I will be reading some poems from Inheritance Of Aging Self at Kensington Day Of The Book on April 23rd during the 11 am hour as part of the poetry program. The festival runs from 11-4 along Howard Ave. in Old Town Kensington, MD. Hope to see you there and many thanks to Nancy Naomi Carlson as well as Kurt Olsson for all their work in organizing the poetry program, what a great lineup of poets!
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Three of my quilts will be displayed in the Her Voice, Her Vision Women’s History Month exhibition at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225 from March 8th-April 3rd. The three quilts will also be for sale (each artist handles their own sale, so if you are interested in purchasing one of the quilts, please contact me directly.) Many thanks to Gallery Director Eric Birkin for all of his work in organizing and for accepting my quilts into the show.
Trio (17″ x 20″) was originally going to be a two color quilt, just the dark grey and light green. But the terracotta insisted, hence the name.
Going In Circles (21″ x 27″) is an improv circle study and the only quilt I’ve done using peppered cotton fabric which means that the warp and weft are different colors which adds a rich, dimensional feel to the fabric.
I made This Is Where We’re At (28″ x 32″) in the early days of the pandemic when with each new bit of devastating news came pundits and doctors saying that this was where we were.
For several weeks I’ve been using the drawing app Procreate to explore pattern and repetition in graphic design, which might sound weird since I don’t use patterns in my quilting but this is different because if you are trying to draw something that can be used to print fabric or paper, you may want it to repeat to be able to adjust it to a variety of sizes and to do so in a way that it joins together without being out of alignment. All of which is best illustrated using my design, “On The Corner” as an example:
The first picture is On The Corner, a simple graphic design. The second shows what happens if you repeat it four time (with orientation adjustments), and the third shows what happens when you repeat it four times again, suddenly it looks like tile! And what does it look like on a laptop sleeve or a rug?
And I am totally down with spending the summer sitting on the beach in this chair!
To see these and more possibilities, check out my work on Society6!
Modular Improv Quilting is an exciting (and easy!) technique that I’ve been developing over the last few months. Using modular sizing allows quilt blocks to be arranged in a variety of ways with the added plus of being a technique that can be used for any size quilt. The simple design of individual blocks allows focus on overall composition. This technique can be used with any colorway. So far I’ve been using solid fabrics, but prints are also an option, stay tuned for more variations.
I am planning to teach this technique this spring. It is perfect for beginning and experienced quilters and a great way to dip your toes into improv piecing and design or to learn a different technique. Leave a comment if you are interested in taking the class or if your guild might like to host a class.
The quilt tops shown here two examples of modular improv piecing. As usual I’m behind on my quilting, but didn’t want to wait to show you a bit of what is possible with this exciting and fun technique!
If you would like to see and/or purchase my quilts, graphic merchandise, or collection of poems, this is where to find them:
Last month I downloaded a graphic design app on my ipad to give myself something fun to play with on a couple of overseas flights, and sort of like a kid with a Gameboy or Play Station, I couldn’t put it down. Better yet, it turns out you can turn those doodles and designs into tables and water bottles and tshirts and water bottles and phone cases and on and on.
So I decided to give it a whirl. I am still learning, but my first few attempts are now adorning the above products and a lot more in my gallery at Society 6. I decided to call it Art Mama Gallery which was the name of the little arts business I ran many moons ago. All I can say is wow has online art retailing changed a lot since then! So check it out, some great gift ideas are waiting for you there!
Here are a couple of the designs I’ve put up so far, and a few examples of what they look like on products. I’m working on some more so check back often and if you see a design you like but would prefer it in different colors, let me know, many of these can be adjusted to different colors.
Last week I had a wonderful time making a presentation to the Friendship Star Quilters in Gaithersburg, MD. I shared some of my poems about quilting (ask me about the demise of Sunbonnet Sue!) and talked about my quilt design process (with lots of quilts as illustrations). I also got a chance to do a brief demonstration of my modular improv quilt design technique with the help of a few intrepid members of the guild. I plan to teach a workshop on using that design method this winter. If you are interested in knowing more or would like to bring the workshop to your guild (by Zoom or in person), please let me know. Here are a few pictures from my presentations, many thanks to Michele Barnard for the photos.
I’m looking forward to sharing some poems from Inheritance Of Aging Self as well as some newer work at the September 1rst Diverse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading at the Casey Center (810 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877) at 7 pm. CL will be the other featured reader and there is an open mic as well. Great thanks to Kristin Kowalski Ferragut for inviting me to read! I’ll have copies of my book with me if you would like to buy a copy, autograph and quilted bookmark included!