Spring Calling


I have created an artwork make over. The new piece is Spring Calling. In last month’s blog I shared an image of an applique picture that I created in 1988. I am showing you that image again. Girl on the Slide is 24 X 40 inches. At that time I used trapunto in a few spots. What that means is that in places that I wanted puffy, I slit the back layer and stuffed it with poly fill (like you would use to stuff a doll) and then stitched it back up by hand. This was done on many of the clouds. Using trapunto was the precursor to my deciding to make quilts.  The fabrics are of the 80’s –  The pale sky is left over curtain, the dark green in double knit, and the slide is satin. The water and grass are polyester blends that have faded a lot over time. A zig zag stitch was used to applique the fabrics down. (I did not know about fusible web yet). Small children were outlined and leaves of trees added using embroidery floss.



Here is the make over version. Spring Calling is 17 X 30 inches.

All the fabrics used for the make over piece are from my 2021 stash except for the slide. I cannibalized the 1988 slide and used it again. I made changes to the clouds, the gradation of blues in the sky, the placement of trees, and took out the small children running. The fabrics have pattern and texture, unlike the 1988 version. I used no embroidery floss, but did use markers to add a few dots. I used fusible web and a raw edge straight stitch applique. The quilting is minimal – around the slide and a few wavy horizontal lines on the rest. I spent a fraction of the time that I spent for Girl on the Slide in creating Spring Calling. Some things get easier over time.





And now my end-of-blog recipe for April. If you are avoiding sugar altogether, you will want to stop reading. I assume that this quick goo is a little healthier than a candy bar and you don’t have to run to the corner store to get your cacao fix. Chocolate Treat: Melt 1 T. of butter in the microwave (I have tried using coconut oil and it isn’t as good) Add 1 T. Cacao powder (I use Navitas Organics), 1 t. sugar, 1 T. toasted shredded unsweetened coconut, and 1 T. toasted seeds or nuts. (Raisins or other dried fruit are optional additions) Mix and eat.



March Miscellany

Some of you live in Gillette Wyoming, but you might not know about the wonderful venue for contemporary art quilts at City Hall. Take the stairs, and see my artwork from various vantage points! I change out the quilts in Spring and Autumn. There are four new pieces to enjoy. Evolution, 43 X 53 (above)… Read more »

Art Show Themes

Art shows often come together better if there are parameters. These might be subject matter, concept, color palette, size, medium, or some combination of these things. There are no guarantees that artists will respond to a call for art by submitting strong artwork. A theme that you thought was wonderful, might be greeted by a… Read more »

Show and Tell

In December I had the pleasure of hearing Transendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty and Time, read by the author, Gaia Vince. She follows the story of homo sapiens from their beginnings until now, and her full research and excellent storytelling make this book of non-fiction a real page turner! I was listening… Read more »

Light and Dark Harmony

It turns out that you’re never too old to learn! Five months ago an artist buddy introduced me to the art principle of Notan, which is a Japanese word meaning light and dark harmony. Had I gone to art school, I would already have known about this way of looking at composition. How pleasing is… Read more »


 I have become aware of dust bunnies and a neglected car, paper piles and soiled slip covers.  These things are on, and then off my radar, with no  action taken. There are a limited number of hours in a day and there is a limited supply of energy in a person. So these things usually… Read more »