Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year!!!

Even if you think snow is for the birds.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

TAA Member Show

I am in the midst of getting ready for Christmas, doing unnecessary things like painting my bedroom. But I really wanted it to look better and that involved moving all the furniture; desk, chest of drawers 3 full bookcases, and the bed The sticking point is 3 full bookcases. Yikes! But now it is all done, my former studio is patched, painted and set up as a bedroom. Both rooms painted a light grey with blue under tones. Very sedate. Or may I say, sellable?

Here is my latest piece. In the Third Grade I Fell in Love with the Nine Patch. The nine patches are old patchwork samples that were collected by the Cleveland Museum of Art then de-accessioned to TAA for fund raising. I did it for our Textile Art Alliance Member Show which will open  at Lorain County Community College February 17. I am the TAA coordinator of the show. Actually I am now the vice president of TAA.
I also landed a part time job as a secretary at church. This added to the freelance work at the ad agency should keep me out of trouble. I wouldn't count on it.
It has been very cold here, in the teens and poor Miss Skittles finally got her blanket put on. I think she wanted it the way she stuck her head in the opening. The whole time I was brushing her and putting the blanket on Willy was yelling for a flake of hay, making Skittles a little tense. But she has  trust enough that she needed that blanket and that hay would come she let me fix her up. When I first got her she might have given me a hard time. Evidently age is a good thing in a horse.
Then little Miss Dyna decided to help paint by curling up by the freshly painted wall, there is nothing like a black dog with grey racing stripes. I didn't take photos because I was in a hurry to get her washed before the paint dried. And no, making snow angels does not remove paint, she tried! Boy how she tried.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Few Details

I have been told I leave too many gaps. And I think that's true so here are some details.
To the left is our family home at sunrise. I have lived here all my life. In fact across the road is the 98 acre farm where my mother grew up.
It is a large house 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, formal living room, family room, 2 car attached garage and a small barn that fits 2 vehicles and some chickens (we actually had a cow in there at one time.)
When my mom died the house was left to me, unless I didn't want it, in which case we will sell it and divide it between myself and five brothers. Well, as a single person I don't need or want this large house, it's a lot of work and with 2 acres of grass to cut, it's a 2 and half hour ride once or twice a week. So it will be on the market in the spring. Unless I decide to open a B&B. Nope that's not going to happen. So this winter it's Dyna and I are painting and fixing things up. Dyna is moral support. She won't even make me a sandwich because she says she doesn't have opposable thumbs, whatever, she is always good at making me laugh.

Now Skittles the horse, I have owned her for 12 years. I bought her and showed her a little, my niece showed her a little and she is just good fun. She will be 21 years old on January 6, my dad's birthday, which is one of the reasons I bought her. She is a registered quarter horse with very smooth gaits and while she was very petulant when she was younger, she has either mellowed or else we're just used to each other. But if she hasn't been ridden in a while you can throw a saddle on her and go out and have a good ride. She was boarded with good friends, Nancy and Paul, but they sold their farm and she now gets boarded with their daughter, Julie and her horse Willy. She lives about 10 miles away and they are in the middle of building a barn and arena for permanent quarters. Skittles and Willy are in a lean to behind a workshop on Julie's property. It's not that bad, pretty snug, just a little dark, no windows but there are lights. All will be well when the barn and arena get finished, right now there are poles awaiting rafters, walls and a roof. The Amish are coming. I will see if I can get photos, the Amish are not willing to have their picture taken. Right now there is a foot of snow on the ground.

Friday, December 3, 2010

How to make Corgi snow angels

Someone was very excited to see snow today. There was constant begging to go out. Why? Corgi snow angels. There were 5 of them on the driveway in a short time. And since it was snowing pretty good they disappeared quickly, so I had to go out with the camera and document them.

First, select a good spot and roll

 Roll the second side

Contemplate your work

Rest and make sure you have melted sufficient snow

and you have a wonderful yard decoration!
Happy Corgi-days!

