Wednesday, September 23, 2020


 Lucina is other long time reader of this blog and collector of my work.  She shared this lovely display of one of my felted wool wall pieces (featuring a sea shell attached with a woven length of beads.

Along side this clever hanging device is a set of prayer beads she created in a workshop and a 1.25" x 2" woven basket made  by one of the Great Basin Basketmakers.  

As you can see she has quite an eye for art!!  Thank you for sharing it with us Lucina!

Here's a view from my photo files of the piece Lucina owns 
 "SEA SHELL"  11" x 16"

Tuesday, September 22, 2020


 How encouraging all your comments regarding this project have been.....thank you! I was nearly swayed (by the occasionally lazy part of me) to quilt this unintended color wash wall quilt and call it finished.

But, the creative side of me just couldn't go there.....I strive to create one-of-a-kind pieces.  I'm not a pattern follower, preferring instead to develop my own designs.'s where I'm headed.  The actually applique is going to be a real challenge since I don't free-motion stitch.  There will be lots and lots of quilt turning/adjusting, starts/stops, & tying off of threads.  But I do love a challenge.  

The appliqué audition process is not yet I'll just keep you posted as the work continues.  

Monday, September 21, 2020


 Those of us who sell our work don't often have the joy of seeing how it's displayed.  Today I'm sharing two examples....

I love how Kris who lives in CA, is embracing the fall by combining the acorns with pine cones.  What a really great idea.....Kris is a long time follower and happily for me a frequent collector of my work.  

Pals David and Dianne collected these acorn tops on walks near their home after obtaining a batch of felted ones from me.  I had mentioned I was totally out of caps large enough to make more.  Thank you!!!!  Yeah, I can get busy again!
Here is their display, shown in an Asheville made pottery bowl.

I've also seen my felted acorns scattered along the center of a holiday table, but unfortunately I don't have a photo.  They are fun to make, though of course as all wet felting is.....TIME consuming.  They are even more fun to see being appreciated!

Sunday, September 20, 2020


 Several regular readers requested that I continue posting process photos of what started out to be a simple patchwork of small leftover pieces from my Japanese fabric stash.  Turns out it appears to be a wanna be colorwash quilt.  

As I've mentioned before, that wasn't my intention, but apparently it's what happened.  Here's the completed top, now being prepared for the addition of applique motifs.  I sure hope I can combine the two designs into one cohesive piece....stay tuned....

Saturday, September 19, 2020


 Social distancing at its finest.....driving the mountain back roads on a crisp fall day with our local PCA car club.......

Thursday, September 17, 2020


YES, it's growing.....struggling to find enough multicolor prints that work together. Though it appears the goal is a color wash quilt.....actually it's not.....stay tuned to see what I have planned.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


 It may not look like it.....but I do have a plan......let's see if it's going to work......

Monday, September 14, 2020


 Many of us are worn out by these last 6 I'm trying to focus on the positives.  Life hasn't returned to normal (will it ever??) but signs are pointing to our resilience.

Woolworth Walk Gallery, downtown Asheville, NC, where my pal Judy Simmons and I display our fiber art has seen a slow but steady return of shoppers helping to support the local small businesses.

I'm thankful to an unknown visitor who has given this piece a new home.

MARSH AT DAWN   20" X 15"

Hand-dyed silk noil, batik cottons, appliqued and machine quilted. 



Friday, September 11, 2020


This summer we've seen more fog in our mountain valley than ever before. It's an amazing sight to watch a fog bank come rolling up the valley as it slowly encompasses our house.  

On the 2nd 'Forced March' march of the day, with rescue black lab Sooty.....I spotted this beauty.....hummmm a broken heart reflecting all the drama that our country is enduring?

This is a fiber blog, I don't do political statements or lecture about social significance....but today I want to say a word about 9/11.  Hard to believe it's been 19 years.  Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news.  My story isn't any more or less important than others, but it's an especially memorable day for me.  It was the first of 2 days that I was a bone marrow donor (which was via stem cells) for my identical twin sister at the City of Hope in CA.  It had an enormous impact on my life.

Thursday, September 10, 2020


 It's slow going this book cover making......but the relaxed pace is also very enjoyable.  Two days = 6 book covers......

** update - from left to right....#4 (indigo) and #6 green with floral applique - SOLD    Covers are made using a variety of fabrics. Techniques include hand resist acid and indigo dyeing, as well as ice-dyeing.  They feature Ultra-suede (& 1 ribbon) spines and ties, coordinating cotton linings, and each is filled with a lined composition book.  8" x 11" 

I'll be adding these to my gallery inventory soon, however for a short time,. if anyone is interested in doing a direct purchase....holler.