a dream and that art remains even though we have become industrialized and no matter how warmly we embrace technology.

Backcountry Hillside – SOLD This was exhibited at R Gallery during their “Aspen in the Fall” exhibit.

Also sold this summer from R Gallery was my wall quilt titled “Above the Creek”.

Pods – Future Promise

September exhibit at the NoBo Art Center in Boulder, Colorado is a response to the devastating Marshall Fire with the hope of regrowth and recovery.

Please consider attending first Friday on September 2nd. This is also the beginning of Labor Day weekend, so mark your calendars now. Demo day is September 17th to see eco-printing with a heat press. You will be amazed at the colors and details created before your eyes!

Transformations Art Exhibit at PACE

Two of my quilts have been juried into the next art exhibit at the Parker Art Center. It will run from June 1 to July 29, 2022. “Profusion” was transformed by reworking a rectangular black and white eco-dyed quilt by adding elements to the sides and to the top, plus adding shocking pink to the surface. Lots of hand stitching and machine quilting were also added.

Below see “Walking Pathways” transformed from my cleaning canvas used to clean the brayer when I am gelli plate printing. I have added hand stitches, painted dryer sheets and clay stepping stones in addition to machine quilting. You can see the frayed edges and selvedge edge as well on this quilt.
“Walking Pathways” sold as of 7-22-22 from the Parker Art Center Event center. It shows primitive hand stitching and paper clay rocks as stepping stones. I also created a handwritten acrylic lift by writing on freezer paper and lifting it onto a dryer sheet with acrylic medium.

Brand new seed pod

I have completed an impossible seed pod! See below for photo. I first created a small quilt that was collaged and mono-printed, then stitched, quilted and finished the edges with satin stitch. All the results of taking a workshop by Sue Brenner. I was very happy with it and then decided to add “pish dots” made with vintage kimono silk. These were sewn or glued on attempting to make it look like seeds were emerging from the “pod”. #impossibleseedpod, #naturesartinstitch, #naturesartmotes

Then just today I finished my small quilt titled “Garden Treasure” which will be submitted into an exhibit, “Elements” at the First United Methodist Church in Boulder.

Garden Treasure

Below is “Leaves Apparent” also submitted to the Elements exhibit. These leaves were gelli plate printed on organza, collaged and fused. Added were hand stitching and machine quilting.

Art Quilts at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

My two quilts have been accepted into RMQM’s Evolutions exhibit for 2022. They are titled “Emergent” and “Backcountry Hillside”. Today I was surprised that “Emergent” is on the postcard that the museum mails to all their patrons! That is a first for me.

See Emergent above on the far right. Below is a detail of this quilt which uses painted dryer sheets, silk cocoons, a painted white twig, printed organza, hand stitching and machine quilting.
Below is a full image of Backcountry Hillside, originating in a Marianne Williamson workshop taken last year.

This uses hand-dyed fabric, vintage kimono silk, painted and printed organza, hand stitching and machine quilting.

Hope Spirit Dolls

Below is my newest spirit doll names “Quinn”. My spirit dolls were inspired by Emily Dickinson’s line of poetry: “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in your soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” I have composed two haikus which I print on the labels for my dolls, along with their names.

When hope enters in

With wings and feathers flying

Hold on with your heart

Quinn – Hope Spirit Doll

This was composed during lockdown, closures and cancellations of so many events scheduled for 2020. Creating the spirit dolls kept me busy and were a distraction from negative and depressed thoughts. Things seem a bit better in 2021, but still the virus changes our plans. “Fragile thoughts transcend. Hoping for new beginnings. Hope for endings too.

Art Gallery Exhibit

The exhibit called “Vibrant and Bold” will be showing my art quilt during the month of October 2021. My piece is titled “Lichen on Blue”. It includes hand-painted silk, heat-distressed Tyvek, felted wool, silk, hand painted cotton and yarn with hand stitches and machine quilting. I am excited because it is only my second lichen piece to be selected to be exhibited. I have a series of lichen quilts. Below is a detail of some hand stitching with French knots and the felted wool on this quilt.