But if you the energy left you can add corgi drawing to the yard by running some quick circles through the snow. Best done at top speed!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Time flies

I can't believe only 2 more days to December. I have been busy, cleaning out this big house and I had over 2 weeks of work freelancing at the ad agency. I have my studio all moved downstairs and have been doodling over small pieces. Nothing much to show just quilting organza over old sheet blankets I found, they have blue stripes that peeks out of the organza. I baked pies to take over to my oldest brothers house for Thanksgiving, pumpkin, apple and berry. Friday I cooked my own turkey breast because I love turkey sandwiches, the real turkey not the slab grocery store stuff.
They started the barn so maybe the 2 refugees will be in permanent stalls by Christmas. Poor things, but it is kind of drafty because the door faces into the wind and there are no trees to break the wind. But it will be cooler in the summer. look how poor she looks. Ha. Looks like she needs a couple of laps around the arena!

I did clean her stall after this photo.

Next I will be working on using up all the flannel scraps from the hospital gowns I made last year that never sold. I think i will make lap quilts out of them and donate them along with the gowns to the hospice that took care of my mom, they have a need for their people that have no insurance.

And I will be in charge of Textile Art Alliances member show in February. I am kind of looking forward to it, to keep busy and also to learn how to coordinate shows.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The last thing you won't see at QN

Maple Street Girls Club
44"H x 68" W

This piece has a lot to do with the aging process and what happens when we as a group age.

It was a puzzle to do when it came to putting the photos done and there was just an outline to paste down.

I intended it to be food for thought and I think it is. Perhaps too much food.

To that end I have found many photos of myself that are going to turn into art over the winter. In the meantime, I am moving my studio to a downstairs room and it is turning into quite the project. I bought four bookcase and a proper desk instead of my collection of pressboard boxes and boards. I have set up my sewing and embellishing machines and have moved my fabric and loads of books down. Now I may actually make something as my gold ATCs are over due. Time flys! And I have successfully installed WiFi so my computer could move away from the phone system. I guess I am clever after all. Putting together furniture and computers.

I am not a political person, I think it is somewhat like sex. No one really wants to know. But I must say I was happy about Tuesdays outcome. I hope some common sense finally prevails. Our state is sadly lacking in the jobs sector but we keep electing the same democratic tax-the-hell-out-of-you-and-wonder why-the-job-providing-companies-left. Time will tell. Remember when the president moved in and all his supporters said "We took our country back? Well, evidently some of us wanted "our" country back. But it's not the time to gloat. It's time to settle down and work hard and make things better. It's time to meet in the middle. The answer to healthcare is NOT the government sticking it's nose in. Anyone who has dealt with medicare will tell you that. You constantly have to monitor because the system sucks you in and then tries to regurgitate you. And can you trust a system that passes all kinds of inane laws to "protect" you? Look at San Francisco where they want to outlaw toys in happy meals because they make kids fat but want to OK marijuana that makes you want to binge on sweets that, wait for it, make you FAT! Huh?

Okay, off the soapbox, I read all the comments on Facebook and I just wanted my little say. Back to work. Bring another load of art supplies down.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Time Off for Good Behavior

Really, I was good! I baked 11 pies for our church's Fall Festival. 5 apple. 5 pumpkin and 1 cherry/pear, (I was cleaning the cupboard and it wasn't all that bad. I may have to make that again. We raised some money that will go towards our community suppers. The church's in our little town got together and each one sponsors a supper each day of the last week of the month, so no one has to go hungry. We formed a garden committee and tilled up a half acre (God's Little Green Acre?). You can take a small plot or 2 or you can work in our community garden. We raised a lot of vegetables and donated to the community kitchen and meals on wheels. Then we sold our extras for donations after mass and raised a fair amount to pass on for the suppers. Neat, and we all had a good time doing it.
Sunday was Textile Art Alliance Wearable Fashion Show and Boutique. I did the signs, program and name badges and then worked the raffle booth and manned the door for stragglers. Hopefully we raised a good amount of money for the Cleveland Museum of Art's textile collection.
Totally two ends of the spectrum but both are food for the soul I guess.
And so my reward was a day with Mr Keith LoBue!
For a class about adhering paper to well, anything! Lots of cool techniques and great ideas.

