more fabric bits

Welcome to 2016!

Or as I like to say – better late than never! I’ve been suffering with what I thought was the flu, which developed into bronchitis, and seems to be acting like a cold now. Whatever it is – I’m fed up with it. I have very little energy and a periodic cough that has people treating me like I have the plague. For the most part I have been staying home, resting, drinking fluids and all that jazz. Even though I know this sort of thing has to run it’s course, I wish it would pick up the pace.

When I do have any energy, I have been doing some busy work in the studio. I’m sewing little elements that will go together to create something larger. I’m not sure exactly what that will be, but I hope to have lots of “bits” to work with. We’ll see. I was curious as to exactly how many little elements I’ve been working on, so I did a count the other day. I have just over 1,000. Now I understand why it feels like this is a never ending project.

making bits

more bits

fabric bits

basket of bits

finished bits

As you can see in the last picture of “finished” bits, there are numerous rows of stitching on each bit. I have a couple of ideas about how I’m going to use these, but time will tell what will work best. I’ll let you know.

I’m also taking an online course called Creative Strength Training with Jane Dunnewold. We’re on week 3 and it’s been very interesting so far. Lots of things to think about when I have the energy to focus. I’m sure my art practice will be enhanced by this work. Better get back to work before I need a nap.

2nd part of tour day

Here is a recap of the rest of day 1 – Surface Design Association Conference tour day. See the rest of the day here. Conference attendees were bused around the city to a number of galleries to view SDA sponsored exhibitions. What a day.

Gallery Nord – a great San Antonio gallery space, featured several artist exhibits:

Nathalie Miebach, “Weathered Waters” – a large-scale wall piece that looks at the ecological interactions between weather systems and marine environments in the Gulf of Main.

Eun-Kyung Suh – “Embedded Memory”

Kathryn Clark – “Foreclosure Quilts”

Maria Shell – “Color Grids”

Gallery Nord

Gallery Nord

Nathalie Miebach work

“Weathered Waters” by Nathalie Miebach

Nathalie Miebach work

detail – Nathalie Miebach

Nathalie Miebach work

work by Nathalie Miebach


work by Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Eun-Kyung Suh

detail – Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Kathryn Clark

work by Kathryn Clark

work by Kathryn Clark

work by Kathryn Clark

work by Maria Shell

work by Maria Shell

work by Maria Shell

work by Maria Shell

work by Maria Shell

detail – Maria Shell

We saw work by Kim Eichler-Messmer – “Sense of Place”, and Janet Lasher – “Conscription”.

work by Kim Eichler-Messmer

work by Kim Eichler-Messmer

work by Kim Eichler-Messmer

work by Kim Eichler-Messmer

"Conscription" by Janet Lasher

“Conscription” by Janet Lasher

detail by Janet Lasher

detail – Janet Lasher

At the UTSA Downtown Gallery, we viewed the Students’ Show. Inspiring variety. Here’s a small sampling:

SDA conference students' show

Students’ Show

work by William Billy George

“Secret” by William Billy George

work by Katherine Hobbs

“The Phenomenology of Impairment” by Katherine Hobbs

work by Elizabeth Christensen

“Body of Work: Inner Context” by Elizabeth Christensen

work by Delaney Smith

“Knebix” by Delaney Smith

work by Julie Bilbro

“Self Portrait” by Julie Bilbro

Last but certainly not least, we viewed to the Members’ Show at the SAY SI Gallery. The Surface Design Association is made up of an amazing group of talented people, and seeing a cross-section of their work was an absolute treat! It was difficult chosing which photos to share.

