My Appalachia

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Art Quilts, Inspirations and Designing | 9 Comments

After reading J.D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, I thought about my own deep ties to Appalachia. I also dug out one of my favorite local history books, Railroad City, also known by local historians as ‘the red book.’ I have gone to this source many times when referencing local housing styles. My very early beginnings […]

“War Horse” Triumphs!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Art Quilts | No Comments

So many stitches, so many students, so many precious moments.  When I look closely at my finished ‘retirement’ quilt, “War Horse,” I can easily recall various time periods in my teaching life.  With the exception of the horse image, all the additional fabrics are gleaned from my remnant bins.  Some are fabric dyes, others are […]

“Of course…..!”

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Art Quilts | One Comment

Of course my last 2 months of teaching had to be busier that the whole previous 7!  That’s why I’m just now filling you in on the progress of my ‘retirement’ quilt. Of course I just had to add a finishing embellishment.  I like the look of foiling so I turned to one of my […]

The Five Last Pins

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Art Quilts, Uncategorized | One Comment

I always breathe a sigh of relief when I get to the last 5 pins on a quilt.  This means that the quilt is almost to a stage where it won’t fall apart…and I’ll quit randomly sticking myself with pins as I sew! The construction of this quilt seems to parallel the many small milestones […]

Countdown to Freedom

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Art Quilts, Inspirations and Designing | One Comment

Sometime in June, I will be passing on the torch (room keys) to a new art teacher and retiring from my career as a public school art teacher.  My in-progress art quilt above will be a self portrait of sorts.  The War Horse is me and all of the little patches of fabric represent the […]

With A Little Help From My Friend

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Art Quilts | No Comments

Most artists have a muse they rely on every once in a while.  For many years I had a four legged one!  Annie, our beagle-mix often liked to check out my fabric compositions.  I often wondered what she might be thinking…or more likely what she found so interesting to sniff! Sometimes I would have to […]