My final piece, though I will do more to this to finish it.
And then I have worked a few freelance day.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Another Thing You Won't See at QN

In the Fourth Grade the Artist Read about Picasso
33"H  x 22"W

From the start of my self portrait series.  Hmmm, I wonder if I have to admit that this is self destruction. Nah, I just deconstructed the photo not myself. But it is shaping up to be a fun series.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What You Won't See at Quilt National 2011

Her Marriage to Walter Made Miriam Feel She Had Become the Little Woman
35" H x 47" W
In a long rambling email I among hundreds of others was rejected. Oh well. 
Am I a bad artist? No, it obviously wasn't the right show for my work. 
All pieces will be entered in other shows. All I can do is offer my art to the world.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dad Time

I have done a lot of art celebrating my mom. She and her sisters took loads of photos. Especially when they were teenagers. I even have have her little red box brownie.
My dad was another story. I don't remember seeing photos of him taken as a child, his parents divorced when he was seven. He never saw his father again. He didn't have contact with his father's family until the mid sixties when his aunt was looking for relatives. We then got connected with some of his family. They are from England, we made some connections and I have a large family tree going back to the 1400's.
I have been cleaning out my mothers bedroom and have found a small treasure trove of dad photos. My parents saved a lot of things, the hospital bill from my oldest brothers birth, pay receipts from the army, discharge papers, my mothers grade school report cards, etc.
To the left is my dad. I know my mother was a hottie but dad was a cutie as a child.
I have a great nephew who is a dead ringer for my dad.
So here's to you dad, finally reunited with your forever sweetie in heaven.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Morning Visitor

Every morning Dyna, otherwise know as The Studio Assistant, and I head out the back door to feed the fish while Dyna waters the grass, then I head out to the road to retrieve the paper. As soon as Dyna sees me head back from the road, she runs up the front sidewalk to the front door where she waits patiently on the ramp for me to let her in.
She started this about a month ago. I hope she doesn't expect me to shovel snow off the walk in the winter!

In other news, Skittles moved to her new home with Willy the other horse in the barn. Paul and Nancy sold the farm where she was boarded so she now stays with with Julie, Paul and Nancy's daughter who is also Willys owner. That's Skittles red rump on the right.  Let's say she's not happy about the new digs. It'll grow on her and there are plans for a permanent barn and pasture.
Now Dyna has a new barn to visit and 2 new dogs to get used to.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The End of an Era

Beatrice Agnes Gilgenbach Tipple
1/8/1915 – 9/5/2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tying Up the Odds and Ends

First project to leave was my Quilt National entry. Next to hit the mailbox was the dreaded brown ATCs. I guess I am not a brown fan because I had to buy some fat quarters to do these. Actually there were 9 of them to ship off to the QSDS ATC group. I came in as a late player so I do not have the full set of colors but what I do have is really great. White, Black, Gray. Hard to work with but some really neat Mini Art. Thanks guys. These are in the mail to Etta.

Then I started another self portrait. So far the base is down and a layer of modeling paste with dots imprinted in it. It will, I think, contain some old patchwork that was de-acquistioned from the Cleveland Museum of Art Textile Department. They donated over a 1000 pieces from their collection to Textile Art Alliance, which is an affiliate group of the museum, and we have been auctioning and selling pieces to raise money for the CMA Textile Department. Sort of one hand washes the other.

The other thing occupying my time is my continuing work with what I call mini fabric books. An out growth from Dorothy Caldwell's markmaking class. And a good hand and time occupier. Below is a sample of a 5-1/2" wide x 4" deep book. Fits perfectly in your hand. Click to enlarge.

