Saturday, October 31, 2020


 Many of the ideas on my mental 'to-do' list seem to be pictorial.  A category of wall art I love but am handicapped when creating by my lack of drawing skills.

A minimum of two days, on and off (with a lot of sighing and studying the design wall) yielded this small section of my current piece.  This abbrievated view is out of context I know, but can you figure out what it is?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020


 This strange year goes on and on..... our fall here in the Blue Ridge Mountains usually features a prolonged stunning display of color. We've had some lovely days, but look....same place, same time of the day.....5 days apart and it's gone from not yet peak to almost over.

I'll bet I'm not the only one who is anxious for 2020 to be over!!

Monday, October 26, 2020


 A project I abandoned twice before is now underway....determined to conquer this time. Came up with a way to transfer a (belated idea) design directly onto a motif without risking traditional marking pens/pencils. This little transfer wheel from my garment making days was used to perforate the outline of the design through tissue paper and onto the fabric. It was just visible enough to accurately add the additional motif.


Saturday, October 24, 2020


Between the total frustration of 2 days trying to get my not that old printer to work with Mac's NEVER ENDING UPGRADES, I worked on creating new large and mini book covers.  I'm trying NOT TO VENT!!!  Why oh why can't they just stop all these  constant annoying upgrades that inevitably cause more glitches!!!

Teaming up print batik fabrics with screen printed symbols with English definitions.......Love, Health, Success, Faith, Happiness.
Plus a slew of over-dyed plaid wool mini notebook covers, featuring an adorable baby black bear.  Bear sightings are ramping up around here as bears forage constantly to fatten up for their long sleep!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


 I'm putting some serious time in the studio these days......ideas are flowing.

BIRDS AT REST - 12” x 12” 

Hand ice-dyed cotton, appliquéd & machine quilted.  Mounted on canvas covered frame with fabric back,ing, prepared for hanging or display on a table top easel.

Saturday, October 17, 2020


After a social distancing local car club drive for breakfast to Hot Springs, NC, we headed off with friends for a hike.

Lovers Leap Loop trail is a semi challenging hike along the French Broad River which is adjacent to the famous Appalachian Trail in the Pisgah National Forest.  Beautiful views along the way but you MUST watch where you are walking.  Lots of tree roots and rocks to trip over. I'm happy I brought my walking stick....some of the steps were very steep.  You slowly gain about 500 ft. elevation and according to literature, it can be hiked in about an hour.  Make that nearly twice a long with slippery leaves and a 5-10 min. walk to where cars can park.

Spectacular fall day here in the's some photos of our journey.

Selfie taken of Dianne, David S. & Mary S. by David A.  - Note the Appalachian Trail white blaze marker.

Thursday, October 15, 2020


 Gosh, the ideas keep's another new piece I've been working on.

IN FLIGHT - 12” x 12” 

Hand ice-dyed silk noil, marbled raw silk, appliquéd & quilted with metallic thread. Mounted on canvas covered frame with fabric back,ing, prepared for hanging or display on a table top easel.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


The black and white theme continues with this new companion piece, again featuring 3 birds.

3 HIGH WIRE BIRDS - 12" x 12"
Cottons pieced, appliquéd, and machine quilted.  Mounted on canvas covered frames, with finished fabric back. Prepared for hanging or display on a table top easel.

I finish all my mounted pieces with a fabric covered back.

Consider owning both pieces at a special price and display together!!

Monday, October 12, 2020


Fall color is just beginning here in the Western North Carolina mountains.  Unfortunately, we've had so much rain, causing the leaves to drop so rapidly that I fear it will a very short display and less colorful.  However, we are enjoying  mild days, despite the almost constant moisture (which if you have a well like we do, it's a good thing!).

First forced march of the day as it's just getting light.

Sunday, October 11, 2020


More often than not, the mental vision that first strikes me for a new project, whether it's clear or fuzzy can have very little in common with the end result.  I planned on using colorful polka dot fabrics for the birds, but after hours of trying to get a happy combo, I reverted to black and white and came up with this striking contrast.



