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In recent times, so much has happened in the world, in my life, in my art that blogging has fallen to the wayside.  Catching up seems like an impossible task and then I start wondering if I should blog at all.  But I do love sharing glimpses of my art explorations, cooking attempts and beach adventures as I also love seeing the explorations of others.  So I will give it another try, not by attempting to catch up, but just by continuing to show tidbits of the world from my limited vantage point.

So for today, here are a few tidbits.

First is a small self portrait done on fabric with photoshop, printing on fabric, water color paints, ink pencils and stitching.

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Here is a little fabric post card I made (though the wonders of Photoshop)  for someone who is moving far, far away on a big adventure of her own.


And on today’s menu is a favorite soup, Pasta E Ceci.  I like all the versions (vegetarian) that I have tried, but this particular version is from “Whole Bowls” by Allison Day.


And while the thunder is rumbling outside and I eat the warm soup, I will laugh my way through another Dave Barry book.







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.  : )

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I have never before been away so long from my blog.  Yes, I have been very busy. I did think of a variety of things to share, but somehow the longer I waited to write, the harder it got.

I went to the Florida SAQA conference (Studio Art Quilt Associates) and had a great time meeting other art quilters.


There were art flags running over the bridge between the parking area and the buildings at FIT where the conference was held.

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The exhibit, Southern Accents,  which opened during the Conference at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is wonderful.  For those of you in Florida it is on display until August 22 and is well worth the visit.

I have also been dyeing and dyeing and dyeing fabric.  And I have also been putting paint on fabric in a variety of ways.


I won’t show you any of the finished fabric projects I am working on for Jane Dunnewold’s Art Cloth Mastery Program. : (

But I will show you what a big mess I create when I work on a project.


And I have been cooking up a storm. Mostly the dishes have been successes: ginger bread, raspberry muffins with chia seeds,  linguine with red onions, kale and goat cheese, and frittatas, with eggs and assorted veggies (anything including potatoes, onions, summer squash, broccolini, zucchini) and cheese.  I think the feta was my favorite but goat cheese is really yummy on a frittata too. Ah, now I have gone and made myself hungry.  Time to go find a snack.


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Life continues to rush along at an amazing speed, but you would not know that looking at my blog TangerineKey.

I have made yummy “Wholegrain Gingerbread” and “Dried Mango and Toasted Coconut Muesli” from the book, Whole-Grain Mornings by Megan Gordon.


I got to see a friend who I only get to see once or twice a year and she reminded me sadly that this…


used to be this.


I got to talk to both of my sons and also my daughter in law.  The youngest son had interesting stories to tell, some of which revolved around a moose head. I will just let you wonder about that.  :)


I have had visiting family members, we went to wonderful restaurants and we also visited the West coast of Florida. (More photos on the West Coast in the next post.)


In between I have been diligently working away on a project. I always have trouble naming pieces. Two names that come to mind so far are Moss Park and Hidden Gems. (You can get a little look at the quilt in the first of the following studio photos.)

What finally motivated me to get me back to the blog is a challenge from fellow quilter, blogger, OMQG member, Debra of Made of Honor Quilts.  She invites us to blog about and instagram photos of our quilt rooms as they are with out cleaning up. Instagram tags:  #AsIsSewingRoom #orlandomqg

When I am in the middle of a project the room can be a disaster, with fabrics all over the table and bits and pieces of fabric all over the ironing board and the floor.  But right now I am in the phase of quilting on the home machine and so it isn’t too bad.  You don’t want your piece bumping into things knocking over everything while you are quilting, so fortunately it’s not so bad.


Main Studio Wall with Cutting and Sewing Areas


The old card catalog makes a great storage space for everything from thread to zippers.  The little design corner is too small for designing anything, but is a nice space to show small completed projects.


Huge cabinets make it possible to hide an immense amount of fabric.


My assistant is never far away and he has his own hideaway in the studio.

I have to confess that the longarm in another room is completely unusable.  I am working on a project to digitize the family photos to share copies with my siblings. I have bins and bins of photos to go through. The bins had been stacked up in the guest room, but since family visited, I loaded up all the bins onto the long arm table.  So right now that area qualifies as a disaster zone.


In a month from now I will be traveling to study in the Art Cloth Mastery program. I am not sure how I am going to finish this quilt that is taking forever, prepare for the program next month, clean off my longarm table and even consider starting some of those things I promised to do better in 2015.

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