I have some ideas of what I would like to do next on fabric.  However, I needed to build some of my skills and experiment some more before I get too far into my next round of fiber projects.

I am taking an8 week painting class with Donne Bittner. One of my painting projects from her class(acrylic on a spackled birch box) is shown below. (The following photos only show the top surfaces of the birch boxes against a wood table top.)


I also was excited to take a two day workshop with Christine Peloquin on painting and drawing on collaged pieces.  The first two projects started in the class are finished now and shown below. The collages use fabrics, papers, bits and pieces of left over art projects as well as drawing with charcoal and painting with acrylics.





I loved collaging and painting on the birch boxes.  What if I like that better than working on fabric?  Why is it scary to me that I might like working on wood better than on fabric?

IMG_0006 copy-Edit

Ever curious, dad loved every aspect of the natural world.  He taught me to identify bugs and trees and constellations. Though he has been gone two years, all I have to do is look at the night sky and I feel connected to the universe and to him.

How I love this video reminder. Please watch it for a glimpse at this special person.

© 2015


Some of my friends like bees; even love bees.  Some people want them at their homes and even bring them back if they try to move away.  (You know who you are.) Not me.  Nope.  I don’t want them hanging around in my yard, especially not inside the wall of my house.  I found someone to keep them away. If I want some honey I can drive down the road to the grocery store.  That works just fine for me. Thank you very much.


I have been experimenting with my new cookbooks.  This browned Cauliflower Gratin came from “Sprouted Kitchen, Bowl and Spoon” by Sara Forte. Mmm, very satisfying.


My favorite green bean recipe comes from Heidi Swanson’s “Near and Far.” The beans are slightly crisp with added crunch from sauteed sliced almonds and pepitas with zatar seasoning.


I have been doing some hand stitching.  I would have been done already if I had used a sewing machine, but the design printed with paint on the fabric was just too complex to do anything other than hand stitch it.


Oh and yes, this is a sander.  I am using it on a quilt.  This is just a test piece to see how the idea works.  You’ll just have to wonder and wait until I use it on a “real” work.  : )

© 2015

sIMG_1596med jrrmed

In August I flew to California to see baby Jasper. Besides finding a beautiful, good natured child pictured above with proud parents, I also discovered uncooked tortillas. It just takes 30 seconds on each side to heat each one. It is hard to find them where I am in Florida, but I did discover a supply and so for several weeks I went on a fajita cooking frenzy. I found several meat substitutes that worked well with the fajita mixture; one is the Tofurkey Chorizo Style (ground) and another that worked well is Sweet Earth’s Chipotle Style Seitan (strips or ground). With the fajitas I served both homemade salsa and homemade avocado salsa, recipes from Moosewood Restaurant Favorites.

IMG_7933med IMG_7939med

Following my trip to California, I travelled to Texas for the class I go to every six months. When I returned from my trip to Texas I received from Amazon what is my newest favorite cookbook, Near and Far by Heidi Swanson.  So my cooking frenzy has been diverted to a different style of cooking which has involved turmeric and cauliflower and various beans, cheeses, pastas and creme fraiche.


Before heading to Texas I had a number of projects to complete.


I had a huge dye project in which I took fabrics of various shades of grey and over-dyed them with undiluted primary and secondary colors.  I used cotton, silk and rayon. The resulting colors were often very rich.  What a great way to get a collection of fabrics that would all work well together out of one or two dye pots.


I also had to produce a series of surface design pieces. This is a stack of whole cloth pieces with dye and textile paints.  I will probably finish three of them with backing and batting and stitching.  I don’t know yet which might be stitched on the long arm and which might be better with hand stitching.  While I enjoyed the process of seeing the layers build up into the final design, I plan to completely change direction this time around.

A few random photos from my trip to Texas.

IMG_8027med IMG_8047med IMG_7999med

In preparation for my next work I am gathering together an assortment of things which includes quilt templates, spackle and a sander.  You’ll just have to be patient while I experiment a bit with my ideas.

© 2015

I am having the hardest time blogging without really showing the fabric projects I am currently working on.  My silence makes it look like I am sitting around doing nothing or maybe (fantasy time) hanging out at the beach everyday.  In reality I took another photoshop class, am working on newsletters for SAQA, I am working on applying dye and paint to fabric, feeding my genealogy addiction on ancestry.com, reading travel guides to France, dreaming of meeting little Jasper, creating lush gardens in virtual worlds, and busy planning several trips (in the real world).

You might think virtual worlds are about perfection, about having fun and being in the perfect environment in the perfect youthful condition.  But even there things go awry.


   7-30-15 Under the weather

I can’t wait for Thursday as who know what will be going on and if I will be able to post anything then, so let’s just call this one Throwback Tuesday.  In case you aren’t sure, I am on the far left.

Robinson Scan 1-2

I can’t wait until I meet this sweetest newest member of the family.

IMG_4525 Web

Selfie time. Oh, is that some fabric I see?! (Hmmm….maybe that will distract you from the fact that somebody’s hair is turning white.)


Prediction:  I think there are more baby photos in my blogging future. : )

© 2015


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 116 other followers

%d bloggers like this: