Friday, December 22, 2017

Tis the Time of Year. . .

to spend time in the kitchen.
This is a photo of my grandma, whom we all called Mom. She is on the far right. The back of the photo said Martha's wedding. Who was Martha and why are these four ladies dressed up but wearing aprons? I think they were making wedding food, I gave them all little flowers as a thank you from Martha. This is one of my first experiments adding colored thread to a black and white print, or in this case, a sepia print. I found it rather dull when I got it back from Spoonflower but the color brightened it up.

The boxes on the wall are cigar boxes that I added doll house doors or windows too and decorated the insides with paper, etc. One has a pull-out fabric book with photos in it.

Monday, December 18, 2017

More stitching

Waiting on the Call, Draft Horse Pull at the Lorain Co Fair.
More stitching, more stitching, the horses and main handler are pretty much done so the back ground is next up. I try to work from the center out to minimize bubbles. There are always bubbles but as a good friend told me, those will quilt out. And they do.

We had lots of snow and Bobby was in his element, snooping for mice around the house foundation. I don't think he found any. Thank God!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tucked In

You gotta wonder, what is he going to do when it  snows?

Out for a walk and then he runs for the bed and tucks into the blankets. When I brought him home from the Animal Protective League the first thing he did was look for a bedroom.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Under the Needle

Stitching has begun! I think this is going to be all black and white, the stitching is going in an abstract direction. It will look abstract when you are close to it.

Love the horses.

My old gal is enjoying life in the pasture with a mini donkey and a pony. She thinks the pony is her baby! I never bred her because I didn't want to raise and break babies. She was not the easiest horse to be around, she wasn't one to rush over to the door to see you, many times I had to pretend I was leaving so she would come and let me put on a halter so we could ride. Once she had a halter on she was fine, she just figured if you gave up she would enjoy her leisure. She loved to go to shows I think she would have loaded herself in the trailer. Now we are pals, especially since her eyesight is bad she comes to my voice, plus she knows I am good for treats. Old friends!

Bobby is not a fan of cold weather, he loves his walks but as soon as we are home he heads for the bed to burrow under the covers. And he loves lap time, wedges his little butt into the recliner beside me to snuggle.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Another One Done

26 Flat Tires is finished! This took quite a while, all summer, in fact. But that time includes a week in the hospital and weeks of recovery.

This is a photo a friend sent me of her dad who took a trip out west with 3 friends in a borrowed milk truck. They're were gone a month and along the way they had 26 flat tires. Good times!

Now I have another big one on the board. I thought I would not do another this big, 72" x 42" but I couldn't resist making this big. It's impressive with the big work horses. Waiting for the Pull is waiting for the stitching!

Just for size, excuse the bad hair day.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Little Christmas Cheer

Every year the US Forestry Service puts up a Christmas display in Washington DC. Every state has a tree and 12 artists from each state are asked to contribute an ornament. This year I was delighted to be asked to contribute my art.

Yes, I have been known to do a little felting from time to time. Plus some beading! It was fun. Now I am considering buying ornaments and making some for my family. I couldn't find the ornaments at Pat Catans but you can find everything on Amazon.

Totally not what I was going to do at first but it came to me as I was going to sleep one night. All I had to do was buy some pony beads. US Forestry supplied the 5.5" plastic ornaments.

I have finished 26 Tires And just need to get a good photo of it. It's time to enter a few shows, Artist as Quiltmaker and Ohio +5 to name two good shows. Fingers crossed. And there is promise of a solo show at the Elyria Public Library next summer.

Thanks Ohio Craft Museum for asking me to do this.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Excuses, excuses

Please excuse the pause while I reconfigure life with a new computer! My old faithful laptop bit the dust with a loud thump! It was so old Apple no longer makes parts for it and when your motherboard goes, well, that's it.

I bought a new desktop version.

No DVD port so I had to buy a supplemental DVD player to reload all my graphic programs which are on CDs. Hopefully they will be useable. Lets say a quick prayer for my mainstay photoshop. And now for Indesign. I can't afford any of this with doctor bills coming in. I may have to start a go fund me account.


And the little man had to have emergency dental work, 15 teeth pulled. Yikes, poor guy. Luckily dogs have 42 teeth so he manages dinner and milk bones quite well.
Expensive little guy but I still love him.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Updated quilt blog

I have posted a few newly finished quilts on

Detail of Joe in the Garden of Eating

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Just a sample of the thread selection going into 26 Tires. Since the size is 72" x 41" this will take a lot of thread, depending on how dense I stitch it. So far it is pretty dense especially the road which is little pebbles of circular stitches in a varigated gray thread. Thanks to Joann G for a gift certificate to Barnes Sewing Center , they have a huge selection of thread in different weights and colors. You can't have too much thread!

Here is a closeup of Ed and his bunnies.

Life is good, I am regaining strength. Bobby is going for walks and Skittles is getting her stall cleaned (by me). Thanks to Nancy and Julie for caring for her while I was laid up.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bobby loves his mommy

He may stick his tongue out but he loves us all!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dog Pile

I guess this is a nice picture of a dog pile.

Two weeks ago Bobby investigated skunks, I don't think he  was sprayed directly but he did smell. He came running in the house and  went directly to the comforter in the spare bedroom. So he got a bath and the comforter had a trip to the laundermat. It now lives on the top shelf in the closet. Silly dog.

