Monday, November 11, 2019

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

This is not me in there but pretty close to what the chamber I am using looks like. The one I am using has a TV on top for cable TV, which I don't have at home or you can watch movies.

Just to give people a look-see.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Kiss finally finished

I think it is finally done. I just had to embroider the title on this. Kiss Me Once Before You Go, Make It Long Enough to Last Forever.

Kind of says it all about the loss of someone to dementia. They may be there physically but their brain is functioning on a different plane, never to return to your reality. It's a concept that is hard to grasp, but until you accept the reality it is very hard to deal with the day to day part of life. You lose someone twice. First to the loss of their reality and and then when physical death occurs. A lot of times the caregiver succumbs first. It is very stressful. I lost my mom in 2010 to the disease and it is very prevalent on her side of the family along with diabetes. Things to look forward too!

But hey, life continues and as my grandfather would have said Make hay while the sun shines!

I will have 10 of the 40 sessions of Hyperbaric in on Monday. I watched a lot of HGTV. Just never have them put the Housewives of Orange Co on. Yowsa. It takes 10 -15 minutes of time to get to the depth of 33' under water. You are not technically under water but the pressure is there. Then you spend 90 minutes under pressure and another 10 to 15 minutes resurfacing. So far so good, my foot is a lot better. The side effect is that my blood pressure rises dangerously high. I am adding beet juice to my diet and dropping all fast food as a result, we shall see. I don't want to go on BP pills but I may have to.

And I am still cranking things out. Called The Lovelies this is my great aunt Kitty and I think her sister in law. I used a new mezzotint effect. I am excited and have ideas for more pieces. Upward and onward.

Friday, October 25, 2019


My grandmother sitting in her backyard. I don't think she knew I was taking this.



Thursday, October 24, 2019

Not Really Silence

Well not really, I have been making hoops to decorate a tree in front of FAVA, the group that hosts the Artist as Quiltmaker show that happen this summer. There is a huge tree in front of the building. In the past we have quilt bombed it, last time it was decorated with long stitched quilt panels, this time we are making hula hoops that will hang from the tree. They will be joined together somehow. I now have 12 smaller hoops to do, which is actually harder than making big hoops. Well, in my mind it is harder. But thats me.
I have an appointment with a surgeon about reconstructing my foot, people have told me he is the best and it does work. I have orientation for the hyperbaric oxygen sessions on Monday. It takes some time to get all that together, it includes an EKG which takes 5 minutes to do after you spend an hour doing paperwork and waiting for the person doing the paperwork to have time to do the paperwork. Didn't we say in the 80s that we were going to go paperless? Yeah, right!

And I am doing the the hanging apparatus and labels for a few quilts for display this December. I always wait until they have some place to hang. But, hey, that's me!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Still working

Yup, still working though the foot is a problem. I am hooked up to a wound vac 24/7. It putt-putts along and has reduced the wound on the bottom of my foot but it is still at a depth that stretches to an infected bone. I am being evaluated for 40 trips to a hyperbaric oxygen system. There will be a report on the experience to follow.

In the meantime the Dementia series is continuing on, This a portrait of my maternal grandmother . All of her grandchildren called her Mom. She lived on a 100 acre farm, we lived across the street, so we were over there every day and she ate dinner with us every night.

This is called Alone.  The dots behind just organically happened. Kind of freaky when you look at something and think I've got an idea! And then it actually works. Who knows where these ideas come from, experience and being open to anything. I am making things for my enjoyment.

Keep your fingers crossed I get this foot fixed, it's been 10 months. Its time.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I've Been Working

I have been making weekly visits to the local Wound Care Center and now have a wound vac attached to my foot. It's been a rough process. It seems to be working. Hopefully it will finally heal up but I may never be able to to take daly walks or mow my lawn.

But the good news is I can still sew! And I have been. Our critique group The Tens is having an exhibit in December at St Pauls Episcopal church. And Textile Art Alliance is having a member show at Ursuline College in December also.

