Monday, September 18, 2017

The Bomb hit the streets in Paducah

As the busy month of September rolled around for everyone in Paducah, Valerie Pollard and I along with a great group of official bombers hit the streets. The last Monday in August dawned lovely - felt like a beautiful fall morning - the perfect day to get all the trees surrounding Market House Square downtown get dressed up for all the events in September.

16 trees are now dressed in finery for the month.

Valerie and I have been planning and preparing since last December and we had sooooo many people that helped us pull this off!

Hats off to you all!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kitten vs Yarn - Paducah Fiber Bombing

Summer is here and we're stitching, knitting, crocheting and pompom making like crazy. The only thing we need now is YOU!

We're planning to cover the trees in Market Square, downtown Paducah for the month of September and we could sure use your help.

Details here:
for more details on what to make and send check out our page on Facebook --
Paducah Fiber Bombing

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

do . good

I am excited to be part of my friend Natalie Barnes rollout of her new fabric. Appearing this week for all to see at Quilt Market.

This is her second line of fabric though
Windam Fabrics and is called
"Makers Home".
Leave it to Natalie to come up with a way to make my sample and the samples of the other 8 quilt artists designing for her/ using her new line be part of something BIGGER that will help 'LOTS'.

After the quilt unveiling at Quilt Market, all will be up for auction on-line with ALL proceeds going to charity.

I chose our local (no kill)
Project Hope Humane Society

After all, a house without a pet
is just not a home to me.
Here are all the details!!!
 these are all the quilters.
This is my quilt...
the others can be seen over on the ebay-auction site.

click . over
join . in
do  .  good

Thursday, May 11, 2017

All Day Everyday-Everyday All Day

Healing comes to each of us in many ways.

Mine began as I began making a quilt to honor the memory of 'my' Edgar. You all have heard or seen my many posts on him, now I wanted to share his quilt and some of the photos I took along the way as I was stitching.

It started with photos --
Photos that I printed in black & white, then I took a china white pencil to begin identifying various parts.
Being a black cat there was always a hard time capturing his highlights, but I think I was able to pull these out of the photos.
Next came the piecing -- using Fast-Piece Applique of course, but I felt just because he was a black cat did not mean that it all had to be black fabric.
I created Edgar on his own then selected a background fabric where I could write all his stories-journal style. Below I show a couple of detail shots showing how this was done.
Here he is -- all Edgar -- all 4.5feet of him.

It is called--
All Day Everyday - Everyday All Day

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Healing and Stitching

When great loss strikes I have found that the most important thing I can do to come out from under the covers is to use my art to take the first step towards beginning to heal. Under those covers I feel immobilized… unable to breathe at times, but once I start to create something… anything… to capture those feelings in a creative, loving way that letting go starts. It may start with notes I start writing, or little sketches of seemingly overwhelming memories, then for me comes the fabric and the stitching.

As the process continues, a piece of art begins to emerge. The art is the outward sign of the healing, but the breathing in and out becomes easier with each stitch.

Back in 2000 when I lost my fur-buddy Vincent, I found myself in this space and it took a long time but what emerged was a memorial quilt to my blue-eyed boy. I am posting these here, possibly the idea may help someone else take a first step after loss to finding a way back. Then again, these pictures are acting as a placeholder for another memorial quilt that is underway for Edgar… making me feel better stitch-by-stitch.  


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Art & Healing

I have been floundering since loosing Edgar and have been trying to find something to get me moving again. It made me think about the loss of another beloved little soul - Vincent. Vinnie, like Edgar is one of those fur babies that always will be with me and when he passed there was a long suffering in my personal work, but I remembered what really pulled me through was making a memorial quilt for him.

This thought immediately made me feel like I had a purpose...making an Edgar quilt. Like Edgar himself the quilt will be larger than life. Then while chatting with my sister she asked me if I was going to use velveteen -- soft like the boy himself. 

Well, I think you can see where this is going. I haven't been in my velveteen bin for quite a while... such a perfect place to begin... thinking and developing ideas on just how to create a proper memorial quilt for Edgar.

Out came the bin and I couldn't believe what I found as I pulled, sorted and remembered the history of all this fabric. A considerable amount of the velveteen had been manipulated while in my Tuesday art group. There were pieces that were: Dyed, painted, waxed, stamped, indigo dyed, and bleached.

All of this fabric and leftover bits and pieces held memories of so many projects created over the years & also hold the promise of all infinite possibilities of things to come. Just what I needed.

Who knew what memories, wisdom and experience was in a tub of fabric?

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Cat's Tale

It has been a week since we lost our handsome black cat, Edgar. He has been a part of family for just over 16 years and even as I write this my heart is heavy and I have to remind myself to breathe. He joined our household back in 2001 as a bright-eyed kitten...

I had been working from home for a few years at that point, and friends told me to just tell David that I was in need of some office staff. First adopted was Nikki -- who was my 'administrative assistant', and then a bit later this little soul, known to many as my 'receptionist' joined our family. Edgar took his role very seriously. He greeted everyone and engaged them in conversation. Many a folk had to be told that he would not stop talking with them until they chatted back.

He was never far from the action. During the filming of my Simply Quilts episode, at my home, Edgar was still rather young and would chew on anything plastic. This included wires for the cameras, until he became intrigued with the directors monitor. On finding the monitor he sat down to watch intently the whole process. Silently, fully engrossed.

Edgar was always in the studio, for I was always in the studio, so he has appeared in a number of magazine articles along with me - or a bunch of quilts. You would have seen both he an Nikki mentioned in Quilters Home as my office staff, or holding down a stack of quilts in Patchwork tsushin, and battling with me for star billing in the very first issue of Generation Q Magazine.

Always the perfect gentleman in the studio he would gladly move off the project I was working on when asked and given another soft spot to lay on. It just had to be close enough by to the keep an eye on the action. One of Edgar's favorite soft spots was on the ironing station - in the middle of the room, right by the window.
It has been impossible for me to enter the studio this week for more than a few minutes. Today I am trying just to remain in here long enough to write this post. Baby steps.

A friend on FaceBook posted a poem this week that hit home.

“to live in this world
you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”
~ Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

Letting go is hard, but Dave and I continue down this long road...taking baby steps and reminding ourselves to breathe.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grey Day Stitching

Hi All,

This winter the weather has been a bit different than the years previously. Since it is only my 5th winter here in Paducah I can barely call it strange but the temps have been up and down, and down and up since November. No snow...for it seems these have been our dry days. But there has been weeks of rain.

Today the day is gray. It has been gray, wet and cool for quite a week and we are looking at another week of the same. With the gloom settling in I decided it was time to finish up some projects that have been put aside for quite awhile for one reason or another.

I was totally surprised when I opened this first one. I was just hours away from completion.

This second one was another story. I loved using these amazing Cherrywood fabric to stitched together this HOME piece. The rich solids begging for thread play - and playful mark making. I pulled the stitching kit out and soon had a big pile of thread bits. The piece is still underway, but there are a few more gloomy days ahead -- time to get it done and enjoy the process. I do love hand stitching!

Then the projects swimming around in my head  will have a clear go ahead. Til then....

hope you are finding a bit of time to be creative.
Would love to hear what you are up to!