I finished “Cosmos” last Saturday right before the Artfest and I will have it on display at the Great Falls Studios Studio Tour next weekend, Oct. 17-18. It really does hang straight–this is not a professional photograph, but I wanted to share!

This piece grew out of my “Playing with Colors” series. I used the same improvisationally pieced circles as I did in the earlier quilt, but I wanted to limit the color palette to explore the complementary colors of blue and orange. The design took me a while to create because I had several different ideas to try and I had to live with each one on the design wall for a period of time before I decided which one I liked best. This design made me think of the images from telescopes in space of exploding stars and the universe–hence the name.

I’m really excited about the quilting on this piece, which unfortunately doesn’t show up well in this photo. I’ll post about it in more detail once I get the professional photo done. Usually on a piece like this I just choose one overall design motif and quilt it that way. I’m moving in a new direction with my most recent work, however, and putting different design motifs in the same quilt. This quilt has three different motifs worked into the design. It’s more complicated to do because it requires more planning of the quilting, but it’s more interesting to quilt and I hope to look at.

One more week until the Studio Tour! Visit the Great Falls Studios website for more information at

On the website you can register to win one of 40 $50 “Art Bucks” coupons good toward the purchase of art at any studio tour venue during the tour, plus you can downloan a map and artist directory to plan your visit. Or pick up a free color catalog at any artist venue, including the Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike.

I hope you’ll have time to stop by!