I have been working on several pieces about Dementia.

This is called Kiss Me Once Before You Go, Long Enough to Last Forever. The story of my grandparents celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary but my grandfather
was suffering from dementia and longer recognized his wife.

Despite all my measuring the top came out pretty wonky. I added a lot of hand stitched "kisses" to make use of the "problem." I think it makes it better.

Friday, August 16, 2019


A legend in my own mind? Naw! You can go to, in the upper left corner is a pull down menu, go down to Leon Bibb and pull down. You will find my interview. Leon was so wonderful in his questioning and interest in what I was doing. They filmed all over the house and I explained many of the pieces. It was very easy to talk to him. Of course he is a master interviewer, having been in the business for years, mostly producing local interest pieces and having a half hour weekly local program. Fun.

I have been trying to stay off my poor foot it has been getting slowly worse so I have a new doctor who seems a bit more aggressive in treatment and we are trying something new tomorrow but it means I will totally have to stay off the foot. I may need a volunteer to cook and do a load of laundry once a week. But I can sew! I have 3 projects lined up, bought 8 spools of thread, have 2 new ideas and most of the materials for 1 of them. Go me.

Plus I got 3 new books coming from Amazon. I can only stand so much daily TV shows. Court shows or gossip? You know there are only 3 soap operas left, not that I watch those.

Above is a hint at what I am working on, it seems like it's taking forever but it is large.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Well probably 5 minutes at the most! I was interviewed by a local  (WKYC 3 Cleveland) TV channel for a human interest story to air on the Sunday night News!! Yeah another opportunity to get news about art Quilting out.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Still kicking

I am off the daily antibiotic infusion, the foot appears to be healing, and I landed on the font page of our local newspaper the Chronicle Telegram on July 22. Holy Cow!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Bad feet!

Yeah, really bad. A wound that refuses to heal and drains constantly, an infection, then a 5 day hospital stay and daily antibiotic infusions daily for 6 weeks. Then a blood blister that the doctor had to clean up. It bled like crazy. Thank God I am not on blood thinners!!!! SO I will be seeing a new doctor for some serious treatment. I foresee MRIs and God knows what else. Maybe surgery to open, remove a bone and clean the whole thing out. Not sure what will happen. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

But I can still sew, with my left foot. And I can still draw in my sketchbook, plan new ideas, do handwork, read, etc. I check on my tomatoes with my binoculars.  . . nothing to pick yet.

My wonderful nephew has been mowing my yard. Dang, I LIKE to mow!! Silly me!

Using now with shorts and T shirts.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Happy Birthday . . . to Me!!!!

71! Yikes when I was in high school we thought anyone over 35 might as well be dead. shows how stupid teenagers are.


Still hanging in there!

Now I need to dig up a high school picture. A freshman one where we all looked pretty stupid. Or sophomore year, hair piled on top of your head like Pebbles and BamBam. Hopefully with a big synthetic bow in front and if you are cool beige lipstick that your mother thinks makes you look like burn victim. We were so cool.

I still dig bell bottoms, a t-shirt and sneakers.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Back to nice

Every once in awhile I put up a snarky post. Excuse me. Humanity can do that to you.

I listen to all the political crap, impeach, impeach, impeach. Really? it sounds like "You did it to Bill C now we can do it to your guy. Seems like the country is being governed by a a group of spoiled, disgruntled third graders. Grow up, be an adult, act in the interest of the people. Stop giving our hard working money to people who don't want to work. I am all for helping disabled people and their caregivers but thee are many who play the system. Work is a noble thing and frankly who wants to watch all that crap on daily TV?

I have been trying to stay off my foot until it heals up. It's not easy. Got some new books and started  a new piece which  I hope grows into a series on dementia. So many in my family have succumbed to it. Now we should spent government money there and more specifically on mental illness.