Pieced & applique cottons, embroidered & machine quilted.

Mounted on canvas covered frame, finished fabric back, 

prepared for hanging or display on a table top easel.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


 After focusing for over a month on my newest art quilt, it's time to move to new ideas.  And of course I always have lots swirling in my head.

As sort of a palette cleanser for my brain, I took a few days and felted more acorn bodies.  My toils actually didn't put a dent in the huge bags my pals Dianne and David collected for me.  Yet, I'm so happy to know I have more 'caps' at hand when I pull out the wool roving again. I went with muted colors this all packaged up & ready to sell.
Though I was pretty sure where my attention would be focused next.....I've actually been floundering around for nearly 2 days.  Yanking out stacks of fabrics, shuffling them around, trying to get a combo that jumps out at me for this little gem of an idea.  So far lightening hasn't will, sometimes it takes awhile.  Stay tuned......

Tuesday, October 6, 2020


 So darn happy that another piece sold via the internet from my online gallery. I've been trying to increase my visibility and not sure if it's just coincidence or the time I've spent teaching this old dog new tricks!?!

It validates what I'm doing and inspires me to continue.....thank you Canadian Karen!

SNAPSHOTS - JAPAN #1 -  28" X 32"

This is a larger version of a similar design I just hung at Woolworth Walk Gallery as seen here:  

Saturday, October 3, 2020


With this narrow wall in my Woolworth Walk Gallery space in mind, I've been creating some smaller & narrow pieces to display.  (Located in downtown Asheville, NC on Haywood St. in the historic Woolworth building, completed with original soda fountain.)

With so many homes now featuring open concepts, finding space to hang a larger art quilt may be difficult, however many of us have this type of area in our homes.  Perhaps these pieces will find a new one!

Friday, October 2, 2020


After over 6 months of zero face to face connection with my PTA (Professional Textile Artists fiber group) with social distancing, we gathered on the driveway Barbara's home. Barbara's husband built a rock surrounded fire pit that kept us warm until the sun was able to climb over the mountain.

Show and tell was prolific!  Dort wins the prize for creating the most quilts during her 'stay at home' time.  29 finished with 2 more pieced and ready to be finished.  Here are a few that she shared.
Many are intended as gifts and made using a wide variety of her huge fabric stash.  The large squares are one piece.  The smaller square is attached with machine sewn decorative stitches.

This one is so simple, a stash buster made so eye catching with the addition of those lovely salmon print squares.
Lynne's design for her quilt began at our PTA March 2019 retreat, based on an EQ layout she created.  She's our own super star this month after being featured in a new follows where you will see many photos of her designs.
Like so many of us, Judy has used her at home time to work on finishing various projects.  Judy, Kate and I often work on the same quilt design during our annual retreat and this one was our choice a number of years ago.  These joint projects began the very first retreat year when we made scrap quilts.  Sharing fabric is such a great way to increase variety.  I love this soft pink/greens palette which features large blocks of this pretty fabric.  I wish you could see the beautiful feather quilting that she added, outstanding!!!
Judy created these stunning small eco-printed pieces wrapped on small frames and each displaying her own haikus.  Look for them soon at Woolworth Walk Gallery in the space Judy and I share.....stroll down the stairs to #235.
Georgia Bonesteel arrived with a box of books to share.  Like so many of us during this Covid pause in our lives......organizing and purging is common.
Barbara awed us with two beautifully & accurately pieced quilts......  Who doesn't love blue and white quilts.....and the pineapple design is always a favorite.
What I especially like about this one is the unusual and effective color combination.

We went on to enjoy our brown bag lunches, share recommendations of books to read and TV shows to watch, and concluded with roasting marshmallows for s'mores.  We hope for a lengthy Indian Summer which will allow us at least one more outside meeting.