Thursday, August 3, 2017

Laying Low for Now

It's been awhile since I last blogged. I've been having a lot of lower back pain and sciatica, making it difficult to sit for very long. Actually staying in any one position, standing, laying down, etc. is difficult.  Although I've had periodical back pain through the years ever since my back surgery in 2000, it started to get more serious in about late April and into May. I kept thinking that as soon as school got out, I would feel better. Instead it just kept getting worse. It's the same kind of pain I had prior to having my fusion surgery in 2000 due to a work related incident.  I had a back x-ray a couple weeks ago and an MRI yesterday.  It's possible that I will need decompression and fusion surgery again. Needless to say, I'm not doing much quilting. I think I did about ten stitches a couple of days ago in a quilt and that's been about it. Hoping to get some treatment soon and get back to the life I enjoy, going places, seeing friends and being creative.  This is so not me! My husband has been absolutely wonderful, taking me to appointments, cooking, etc. I'm so lucky to have him.

Thank you to all my wonderful friends who have been in touch and wishing me a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, to get some inspiration, check out Elizabeth Barton's latest blog post here:   

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sandy Bruce

Sandy Bruce was the guest Artist at our Almond Country Quilt Guild monthly meeting last Friday.  She is a wonderful artist, in a variety of media and gave an interesting presentation about her life and quilting.  If you want to learn more about her go to

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Messy Fun with Acrylic Paint-Dirty Pour Technique

I've been wanting to try this technique for awhile and got to do it yesterday.  It is called a 'Dirty Pour.'  If you google that term or 'fluid acrylic pouring',  you will see lots of information on it.  You can end up spending oodles of time looking at tons of youtube videos on the technique. Basically it is using slightly diluted acrylic paint into which you mix a silicone gel,
 stir it up and carefully dump it onto a canvas. 

Here are pictures from yesterday's experiment.

All the paints are poured into one cup as you see below. I used white for the bottom and top layers.

Below is the canvas after carefully dumping the cup of paint onto it.

Next I  tipped the canvas from different angles to spread the paint to edges.

Below are a couple of closeups.

Below is the entire canvas.

I wanted to get a mono print of it onto fabric, so I placed some silk on it and lifted up a layer which totally changed everything.  So then I fussed around with dribbling bits of leftover paint and angling the canvas this way and that and ended up with this.

Lots of fun but very messy!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quilt Show Weekend

I'm enjoying my new retirement status.  I thought I would have accomplished more in this last week, but so it goes. I've been  trying to find a home for all my stuff I brought home from my classroom. Over 30 years it added up.  Deciding what to keep, why I should keep it and then where to keep it is time consuming, but also a nice trip down memory lane. I came across old figure drawings done in college, weaving charts, calligraphy pieces, etc.

This last weekend was our local guild's big quilt show. I worked in admissions on Saturday morning and it seemed to me we had more visitors than ever, which is great. I had three quilts in the show. Below are pictures of two of them.  I wish the lighting in the building were better so the embroidery would show up, but what can you do. Others I spoke with had the same complaint as well.

Above is "A Little Birdie Told Me"

This is a closeup of of "Majestic Magenta Mountains."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sun Printing on Paper and Fabric

I made it!! I'm retired!! Whoo Hoo!!  To celebrate it I did some sun printing on paper and fabric yesterday afternoon. As with many things, I approached it very intuitively.  I gathered together some 'masks', flat objects to place on the wet paint, which end up showing up lighter as the paint is pulled from underneath those areas to the exposed areas.

The first three photos show fabric and paper which has been been dampened, then painted with diluted Setacolor transparent paints. Next flat masks were placed on top and then the whole piece put outside to dry in the 105 degree temperature we had yesterday.  Had a lot of fun doing these and need to explore further. And I'll have time to do that now!

Notice dead grass below papers.

Crumbled up linen tablecloth above and below after it dried.

You get two fabrics for the price of one with sun painting because the back side
 is a lighter version of the front.

This and the one below are printed on paper.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Quilting New Quilt

Didn't have time to post last week.  Been very busy working to get everything done at school and trying to hang in there for the last nine and a half days of teaching. Sooooo looking forward to retirement.  I did find a little time to do some quilting, by machine and hand on my latest quilt, the one for  our Cutting Edge Fiber Group to be displayed at the next PIQF in October.

I machine quilted the dark channels with lots of circles.

In other areas, I'm doing hand embroidery. And in yet other areas, I may do nothing. It's an art quilt. It won't be washed and doesn't need it. I know the trend is to machine quilt the heck out of quilts with row after row of stitching, but I kind of like that the fabric puckers a bit, like fabric, which it is.  At our last Cutting Edge meeting we had an interesting discussion about how much quilting is needed on an 'Art Quilt'.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ceramic Ethnic Masks

Here are some of the first fired masks of my students for this year.  More to come in the next week or so. I can only fire about 25 in each kiln firing because they cannot be stacked or they fuse together from the glaze.

Makes me want to make a mask quilt.