Here is the start of the first piece,
Kiss Me Once Before You Go. . . Long Enough to Last Forever.

The story of my grandparents struggle with dementia.

Monday, June 10, 2019


Oh yeah, that crazy Quilt National weekend! Not that I took a lot of photos. Too busy looking. The catalog is so well done with a whole page view of the quilt and a large closeup, so no need to photograph everything except the celebratory photo of yourself with your quilt.

Sample of the crowds.

It was a lot of walking because you do want to stick your nose in close. and inspect all the stitching, etc.

Unfortunately I had a bit of overuse on the ailing foot. I tried to sit a lot but. . . evidently not enough, so now I am on daily antibiotic infusions, and bare minimum of foot use. I am using my knee roller and trying to be good. Anything not to spend another 5 days in the hospital, they feed you things like dried out Salisbury steak. Disgusting, that poor animal gave his life for that?!

Well, send good wishes my way. I am contemplating my next set of quilts. I think they will be about dementia. In my life, it is unfortunately, a family business.

And just to tell you how crazy my family is my sister-in-law demanded me to draw her a picture of her dog that's been dead for 10 years. To bribe me she was willing to buy me a sketchbook. LOL As if. I gave her a small quilt once and she kept it in her garage. It was a test. She failed!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Quilt National 2019

Lucky me, in again!!!!

More later, still tired after an exciting weekend.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Finished Another One

Finished 23 and Everyone Else. I am working on something a bit different, 2 quilts that will be housed in an Artists Box. working title is Grandma is in the Kitchen Grandpa is in the Parlor.

Other than that I am thinking about packing for the Quilt National opening, it is their 40th anniversary and big doings are planned. My friend Sandy is driving Miss Daisy. We plan on fun. Film at 11. Well, maybe a link to YouTube also.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

23 & Everyone Else

I am thinking about all the ads for 23 & Me. It seems the "in" thing to find out your ancestry, who you are and how you got there, kind of thoughts. The bigger question we need to ask ourselves is why we are here. There is no easy test for that, it involves deep thought and soul searching.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Working, working, working

Sometimes you start with a very basic idea. After some study, things are moved around, removed, adjusted, sewn down, trimmed and studied again.

Then you think some more! And you study, things are moved around, removed, adjusted, sewn down, trimmed and studied again. I love the process.
And here is the little man, in the sun hoping a squirrel might be blinded by the sun and run into him. Good luck Bobby.

Monday, April 22, 2019

How I Spent the Day

A brief interlude with Bobby. He does get up and run around a bit. Eventually. Sometimes.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jump In . . .

The Gene Pool!

My paternal great grandmother and two of her ten children. Love the upholstery fabric that was recycled from an interior decorating firm. Sometimes when they know it will be reused they seek out people. This came from a meeting of our critique group the Tens. One member was contacted and asked to pick up a 3 foot stack of good sized fabric. I think we all got something to work with, I got the upholstery fabric, another member got the sheers to play with.

Love the giant bow tie on my great uncle.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Hackneys

Sometimes a piece goes together like butter and toast. Like Annie Hall Meets Aunt Kitty.

But then there are pieces that are vexing. And I hate to quit on something. I figure if I struggle and it doesn't come out as I would like I at least learn something.

Thus The Hackneys are kicking my behind. I had them printed on gauze, first mistake, they were kind of dull and dark. Then I painted them with a yellow/orange paint, mmm, okay. Then I stitched a grid on them and played with some metallic thread, still dull. So, I cropped them in tight and started to do some hand stitching. They're are coming more alive. For now.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Annie Hall Meets Aunt Kitty

Or maybe Aunt Kitty influenced Annie Hall. I am thinking this photo maybe from the 1920's or early 30s. Actually she was holding a fishing pole and there was a large fish hanging next to her. My Great Aunt the trophy fisherwoman!

Love the drapery fabric behind her. I am going to add a bit of color, I think. Red and blue on some of the postage stamps.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Whats Next?