work by Catherine Kirsch

“A Study in Red” by Catherine Kirsch

work by Wendy Klotz

“Platonic Interphases” by Wendy Klotz

work by Gloria Hansen

“Yesterday’s Vogue” by Gloria Hansen

work by Timothy Webster

“Black Square” by Timothy Webster

work by Miriam Otte

“Spring at Last” by Miriam Otte

work by Meghan Lancaster

“Hive Dancing at the Blue Dahlia Lounge” by Meghan Lancaster

work by Georgia Zwartjes

“African Coffee Coat” by Georgia Zwartjes

work by Marty Jonas

“Ode to Marge” by Marty Jonas

work by Mari Livie

“Meet Fish, a Close Encounter with Another Kind” by Mari Livie

work by Gwen Lowery

“Cabbage Interfaces with Skunk” by Gwen Lowery

work by Jennifer Love

“Fertile Ground II” by Jennifer Love

work by Fiona Duthie

“Topography of Healing” by Fiona Duthie

After seeing all those amazing shows we were dropped off at the hotel – exhausted and invigorated. We enjoyed a dinner buffet reception by the pool, the opening of an outstanding vendor fair and a dessert buffet. Not bad for the first official day of the conference!






tour day

Surface Design Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas. Wow! The first official day of the conference saw me up and at an Area Representatives’ Meeting first thing in the morning. I was standing in for our local rep, Karin, and it was interesting to hear about things going on in the rest of the SDA world. Then everyone gathered to board buses and start our gallery tour day. An outstanding array of art was displayed around the city, and it was somewhat overwhelming. I’m including a variety of photos from the first 2 venues that we visited. My next post will  continue the tour.

Elise Deringer and Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen – Looking Through: New work from Elise Deringer and Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen.

Elise Deringer

work by Elise DeringerElise Deringer

Kelsey Viola Wikirchen
work by Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen
Kelsey Viola Wikirchen

work by Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen

Earth Friendly Alchemy: Explorations in Natural Dyeing. This group show contained some beautiful work, though the various dyeing techniques were lost on me. I’m not ready to start dyeing yet so I’m satisfied to enjoy the efforts of others without understanding exactly how the results were accomplished. Pieces not credited are due to an oversight in my photographic record keeping.

Earth Friendly Alchemy

Ana Lisa Hedstrom

work by Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Bhakti Ziek

“Rain” by Bhakti Ziek

Lisa Grey

work by Lisa Grey

Catharine Ellis

work by Catharine Ellis

Jay Rich

work by Jay Rich

Sara Goodman

“Squam Ridge Line” by Sara Goodman

Earth Friendly Alchemy Earth Friendly Alchemyunknown artist detail

Valerie d Walker

“Hotaru/fireflies” by Valerie d. Walker

I’m afraid I wasn’t organized enough in keeping track of artist names and titles. I’ve tried to include artist info as often as possible, but it was difficult keeping track of all that we were exposed to. If you can add to the credits, please send me a comment and I’ll update the post.

It’s Finished!

My apologies for not posting for a week. I’ve been busy, started several posts but just couldn’t seem to get them finished. Last week I received a parcel from my dear friend, Louise. You know Louise – from Red Red Bobbin in Brantford, Ontario? She and her husband, Jim, own a fabulous quilt shop with a full line of quilting services and they do amazing work. Louise just finished quilting a quilt that I made for my son, Marc. (You can see the quilt in production in this post.) As soon as I carefully opened the parcel and spread out my colorful quilt, I called Louise to tell her how much I love it, because I do! Then as soon as I hung up I started grabbing fabrics to “audition” for the binding. I selected a black and white print by Nancy Crow. I ironed the fabric, ran it through my die cut machine, pressed in a fold and started sewing in on to the quilt. The process  involves sewing the binding to the front side of the quilt by machine, then folding it over the raw edge of the quilt and hand stitching it in place. I think it gives a nice finish. You can tell me what you think.

before the binding

fabric for binding

red red bobbin labelquilt on table quilt detail corner close up cat approval label block label back showing quilting corner detail back and front of quilt

I completed 2 sides of the quilt that very day but finally had to call it quits and go to bed. Over the next couple of days I completed the binding and voilà! It’s all finished. I wanted to post photos immediately, but Marc left town  for a few days and I wanted to include him in the post. Finally he arrived home – slightly exhausted.

sleeping Marc