I probably have done a half dozen of them so far and I have plenty or scraps of cloth to patch together. I keep a small sandwich sized bag with scraps, needle, scissors and metallic embroidery thread in a bag with my sketchbook with a pencil, sharpener and eraser. I am never far from amusing myself.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Things to do on a hot summer day

Well, there is eating. Someone is happy out in the pasture. She did get ridden, we even took a stroll outside but the flies were bad.
Then I have freelanced for a few days and worked on quilts. I have finished 4 in the past 3 months which is a lot for me. But not working has helped, plus I had some ideas which worked out. Nothing I can show until October when the Quilt National show is announced. Then I will probably have everything to show you. Or maybe not.

Alright, here is the one that I am not entering. It is 69" x 67".  My other pieces are smaller and have a bit more content to them. I am really trying to put content into my art, I am trying to get to the next level.
Next up: can she can tomato sauce? The tomatoes and basil are ripening!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

All My Children



knocked over by some heavy rain, it did come back to upright.

I shall raise all these children,

and eat them!!!

It sounds a little bad but tastes delicious.
We have eaten 2 tomatoes and feasted on corn from the farms around us.
Canned 26 pints of peaches.

And started another piece that may be     Quilt National worthy. We shall see.
                                                                                                No idle hands here!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


OK I did it.
I am now officially retired. I signed up for Social Security. I wanted to wait till 65 or 66, but in this economy I have decided to quit fighting it.
I will be home to take care of mom, garden, mow lawn, volunteer for various things like the TAA, church and QSDS newsletter.
And there is art! I have lots of ideas for a new series of deconstructed photo quilts. And best do them while they are fresh in my mind.
Oh, I will be freelancing to earn extra money, anyone that needs a hand with print production or graphic design call me. But I am not going to stress over finding a job, or even one to apply to anymore.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Transfer Class

I gave a talk Tuesday to The Northcoast Needlers. A great group. I had to follow their Show-and-Tell.  Gulp. Lots of great work. They were a fun group and I got to show a little of what I do. I seriously need a lap top. You need PowerPoint to do talks. Everyone loves a photo and I did a Power Point but had nothing to plug in to the projector.
I now own a MacBook. Yay!
It's a cute little bugger. I think I have to name him. Probably something like Max. He is a male. That way if he doesn't work I can yell and call him a bad boy.
Saturday I taught a class in image transfer to a hard working bunch of women from the Northcoast Needlers. I learned a lot and next time I think I can be better prepared. And more focused. But they did a lot of work. We did gel medium transfers from ink jet photo paper and transparencies which we ran thru my printer. Lots of different  effects. We also did Xylene transfers from toner prints and ran fabric thru the printer.
We were so busy I forgot to pull the camera out till everyone but one person had packed up. But here are the great results.
I hope everyone had a good time and learned a lot. And I  will be joining the Northcoast Needlers. They are a very large group, 194 members spread out over several counties in Northern Ohio.
Garden is weeded. I picked 2 tomatoes tonight. And I have several watermelons going, the size of a large softball. I am so excited over those watermelons. It's like I have discovered children under a cabbage leaf. Silly! But that is the magic of a garden. The proud mother will have to take baby pictures.
The studio assistant like to lay nearby guarding them.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Great Week

I had a great week at  QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium). I took a master class with Judy Hooworth. We had a stimulating conversation everyday about Art and Quilts, Art Quilt Ethics, What is an Art Quilt?, etc. All very thought provoking. Five days flew by and we all hit the wall on the third day with no bus trip to rest us.
Next year will be different. We will be back to the old 2 week schedule in a new location. Columbus College of Art & Design. Proper classrooms and we will be in the dorm with cafeteria food. You can eat as little or as much as you prefer. And it will be a Quilt National year so the bus trip will be great. Yay!
On a sad note my camera's memory card decided to malfunction so all my class pics are caput. Not that I was going to show you my finished product. But let's put it this way. I started with 2 people quilts with a husband and wife on each.  The wife got cut into strips and was layered over the husband. The left over strips were sewn back together and overlays of their faces printed on organza were the top layer. And there you go, it worked and I am resolved to do deconstruction to more things. It really added interest.
And to that end, I signed up for Kerr Grabowski's deconstructed screen printing next year. I can't wait. Pieces Parts!
And to Del, Judy sends you her love.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Where did May go?

