Friday, January 14, 2011

Featured Artist

There's a small collection of my wall quilts hanging at the Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op. We like to feature a local artist's work for a month at a time and my name came to the top of the list in January.

Jewel in the Night Sky and Russian Sunflower

Radiant Nine Patch

Merial of the Sea

Mariner's Compass

Summer's Heat - Oh look, Orange! - with yellow and green

The response has been so positive, almost overwhelming. The customers exclaim and admire. The staff ask me, "Are those YOUR quilts?!" Well yes...

In the first week I had three offers to buy Merial of the Sea, even after I put up a sign that said for Display Only. One customer was very persistent and didn't want to take no for an answer. I told her quilting isn't my day job, she said, "Well it SHOULD be, you're an ARTIST!"

The kudos are really nice and it feels good to be appreciated, but I've never been able to make my quilting pay. That's not why I quilt.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Orange Continued

Recognize this? It's the link on Blogger's sign up page.

Once I started looking for orange I began to see it everywhere. I decided to take my camera with me to work. Wow! The Natural Foods Co-op is FULL of orange! No wonder it feels fun to be there.

Acorn and Spaghetti Squash

Tangelos, Clementines and apples

Golden beets

Carrots with tops. Man that touch of purple looks good!

Orange looks really great next to green or with blue, which is it's complement on the color wheel. So look at the packaging on these products.

Supplements in the Wellness department




Flavored Pasta Dinner

Someone in a marketing department somewhere must've come up with these combinations. Orange just naturally looks terrific next to green or blue. I bet it would make a great color scheme for a quilt.

Sunday, January 09, 2011


Rose Hughes was the guest speaker at guild yesterday. She had a fun approach to color theory and asked us all to 'study a color' this week. She said we might want to step away from our comfort colors and study one we don't work with very much in our quilts.

She asked us to look around our world and notice the color we've chosen.

Hmmm... there isn't a lot of naturally occurring orange in January.

Orange is so cheerful, I wonder why there isn't more of it around us?

Saturday, January 01, 2011

From My Family to Yours

Happy New Year!

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These shirts were made for us by DS2, an original "Tribal art" of a lion head, silk screened in his current techniques class and gifted to each of us. What a terrific, creative idea! Thank you Hollin!

Christmas Peace

After dinner

Spunky at five months. She used to be the same size as this toy mouse.

Gifts for the Grandbaby

I knitted a cap for the grand baby, due July 12. I couldn't show it before now. I used a lovely bamboo/acrylic blend, sooo soft!

Then I thought it would be fun to give it at Christmas. I still have one of my DS1's baby blankets, so I replaced the satin binding with new and put them together under the tree for DIL.

You never saw someone so happy! It made our Christmas very merry and bright.

Black Licorice and Jelly Beans

When I started the Many Lone Star quilt I was only four blocks away from finishing BL&JB. A few weeks before Christmas I needed some no-think-um sewing, so pulled the colorful strips back out and got going.

Laid out on the design wall

Short rows sewn, thank you Lila for inspecting my work!

Before borders

That's a lot of phone book paper to remove!