Fun class with Ellen Lindner

I took an Improv Floral quilt class with Ellen Lindner on Tuesday. Although I have made many similar quilts, I wanted to learn Ellen’s techniques for the project. I also wanted to get to know her a little better. We met at a SAQA retreat this Spring.

I made my quilt into a pillow, so didn’t use the best technique she taught, finishing the edges, making a rod pocket, and putting on a label, all on the sewing machine. No hand sewing! But you can bet I will use that the next time. The class was fun, I enjoyed it. If you have a chance, take a class with Ellen. She’s very helpful, even getting down on the floor a couple times to demonstrate. And my new pillow looks good with it’s mates on the couch.

In the last 3 weeks I have invited 3 women to make art with me. All of them are named Pam. It was not planned, just a coincidence. With Pam #1 I experimented with oil paint crayons, Shiva sticks. The second Pam and I made paper collage birds. The third Pam I taught to make a crazy quilt with scraps her mother saved from making her childhood clothes.

Pams are nice, I recommend you get to know one too.

Trying some Este

I follow Este Macleod on Instagram. She is a wonderful artist. Sometimes she posts a video of her drawing process. I tried it. It’s much harder than she makes it look. This says Beach time. I made the letters into a picture like she does, sort of. Take a look at her website.

Sorry for blurry pictures. It’s hard to hold the book open and snap a pic.


Visions Quilt Museum, Finally


For years I have visited my daughter in San Diego, and wished I could go see this place. This time I made it. We arrived early, so went to Visions before we saw family.


This is inside the entrance, as far as I could take pictures. But the art we saw was incredible. Betty Busby and Jane Sassaman were featured artists, and we were amazed at the colors, designs, stitching, and mostly, the VISION they  showed in their work. Erma Martin Yost is a featured artist who makes exquisite felted masterpieces. Her work is also fabulous. But my heart holds stitches and fabric. I plan to go see the current show every time I go now. I’ll make plans to make it work. This is worth seeing people! It is art, not just quilts.

Dali madness

The Dali museum in St. Petersburg is an interesting building. The inside is fun, the outside is lovely gardens. The Dali art is challenging to interpret. I like his early paintings, before he made abstract expressionist art. I may be intellectually lazy, but distorted human forms and deconstructed objects that are social commentary on the atomic age require more thought and analysis than I am willing to do. He was skilled and precise, used color and contrast successfully. I think his paintings are mainly emotional reactions to his fears.

Angela Merkle, World Leader

This is my quilt, made for the Herstory exhibit. I am pleased to tell you it will be shown at the  International Quilt Festival, in Houston and Chicago in April 2018. If you are going, please take a look. The figure is a stuffed doll-like form, representing Angela Merkle’s climb from her childhood in East Germany to become the President of unified Germany. The wall is the Berlin Wall, and she sees the Parliament building in the distance.

February watercolors

Still trying to post often, all the things I make. I learned from Deb the difference between good paints, and less good ones. Of course, it’s pigment load. Lucky I used cheap paint on my latest one, since I botched it and had to lift off some words. Also a learning experience.

New painted tablerunner

This is Deb, painting her herringbone tablerunner. We had lots of fun.

This is mine. It’s a canvas tablerunner, painted with flamingos and palm trees. I intended to make it so either side was the top, but again, the urge to paint palm trees came on, and I succumbed immediately. This is about 14″wide and 58″ long, to fit my table.