I didn't realize its been nearly a month. I have worked nearly full time, mowed lawn at least twice a week, finished a huge piece of work. 67" x 69" I am not going to picture it here but I did have a post when I was first laying it out. February 9th post.
And now I am packing... for Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus Ohio. A master class with Judy Hooworth.
Master classes are self determined projects. Really an uninterrupted time to work on whatever you wish. And I would, but my pieces barely fit on the two six foot long table I pushed together in the basement. So I am thinking about the embellisher and some gray wool felt and some stitching. If something comes of it I will post it, promise. But I am not promising to be prompt. Just hedging my bets.
Think of Lee Bontecou's art as a jumping off point. We'll see.
The studio assistant is not pleased. She is not happy about my working and her watching mom, but on the other hand she is happy to handle all leftover pieces of ham and toast, thank you very much.  And when that truck gets packed on Monday and pulls down the driveway she will really be miffed. I bought her a big bag of treats today.
I'm sure it's really not big enough.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spending Quality Time

Where have I been?

spending hours with my former full time employer as a freelancer.
In their fancy new space, which is planned out as a village. All the offices are little houses, or cabins or whatever. With streets of old posters (think Toulouse Lautrec) and antiques sprinkled in. With modern meeting rooms with huge plasma screened TVs for presentations.

Paulines little house

Lemonade on the veranda anyone?
So, mowing after work, and horse stall cleaning and maybe a little art later. But I am not complaining. you must make hay while the sun shines! And today I shipped out Sunday, Ft. Lauderdale, 3pm to the Quilted Surfaces VI show in Delaware and next weekend I will take my piece over to Oberlin to the Artist as Quiltmaker show.
Nope, I am NOT complaining!!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday Night Out

I'm not used to going out at night anymore. You would think I was 80 not 61! But for a long time my mother would panic if I went out for dinner or whatever. Last night I went to Asterisk Gallery in Tremont a suburb of Cleveland, very artsy-trendy. My friend Christine Mauersburger  was  part of an exhibition. Very cool work, tiny stitches that she takes from her sketchbook. I loved the patches on the wall too. I named her best in show! And nothing happened to me!  I didn't tell mom I went and all was well. Plus I got a great hand full of rusted nails and wood from the sidewalks. Now to make some more collages with my "free" pieces-parts.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Solo Show

Photos from my solo show at The Gathering Place,
800 Sharon Drive, Westlake Ohio 
Hours Monday thru Friday 9 -5. The show will be at this west side location for two months from April to June. Then it will travel to the east side location 23300 Commerce Park, Cleveland for two months. It is really great to see all the work hung together, especially my Things Your Mother Warned You About series.
The Gathering Place  is a really wonderful Hospice Center that offers a lot of services. Hopefully my work will give a lift to people's days.
Thanks to Eileen and TGP for the opportunity.

Friday, March 19, 2010

On the Couch

Sunday, Fort Lauderdale, 3pm
juried into The Quilted Surface VI
Ross Art Museum Delaware, Ohio
May 18 to July 4
This is a photo of my grandmother, third from the left, her sister Kitty, far left and Kitty's husband Jim Tranter, he was an owner of Fasig-Tipton the auction house for all the racing thoroughbreds. I think this was taken in the thirties. I'm not sure who the lady on the right was, but she was very elegant.
The Quilted Surface is part of Quilt Surface Design Symposium. If you want to go, classes are filling up. But there are some good ones left. Bob Adams is teaching discharge and he is an excellent source of knowledge as to the safe way to do things. The first 2 1/2 days are discharge and the last 2 1/2 days are putting the discharged pieces together.
My friend Diane Herbort is going to teach a collage class. If you want to improve your design skills this is a great class, you start in paper and work your way to cloth. Great for people who want to dip their toe in the Art Quilt pool. And it should be fun!
I am taking a master class with Judy Hooworth. Hope to see you there!
And my website is back up with more quilts in the gallery and all the links (so far) showing up. Finally.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2010

