Thursday, September 21, 2023

CROSSROADS TO JAPAN - new art quilt

 New Japanese art quilt, so happy to be back to sewing.....still having to work on short stints but that just enhances the creative enjoyment!

“CROSSROADS TO JAPAN” - 45” x 36” - pieced & quilted Japanese & hand-dyed cottons. Hanging sleeve attached. Sized to fit over a sofa, dining buffet, entrance hall or stairwell. Free shipping for a limited time. DM if interested with questions or requests for more photos.

Sunday, September 17, 2023


 Great sports watching day......  F1 race from Singapore this morning, followed after lunch by the Packers vs Falcons......



Saturday, September 16, 2023


 There's nothing like some quilt sales to elevate an artist's mood! And trust me, there have been many days these last couple of months that was what the doctor ordered!! (If doctors could order such happiness that is!!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2023


 Ever since my PT therapist gave the okay to use my rotary cutter (but to pace myself!) I've been plugging away on a Japanese art quilt. I've had a lot of sales success with this style, so creating another during the recovery phase of rotary cuff surgery is making me very happy!

Not sure whether I'll be able to machine quilt it I certainly don't want to undo the rehab progress I've made.....stay tuned....

Sunday, September 10, 2023


 Feeling the LOVE     - GO PACK GO!!!!   

Friday, September 8, 2023


 8+ weeks and happily my bulky 24-7 sling is in the past. Foolishly (though I'd been told otherwise many times) I had it in my head I'd be able to pretty much resume activities. NOT

......PT 2x a week and 3x daily are keeping my occupied instead. For sanity sake, I pulled out some blocks/selected fabric that I had earmarked for a post surgery project. 

Darn it, rotary cutting is too hard on the shoulder for now....back to scissors.....oh we've been spoiled by our rotary cutters. Here's a look at my very slow progress on a small Japanese art quilt. PT is schedule through Oct. so my goals are more realistic now. Slow but smiling.....

Sunday, August 20, 2023

PT Torture

 Entering 7th post surgery week and obviously very frustrated by this long rehab process.  PT is as painful as everyone warned....but necessary...

Here's my current least favorite exercise - ouch, ouch, ouch....

It's going to be awhile before I can sew again.   Grrr! I'm trying to remind myself that everyone has assured me in the end, they were happy they had the surgery.....I AM NOT THERE YET!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2023



4 weeks post surgery…. I’m still in misery most of the time.  Been trying to gear up to write an update but just so hard with left finger & big padded sling on right side hitting keyboard.

Had 7 incisions - 3 separate rotary cuff tears - 2 partial & 1 full thickness = complete detachment.  Plus bone spurs removed & repair to AC joint and deltoid.  I’m not even going to pretend to be stoic…..pain has been awful.  Woke up in recovery unable to open and see from left eye….no one could figure out why….back to normal in 3 days with a variety of eye meds they had me trying.   I Started PT about 2 weeks ago which will continue till at least SEPT. 1.   It too is AS AWFUL AS EXPECTED BUT OF COURSE NECESSARY.  I must be getting somewhat better because I’m really bored now….…right side useless since it’s so difficult to do much of anything.  However, I can easily pick up my glass of bubbly!!  

Spending time doing home PT exercises & icing my shoulder.  Some photos attached of the equipment - though the ice machine is now gone.  $$ to rent and for some stupid reason there was only 1 size shoulder pad - wayyyyy to big for me so it had to be velcroed in place with confusing number of straps which attached themselves to the excess number of padded velcro sling straps …..creating velcro hairballs that were impossible to attach and remove with only one good hand.

This is all I can manage for now…….but two weeks ago I couldn’t even do this much.   Excuse typos...

Monday, July 10, 2023


 A nod to my home town, Sheboygan, WI. I will admit I've probably eaten a minimum of one brat a week nearly my entire life. My favorite Miesfeld's brat is Jalapeño Cheese!

Take a look:

Thursday, July 6, 2023


 Lately our weather has been feeling like those muggy, hot Wisconsin summers I'm so familiar with. Never-the-less I proceeded with my morning 'forced march' in the semi-fog today. The midst made me pay attention to my immediate surroundings as I hustled down the roads.

Sooty wasn't impressed with this small painted turtle that seemed out of place on a hill above one of the creeks that run through our community. Spiders were busy overnight and their work shone like jewels as the sun began to peak through the midst. I need to do a better job of being aware & appreciating the smaller things in life!

Monday, July 3, 2023



    UNITED WE STAND- 44" X 29"

Designed and made by Mary Stori

With gratitude to all those who've made America a great country!

Friday, June 30, 2023


Oh how I love creating art quilts!!  I realize we are still in the midst of summer, but we also know how fast this season disappears......this is piece is ready now for your consideration...

                                                               AUTUMN - 13" x 13"

Mary Stori wood grain cotton print, designed for Kona Bay Fabrics. Artist ice-dyed cotton leaves, machine appliquéd, machine quilted & secured in a black wood frame without glass.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023


 Usually I'm driven to complete a project, but I'm actually trying to slow down and simply enjoy playing with fabric while I can! Savoring the experience.......

There will be more, but for's the start of adding some leaves growing along a wooden structure.  