26 Tires has more stitching the rabbits are done and part of the truck. Not sure how the brown streaks appeared in this photo, it is a black and white print.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


It's my new middle name.
Big move, I threaded my sewing machine, I have not turned it on. Shame! I get a half hour's worth of fluid antibiotics in the evening and that seems to do me in, I go to bed and sleep for 12 hours straight. I had surgery on the toe Friday and today I go to the wound care center for a bandage change. I hope I can get a shoe on. I want to dead head flowers and pull some weeds.
Bobby is hoping for a walk.
Good thing I got him before all this happened as he is good company. He can sleep for 12 hours too!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hit and Miss

It's been a while. 26 Tires got some very minimal work done and then I spent 7 days in the hospital battling a foot infection. I am not out of the woods yet. On IV antibiotics daily and weak as a kitten, I have said hello to the floor or wall once or twice. It will take some time to get my self regulated to being diabetic. Goodbye Pepsi.  Poor Bobby's walks are around the yard. We were set to go for a walk this morning and someone's dog was loose and went after him. Same dog was loose and killed a cat in front of my neighbors house yesterday. Nice!
Life goes on, prayers are always needed and thanked!

Ever have a day where you just don't feel like yourself?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

It's here!

This should be fun, it covers my design board! I am contemplating the stitching and where I will add color if at all.

The crit group I belong to is on it's way over from the east side of Cleveland. I can unveil the newly finished Joe in the Garden of Eating and they get  preview of 26 Flat Tires.

Back to the salad fixings, fennel and chives from the garden and a strawberry pie.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Now I Wait

For my next piece of fabric. Which should be here today or tomorrow, maybe Saturday?!
Joe in the Garden of Eating is finished. 39.5" W x 32" H. I thought there would be some hand stitching but I removed it after I did a sample. Done!

And a detail, love all the different colors in what seemed to be a monochromatic print.

Next up is a photo a friend gave me of her dad on a trip out west, taken maybe in the thirties. Black and white. 72" long x 42" deep at the start, shrinkage occurs with the stitching. I need to check my stock of gray thread.

Monday, May 15, 2017


South end of dog going north.
Lots of walks!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lumps in your bed

First there was a lump in my bed!!!

Then there was a hairy black and white lump!

With a guilty looking face! Bobby is not a fan of cold and he gives me new blogging material.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The New Guy

Meet Bobby. 4 year old Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. Rescued from a hoarding situation. Likes walks, doesn't mind the sewing machine. The first night I had him I took a shower and when I walked in my bedroom he was in the middle of the bed looking at me like "what took you so long?"
They close the shelter at 5pm so they are probably out of there at 6pm and there is no activity till they come back in the morning. It's a new life for The Bobster. I bet he adapts in no time!
He is camera shy.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Head and Tail

Lots of stitching,
but lots of stitching to go. I had to go with circular stitching on Joe. He was an appaloosa after all

It will be fun to see where the background stitching heads. I have been looking at embroidered flower pieces. I definitely want to bring colored flowers into this. Right now it is white flowers in the background. I foresee pink, blue and yellow flowers. It would be great fun to have lightening bugs (fire flies) that light up but we will see about that.

I have named it "Joe in the Garden of Eating."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Raspberries and rhubarb oh my!

After 2 years of planting raspberries and
having a handful at a time it looks like the mother load has arrived! Yum. I probably won't get enough for a pie but maybe a bowlful.

Plus the rhubarb has sprung up.
Things are looking up.

Friday, March 31, 2017

High Hand Joe

Joe has shown up on my design board. He was my first good show horse. He would be upset when we were not called first for a ribbon and would swish around the exit gate. Poor horse, I was learning the show ropes. We did get better and he was able to leave the ring in what he perceived to be the correct order.

I took this photo at twilight so his pinkish orange color is enhanced. Being an appaloosa, spring was always a rush to see what color he would shed out.

He had been foundered before I purchased him so the farrier had a job keeping him sound.

Most of the horses I have owned have been good for children to ride. Joe was not fond of them. He was picky as to what his rider could ask of him. It was Joe's way or the highway. Fortunately he liked me, especially after I learned to ride better. He would untie himself at the horse shows and wander off in search of something better to eat.

Monday, March 20, 2017

And the winner is. . .

WRT won the Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2017 challenge award!!!

Love this business photo of my dad, his tie is bright pink beads. He liked to dress up his suits with bright colored or flowered ties. My mom bought them for him. His secretaries always looked forward to what he would wear.

Way to go Dad!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Space is Conquered!

Space III is conquered. I may start Space IV next. After a long layoff on this piece It was fun to try some different techniques. I knew I was saving those sequins for a reason. They were fish scales in my How to Fish in the Rain piece. Also a good way to use up some of beads I have collected. I had poured so many into my bead dish that I now have a good amount of bead soup labeled Space. I need to get to work!

I am looking at photos and I took some pics of the mini donkey in the barn but I don't think I got the right photo yet.

Here is a close up of Space III.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Space Continuum (ing)

The race to fill space progresses! I have a small area to fill with beads and then we will see what happens. I may leave it on the stretcher or take it off and add background. So far I am liking the stretcher bars.

I added lots of seed stitch and running stitch with variegated metallic embroidery thread. Incidentally I do not see the metallic thread in the DMC section anymore. Thankfully I have a good selection left.

A closeup of techniques, now that I am back into it I am enjoying sitting in a sunny window and working away at it.

I have three pieces of work accepted into Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2017 show. All my Quilt National "rejects" will be on display in Ohio for the summer. Opening May 7 at the Ohio Crafts Museum and then onto the Southern Ohio Art Museum in Portsmouth.

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.

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