Six years is a long time to stick to one format for what is, by it’s own description, supposed to be a challenge. There comes a time when staying the course has the potential to foster staleness and inhibit creative stretching. It becomes harder to envision new ideas in fresh ways and to explore techniques… Continue reading Choose A Theme – The Reveal!
I belong to a professional organization of textile artists called Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Every year they host a fundraiser where members participate by creating and donating 12″x12″ art quilts for auction. I’ve been a bystander in the event, never yet having either donated a quilt or submitted a bid on one. That’s not… Continue reading The Side-Eye Glance
October in Michigan brings brisk mornings and cool evenings that bookend rainy days or resurrected summer days, trees with fluttering leaves of vibrant colors, pumpkins on porches, apples by the bushel, and for a small group of old friends and I, a now annual trek to the Upper Peninsula for a weekend of reconnection. Some… Continue reading High School Friends
It doesn’t seem possible that three months have passed since the last group quilt challenge reveal…but here we are. The short summer months have hurried by in a hot haze of recreation, projects, and work. Now the season is winding down, nights are becoming cool again, and fall is on the horizon. Ahh! It’s Michigan,… Continue reading The Window Challenge – Reveal!
With varying participants, this quilt challenge group that I belong to has been going strong and steady for 6 years now. I’m a little surprised, and frankly, a little impressed that we’ve lasted so long. There is a lot of satisfaction to be had from persisting in an endeavor to the point that real growth… Continue reading The Bird Challenge – Reveal!
The inspiration for this quilt challenge stems from an encounter Brenda, Candace, and I had with a hideous piece of art a couple of years ago. The work was dark, obscure and featured a standing crocodile in profile along with these words, ‘It’s pretty, but is it art?’. Despite the Rudyard Kipling quotation, the piece… Continue reading The Devil Made Me Do It – A Quilt Reveal!
My creative muse took a temporary detour this winter into the world of photography. Inspiration struck after I read an online article highlighting the work of amateur photographers on the app site EyeEm and -voila!- a mini obsession was born. In short order, I was documenting the ordinary scenes along my rural road, taking portrait… Continue reading Photo-Play