So these ladies are coming to visit. Actually she is the same lady, my Great Aunt Kitty who is being printed on chiffon. It is the same photo but with 2 different photoshop treatments and flipped. I already bought some background fabric that references Paris and New York. Window drape fabric that has a collage type background with a roaring twenties feel. I saw it and thought "Wow, thats perfect!" We'll see, I had a 40% off coupon so it isn't real precious fabric.

I like the Annie Hall feel to the outfit she was wearing. She was deep sea fishing in Florida probably late 20s, early 30s.

The hackney ponies are turning out to be tedious, I'm really not that fond of them. At this point I am just throwing thread on them and trying some experimental hand stitching. I went to JoAnns for some perle cotton thread when I saw the drapery fabric.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Off to the Ohio Craft Museum

Sarah Rose is off to the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio for the Best of Ohio 2019 show. The Ohio Designer Craftsman curates the show which is open to all crafts people. The show includes fiber, metal, jewelry, wood, glass, ceramics and any other craft medium you can imagine. The opening is on Memorial Day. The show then travels through Ohio to other museums.

Kate is part of my Fragments series. She is a chiffon print of my great grandmother over upholstery fabric.

Monday, March 4, 2019


My fascination with transparency continues. This piece comes from a photo I saw in an art book. It was actually an image that was overprinted twice in different sizes. I decided to try it with a chiffon print which is transparent but unless you put some distance between the prints it doesn't show much so I decided to split the image. I wasn't sure I got all the way there but people were intrigued by the prospect of it being 3D. I am calling it Lenticular Dad.

I did a quick bubble pattern on the background. Not technically perfect but I wasn't in the mood for perfection, I just wanted to see the results. I thought it through for 2 months before I tackled it. Stitching it on to white fabric with a paper backing then adding paper inserts between the layers so I could get a scissors between the layers to cut them. Hmmm.

Onto the next project a print on cotton gauze. This comes in a 56" width so I was able make the print on a yard of fabric, it printed a little dark and I was puzzling over what color to paint it when I went to an exhibition of asian inspired quilts and dolls by my friend Martha Young. I saw the golden yellow in one of quilts and knew the Ponies wanted to be yellow. Now I wonder what else they want to be. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A February Tuesday

It's cold out but sunny. I could curl up on the couch with Mr. Grouchy. (Trust me, he's only putting on a face because he sees the camera.) But as for me I have just finished totaling up expenses from last year in preparation for a trip to the tax lady. Fun times!

Today did involve a trip to the foot doctor, healing is going good, thank you. The grocery store and the bank. More fun times for sure. Followed by dinner prep but I always make enough to eat for the rest of the week so that is a good thing, though by the end of the week you are questioning why you made so much.
Kate is finished. I am having thoughts about taking a sander to her to see what that could do for the decomposition. so far I have resisted. (Note: I tried the sander but it did not shred anything, I may try a rougher grit sandpaper when I get the time to clomp down to the basement. It's a project to get up and down the stairs with an air cast.)

But it might be interesting. Kate turned out well but she is not my favorite of the Fragments series, so I am giving myself permission to destroy her in the name of experimentation. I have entered the other 3 in the Best of Ohio show so I can't touch those until they are rejected. A sad thought, "you didn't get in and now I am going to shred you."

In the meantime I sent the Hackney ponies out for printing. . . on gauze. Stay tuned for further experimentation. The fabric is supposed to crinkle after it is washed. I got a black and white print but I am thinking of adding color which would make it wet so then we will see what happens. More excitement, I'm not sure I can handle it. Right.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Carrying On

This is under consideration as the next piece as well as one with my dad that will be experimental. This is another photo from the 70s. I think I then did a transfer to card stock and colored it with watercolor. I should have written down my process more often but when you are young you think you don't need to do all that, how could you forget? Yeah, right.

