Friday, February 24, 2017

Space Pieces

The Hidden Life of Black Holes. This started as 4 small squares that were monoprinted, stitched and beaded. This was from an Ilze Aviks class I took at QSDS. They hung around for awhile until I decided to put them together and covered them with netting and tulle. I made them look like they were bursting from the tulle. About a year later I learned about free motion stitching and added the stitching in the background. This was before I figured out how to print on cloth. It was a journey.
A close up.

A second piece. The beading gives these pieces a lovely feel and weight. It goes rather quickly if you get yourself to sit and do it. Put some classical music on, or queue up some CDs.
Keeps your hands out of the cookie jar!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I am working on another Dad piece. The photo is a professional photo that was taken for his work. He looks a little stern but up close  is a little softer looking. Maybe I just think that as I really loved my father and hope I carry his integrity forward, but I digress. The circle is a newspaper page I painted with amber shellac. It has a wonderful texture but after I stitched it, it became rather fragile. Time will tell, I am now stitching the face . I love to do the stitching but worry that it is not going to look good. Tension!

This is a very old piece I started and then got stalled on when I moved. And I moved 5 or 6 years ago, I was bored one day and pulled is out. I have added tons of beading in the past 2 weeks. Maybe I will finish it finally. It will be my third space piece. Who knew?!

I will have to take a photo of one of my oldest pieces, The Secret Life of Black Holes. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Boy Who Loved Flowers

My brother Mickey is a truck farmer, that is he has a small farm where he sells veggies at a roadside stand. He also has 100 chickens and sells eggs and meat chickens. He keeps bees also. There are flowers but not for sale, of course, if you ask he would probably give them to you.

My mother loved flowers and we always had a house surrounded by flower beds as well as a large garden. We canned and froze a lot of produce, veg and fruit.

I guess it comes naturally!

 A close up, underneath the face is flowered fabric, the stitching is an varigated pastel pink and blue. It all works somehow.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I'm Back!

Sorry for the time off but it was a crazy holiday season.

Before Christmas I adopted a dog named Mary. She was a scruffy little girl, part cairn terrier with maybe some bull dog or boxer. Five to six years old with eye problems. She was very good in the house, no accidents, bad behavior, etc.
 Alas she was not used to walking on a leash, the first few days we walked the neighborhood and she was getting more relaxed, I thought we had made progress till one icy day, yeah I know, ICE!!!, I was gingerly avoiding the sidewalk and walking on the grass when she bolted and I was down in an instant. Fortunately nothing was broken but severely strained as I went down on my right side jamming my upper arm.

Fortunately I was able to send her back. I hope some one takes a chance on her. I think she wants a teen age boy to romp with not some old lady. We did have fun running around the dining room table one night.

HeightsArts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio opened a show called Likeness January 13. I have 4 pieces in this wonderful diverse show about portraits. There are 2 mixed media, a photographer, a painter, a ceramicist and me the fiber person. It was so crowded I did not have time to take any photos. Lots of fun!

And my experiments with painted backgrounds has progressed to this:

When Fourth Graders Wear Makeup. My printer wants to print everything in color, even when I try to make it just print black and white so I turned a little green. I went with the flow and added makeup. I also added paint over the printed fabric which was a little dark. It turned out fun. As always fun is good.

And commenting is free!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Happenings

The tree is up and so is the Nativity set plus some outdoor lights. Now I need to bake cookies.

I have been looking at dogs. I decided I don't need to spend a fortune on a companion as much as I would love to have a corgi again I'm not spending thousands on a dog that the breeder won't let you have breeding rights unless you give them another thousand. So I have been going to the pound, lots of pit bull types. Not my type! I am sure I will find something. Wish me and some dog needing a home some luck.

This is my brother Mickey. Probably a fourth grade photo, I painted the background on paper, added a paper copy of him, added more paint, photographed it and had it printed on fabric. I wasn't happy with the fabric reproduction I need to work on the photography end of it but I see possibilities for future work.

Four new posts at

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New Blog

I have redone my website and added a new gallery section for the quilts I have been doing since 2011. I am having trouble with setting it up on the internet so I came up with the idea of a blog that is a gallery of work.

Each entry has a small explanation or story of the work.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

A New Look

I used to put together magazines for Meister Publishing, titles like, Agri-Consultant, Fruit Grower, Vegetable Grower etc. The owner would frequently decide to freshen the magazine with new graphics, fonts, etc. Exciting, fun times back in the day (1970s).

So it was time to freshen this old blog. I am sure there will be more tweaking. Enjoy!

Accordingly I have been thinking about my artwork. I have gone through lots of styles since I discovered Art Quilts in 2001. I have taken lots of classes at Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS).

Fran Skiles' class was eye opening, I wanted to incorporate old photos and now I had a way. I loved painting the canvas backgrounds but after the paint they were too stiff to stitch and hard to control in the machine if I DID get them near the needle! The biggest quilt of this series was a 7' tall piece with 27 11 x 17" xeroxes, it was huge, I have seen hung twice, once on my garage and once in a show.

I discovered Spoonflower and have been able to get large prints and with the addition of a large sewing machine, the Sweet Sixteen, I have been working away at improving my stitching, adding color and content through the stitching.

But now I am ready to add more so I have thinking about the fun of painting again. This is my first stage of the first attempt. I printed out a photo of my brother Mickey and added him to a painted background and added more paint on the print. I plan to photograph this, do any tweaking in photoshop and have it printed at Spoonflower. Stitching will commence when it is returned.

Wish me luck! And stay tuned.