Sunday, June 25, 2023


 Feeling in limbo, not wanting to start a big project knowing it will be on hold during my upcoming shoulder recovery period....having something started and sitting there and not being able to work on it would drive me over the edge!  

So....I decided to organize my fabric closet. I abandoned that task rather quickly when I came across a bag of fabric I designed years ago for Kona Bay. It consisted of brick, shingles, & wood prints. Next thing I know, I was working on a small piece that will be framed....feels so good to be creating!! 

Monday, June 19, 2023


 Finishing this piece before my upcoming shoulder surgery was unexpected.  However, after days of making book covers, I was ready to dig into this project.

The size was purposeful.....making it just right to hang over a sofa, above a dining room buffet, an entrance or stairwell wall.  

All too often the length of my larger wall art pieces are simply too long to work in these spaces.  Interested for your home??  Contact me.

LINES & SQUARES - 50” x 42.5”

Commercial cotton prints, machine pieced and quilted.

Friday, June 16, 2023


I have been getting very cold feet about my upcoming shoulder surgery....really....why am I going to go through that?!? All it took to shake that idea out of the way was a few hours of machine quilting on this piece. Oh I remember why it's not good to try to live with tears in one's rotary cuff!  

After a few days rest for the now again very aching shoulder, I'll add more straight line quilting between the original stitching. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2023


 Or should I say....making cloth book covers before my shoulder surgery halts sewing for awhile!  It seemed wise to bulk up my inventory while I had the chance.

Most of the French Provence fabrics (smaller books) were purchased by my cruise buddy/once student now good friend Jan VanderHill. She gifted these treasures
to me recently and I've had fun working with them. Also a nod to Doreen Speckmann, who created a line of similar prints for Cloth works many years ago.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

PTA - JUNE 2023

I no longer belong to organized quilt guilds, favoring smaller groups instead. PTA (Professional Textile Artists) is an invitational group of 14, though some for health reasons and new living locations are only to join us infrequently. We met this month at Dort's in Weaverville. All talking at once which is so typical. Good food, good conversations and always great friendship.  

Here's the outstanding show and tell:

First two by Janice Maddox who has such a knack with color/distribution and what I consider complicated patterns.
Lynne painting a background for a project she's working on.
Dort made this one and the following two.....I'm loving those circles!!

Barbara created this stunning black a white of those slice and dice of a completed block that makes me shake my head in amazement.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023


 High drama home and health issues haven't left much time for sewing....but I am focusing what little time I have to increase my inventory of covered books for my gallery. I'm going to MIA about for about 6 weeks starting mid. July....Rotary cuff surgery (unless I chicken out!!). Trying to prepare for the time I can't even brush my teeth, wipe my butt, cook, clean, sew, use my hand in any way......oh my......can I do this?!? 

Techniques dying on silk noil, mono-printing on canvas, appliquéd silk dupioni, quilted Japanese fabrics.

Monday, May 29, 2023


So delighted with the results of this commission with softer colors for a sweet little girl.  The buyers are thrilled too......which is always so flattering and brings me much happiness.  

 18.5" x 42"

Thursday, May 25, 2023


 It's always a surprise to me realizing how much time it takes to appliqué each layer of these motifs.....

Wednesday, May 24, 2023


 Working hard on the growth's coming together......

Monday, May 22, 2023


 Working on a growth chart commission for a little girl.  The Mother provided theme suggestions and preferred color way......

Been knee deep on designs and fabric.....settled on Hollyhock stalk... flowers will be placed on alternate sides, each with letter of the little girls name.  Tape measure on left will be added after all the appliqué is completed.....  Stay tuned for more views....

Friday, May 19, 2023


 I decided to create this piece sized to hang over a sofa, piece of furniture in a front entrance or dining room. It's on pause for a short time while I work on a commission I just accepted. If anyone has interest in this piece, I can discuss the completion and price with you now.

51"w. X 43"L

Monday, May 15, 2023


 With full large plastic bin of black and whites staring at me......I dug in.  Not sure where this is going yet......or heck, even if it's worth going anywhere.....  Stay tuned won't you??

Friday, May 12, 2023


The last of my canvas is now gone......and I'll be moving onto new projects.  Sometimes a break from creating just art quilts helps to renew and grow ideas.....


Saturday, May 6, 2023


The cost of fabric, even humble canvas has gotten the attention of all sewers.  It's understandable the public doesn't realize just how much goes into creating fiber art; money, time, skill etc. Heck,  I don't know the cost of car parts as I gasp when the mechanic presents me with the bill.

So, a few more fabric bowls will be coming out of my studio in the next days/weeks.  They aren't fast to make but the results are satisfying.    Update - blue bowl - SOLD


Thursday, May 4, 2023


Not much time to sew lately.......they say things come in threes.  I can probably double that....back hatch on car won't stay open, hearing aid needed fixing, 4 window in our house have clouded.....2 are at least 20' high including one LARGE fixed one.  NO one will accept the warranties.  Played telephone 'pass the buck' now for over a week.  Okay, I vented so won't go into the rest of my list!!

But....what I have accomplished was pretty satisfying. After making several of these 11" fabric bowls awhile back, I decided they weren't worth the time/effort to make for sale.  However, I since I still had canvas remaining, here are two more.....