Piece By Piece

Piece By Piece

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Inspirations and Designing | 2 Comments

Those who know my art quilts know that I am not normally a ‘pieced fabric’ quilter. I prefer to paint and print whole cloth surface designs. But after discovering the amazing fabric collage art quilts of Susan Carlson, I decided to use her techniques to interpret a photograph I had taken of our dog, Sadie. […]

“Golden Hour” Fabrics

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Inspirations and Designing | 4 Comments

I never thought a selvage edge could be so exciting! My sample fabric recently arrived from the SAQA Golden Hour fabric design contest. Six lucky quilt artists had their fabric designs selected for Andover’s Golden Hour line of fabrics. Andover contributes a portion of its profits for this project to Studio Art Quilt Associates. Our […]

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 […]

Print and Play

So what is this you might ask? The brand name is Gelli and it is a soft, flexible printing block. Very cool, but a little expensive (for the size.) Years ago when I was teaching printmaking, I used to make baking pans full of clear gelatin to take into school for my students to print […]

NAHS: Just Do It!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Inspirations and Designing | 3 Comments

  This blog entry is dedicated to the 2016 inductees, officers and returning members of the Altoona Area High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Congratulations to all of you! Thank you for inviting me to share some of my art with you tonight. Recently I had the honor of having an art […]

Right Under My Nose

Earlier this fall, I was reorganizing my studio space (aka basement.) and I found some forgotten jars of Versatex fabric silkscreen ink. This find inspired me to experiment with some paper and pre-cut stencils.  Supplies include: newsprint, plastic stencils, Bondo scrapers (and other random plastic cards), silkscreen frames, masking tape, cotton fabric, plates and spoons. […]

My Own Creative Cave

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Inspirations and Designing | 5 Comments

I am now realizing that I can make art every day! It is wonderful to be able to tap into the right brain and not have to think about grading programs or seating charts. I can experiment, grow and creatively play in “my basement” studio. When I was growing up the basement was where I […]

Circle of Life

Last summer we watched as a pair of robins built a nest under our porch and then patiently waited for the baby robins to hatch. Ever so diligently, the parent robins fed and tended the babies. Eventually they were big and strong enough to fly away on their own.  As is the habit of young […]

Dogs & Cats: Before and After

A big part of my purpose for my blog is sharing my process.  Below you will see 2 paintings I recently painted for our local animal shelter.  Both paintings began with a blue under-painting. This goes back to a fear of the blank, white canvas.  To me, once a color or a mark has been […]

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 […]