Three different size photos of my dad printed on chiffon that I want to layer and cut so you see the smaller head and then a smaller one. I kind of have it worked out how it should work.  We'll see.

Life kind of is just skipping along. My foot is slowly healing. again. Don't ask. New doctor has different ideas of what should work so this is resolved. I hope by summer, I desperately want to be outside in the sunshine. It was 18°F this morning when I went to get groceries. I was switching from my walking cast to driving shoe with my leg out of the car and I was freezing!!!

Good news is my eye is healing. I need a cure from head to toe!

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Bad Weather Dog.

Little old Bobby got a coat for Christmas. He likes it! Of course he is a bit of a prissy boy. Hates rain. . . thanks I'll pee inside.  He doesn't mind a bath, I think he likes a warm scrub down and a good toweling off but cold rain, no thanks. And snow? Come on. Really?!

Now he doesn't like to go out without his jacket on and if you don't stop him when he comes in, he high tails into bed under the covers with his jacket on.

Second dislike, cameras. I swear he hates a camera. Point it at him and he looks away or gives you a snobbish face. I think he was raised by the Amish. No photos, NO PHOTOS EVER!!!  I'm not sure how they got his photo on the APL site. Maybe thats why out of the four dogs in his rescue, he was the last to go. He says they saved the best for last. I agree.

He doesn't mind the sewing machine, sometimes he comes and sits by me. And he will come and tell me he has to go out. Hey! Get my coat!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A New Toy!

Not exactly the toy I wanted but if it keeps me off the bad foot a little it was worth it.

I looked at scooters at our local Drug Mart but they were very expensive. Found one on Amazon for a $160 less. Go figure. 4 days later it was here. 1/2 hour for assembly and I am zooming around the house.

Not working on anything specific. I have Kate on the machine but I have been playing with spray starch, cheese cloth, chiffon and different machine stitches. I will probably get a small fabric book out of them. Or a scroll. Whatever.

Bob is just trying to stay warm and dry. He has not taken himself on any neighborhood walks. Stinker!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Pushing On

So Betsy is pretty much finished. I might do something with her necklace but I am not sure what so I am leaving it. Buttons look kind of amateurish somehow. If it is meant to be something will come to mind.

Here is the start of Kate, chiffon on top of upholstery fabric.

Trimming away the chiffon after preliminary stitching

She is down and ready to start stitching. At JoAnns the cutter wanted to know if I was re-doing a footstool. Um not hardly.

The cast is off but I took a shower and now have an open blister type thing on the bottom of my foot, trying to stay off of it and I will wear the brace to help. Old age is sooooo much fun!

Friday, January 4, 2019

New House Guests

So this girl has shown up. I found the fabric in a remnant bin at JoAnns.

Since my foot has kept me home and the doctor is in no hurry to de-cast me, I have been working. The foot is healed but she wanted one more week of the cast to make sure it is "hardened" off.  Her week is like football minutes, 7 days is actually 12 days. So totally frustrated that no one heard me going "NOOOOOOOO!" I actually got up at 3am,  because I couldn't sleep and drank a whole wine cooler! I don't drink but I finally was able to sleep. And they wonder why I hate to go to the doctor, ha! I told my regular GP that statins make me feel like passing out and he told me "No they don't." Um ok, I guess you know how I feel better than I do. I haven't taken a statin since then and funny thing I feel a lot better. I wonder if he feels better?

Whine, whine, whine. No one cares.

So anyway this girl is a found girl, from Minnesota, her name was going to be Beth but Lizzie keeps popping up, then again maybe she is a Trudy. The fabric was a lucky find, I didn't have her with me and just threw it in the basket as a maybe and it was perfect. You never know.

Sarah is almost done. I added the antique lace but I think I need to cut some more of her dress to revel the background. Onward!

Yeah and Bobby wants a walk. Good luck with that Bob, you will have to wait for those football days to pass. I think I need another wine cooler.