“Jazz Rhythms” Complete

“Jazz Rhythms” is finally complete and photographed and up on the website. It’s the latest in my Color Block series of quilts that use mostly solid fabrics and improvisational piecing. This has been a work in progress for some time, because I ended up reworking it once before it was quilted and once afterwards–reworking a…

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Playing with Scraps

I have bags and bags of scraps from my projects–pieces that are too big to throw away but too small to put back with the folded yardage in my studio.  Getting them out and playing with them is a fun way to sort of jump start my creative brain. I’m always amazed at the serendipitous…

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The Joy of Work

October was a very busy month for me, with two major shows–the MPA Artfest and the Great Falls Studios Studio Tour. I had tons of fun meeting new people and sharing my work and I was pleased and gratified that a number of my quilts went to new homes last month! A big thank you…

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Artfest Preview – “Time Travel”

This week I’m previewing work that I’ll be showing at the McLean Project for the Arts Artfest this Sunday, Oct. 4 from 10-5 in McLean Central Park, McLean VA. At right is “Time Travel,” one of the first pieces in my Color Block series. I haven’t been able to show it much at my exhibits…

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“Amber Harvest” Accepted at Quilts=Art=Quilts 2009

I’m thrilled to announce that “Amber Harvest” has been juried into the Quilts=Art=Quilts 2009 exhibition at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY. The show will run from Nov. 1, 2009 through Jan. 10, 2010 with a preview reception on Oct. 31 from 6-8 pm. As I noted in an earlier post, this piece…

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New to Color Block Series – “Amber Harvest”

“Amber Harvest” is the newest piece completed in my Color Block series and it moves off in a different direction that I’m very excited about. For this piece, I created one improvisational block by cutting strips, resewing them and cutting again until I had a block I was happy with. Then I framed it asymmetrically…

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New Name – Jazz Rhythms

This is the latest version of my “Red is a Neutral” piece–which I’ve renamed to “Jazz Rhythms.” I took it over to show my artist friend Jennifer Duncan recently to get her input. Jennifer does wonderful abstract mixed media paintings and uses a bright color palette similar to mine–you can see her work at http://www.jenniferduncanart.com…

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“Red is a Neutral” Update

Here’s the update for “Red is a Neutral” with the piecing finished. I made the improvisational blocks individually and then put them together like a jigsaw puzzle. The last block I made was the one on the upper right with the strippy sections. I really liked that effect, but it stood out too much with…

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“Red is a Neutral” in Process

This is the most recent in my Color Block improvisational series–“Red is a Neutral.”  I used solids and sewed pieces together in a fairly random fashion, many of them left over from previous projects. It gives me great satisfaction to “repurpose” blocks or units that either didn’t work in another piece or were simply left…

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