I was juried into Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of Ohio 2010. Great show to get in. 
Dates are:
May 2 - June 20 Ohio Craft Museum, 
Opening Sunday May 2 1 - 4

August 9 – Sept  25 Owen Community College, 
Perrysburg (near Toledo)

Nov 4 – Dec 18 Lima Artspace, Lima

Easter Sunday

Mixed Media Textile
64" H x 35" W
August 2009

Friday, March 5, 2010

Riding Shotgun

It's always best to take some one along to watch your back when cleaning horse stalls.
You never know when a kitty may sneak up on you.

Or this could sneak up on you!
Does that blanket need washing or what?
And what about the belly hanging out?
Actually that is her baby basket, but I am
not looking to fill it.

Friday, February 26, 2010

What to do on a snowy day

Inspired by Jude Hill's Spirit Cloth and slow stitching; rust stains, embroidery thread, mattress ticking. I have a bunch of these scraps. Some day they may unite into something. In the meantime they are scraps to noodle on while spending time next to mom's bed. Best thing we did was put a recliner next to her hospital bed. Everyone drops in for a visit. Plus we play nature tapes so it is very calming. And then we wonder why she hasn't been out of bed since the Superbowl!

Lots of snow today, 4 to 5" and it is still snowing. At this rate the snow pile will be here until April!
 My mother has no reason to get out of bed. She doesn't want to see snow!

And a big announcement! I will be having a solo show the beginning of April at The Gathering Place in Westlake, Ohio. We are going to hang my Mom quilts on 2 walls, should be fun to see them all together. I think I have a few sleeves and labels to sew on but everything is pretty much already done. I am starting a new series of school photos that won't be ready for awhile, the first one is something like 67" x 69". It will be a bear to ship anywhere. But it wants to be that big, so far anyway, I have been known to snip things down. It's called editing.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Whatever happened to...

The monoprinted beaded piece I started at the end of May?
Ta Da!!!!
It grew into a space piece surrounded by embellished organza, The background is a glittered piece of black fabric covered by a piece of organza studded with tiny bits of silver beads. I free style stitched it and then cut some of the organza back.  I finished the edges by satin stitching and then painted the edges with black acrylic.
It was go-to piece throughout QSDS and the summer and finally got finished in January.
Speaking of QSDS, if you are thinking of going, now is the time to sign up. Some classes are nearly full and some are in need of  participants. Bob Adams is a great teacher and is doing discharge this year. If you want to know how to do discharge correctly and safely Bob is the guy.
And Diane Herbort is teaching a collage class. If you want to kick your creativity and thought process up a gear collage is a wonderful tool.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


This is the start of something big! Yup, 67" by 69". Barely fits on the two folding tables I paint on, it hangs over by two or three inches so I have to pull it back and forth. The first coat of gel medium, paint and water is on. A coat of white paint will follow and then the print. It is from a photo album I bought at a flea market at the Medina County Fairgrounds. I had it printed out on 24 x 36 inch paper so I had six panels to trim out. The people at Staples are wondering what I am up to. He, he. They should ask the fabric cutters at JoAnn's. They want to know what I do with all that cotton duck. I'm not telling! 
And here is a photo of my reluctant studio assistant. Can we go for a walk, pleeeeeese! Come on isn't it time for a cookie? Actually she hates the sound of my sewing machine and heads for the downstairs when I sew. As soon as I switch it off she back under the table though. I think the machine has a high pitch to it. My collie hated it also.