Saturday, August 20, 2016

Family Pizza And Music In The Gazebo

It has been two weeks since this took place. It has taken me this long to post the photos as they ALL needed a lot of editing.
Jared making music with Cooper and Nick listening.


Nate and Heidi making music together.
Julie, Jessica and Oliver listening to the music!
Nicks goal in life is to never let me take a picture of him smiling, but I did it!
Heather, Greg, Julie
Boys will be boys!
Boys and men.
Heidi and Heather
Nate and Heidi
Everyone had a great time. The pizza was delicious as usual and the music was so enjoyable.
It's always a special time when we can get family together.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

This Post Is A Rerun And We Will Be Rerunning The Same Family Get Together This Evening!

Last week Greg, Julie and the family were here for a visit. We were able to get the most of Jeff’s family over while they were here. We had a pizza party on the gazebo – yes, all 11 of us in the 12 x 12 foot space! image Jeff has just said to Greg “You look like the young version of Dad and I look like the old version of Dad!”
The cousins had a great time playing the guitars and ukelele.
Do you see a resemblance between Jeff and Jeff Jr?
Nick is a “little” taller than cousin Heidi!
Although Blake missed the get together, he surprised me Friday night. I was up in the studio working and heard someone come in. I figured it was Greg’s family. Blake drove down after work so he could spend time with the relatives. It was a wonderful family time with perfect weather.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Playing With Some Of My Quilts

My last activity yesterday was to play with Photo Lab. I’m sharing some of my favorites.
Do you recognize the quilts I used to create these?

Sunday, July 31, 2016


This quilt is a difficult on to show all the details on it in a full length picture.
I took 3 different photos which will allow you to see the details of the stitching and the colors more clearly.
You can see the top, middle and bottom sections in greater detail and color.
This is the entire quilt.

Friday, July 29, 2016


Peach firstie dye
This is the  date of the opening reception for my show. I hope I will see you there!
Anderson Art Center, 121 66th Street, Kenosha, WI
The show will run through March 19, 2017.
I will be sharing more information about the show closer to the date, but I know some of you will be coming from a distance and/or want to put it on your calendar so it doesn’t conflict with anything else.
I have earned the title QUEEN OF ICE.
Each one of my pieces is unique and does not mimic the others.
This will be a very large show with 70-80 new pieces of my work never shown before and will fill the entire Art Center.
Don’t miss it.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chasing Rainbows 4

You will have to scroll down to see this entire L O N G piece in it’s entirety and glorious colors.
I am loving creating these pieces with the satin stitching done with shiny rayon thread.
I start with a piece of dyed fabric I have created with shibori, ice dyeing or any other technique. The base for this particular piece was created with one of my ice dyed fabrics.
Each piece I have created is done with a different design/color idea.
Yes, they take a long time to do the stitching. I work no more than 1/2 hour at a time which means I need many days just to do the stitching to create a piece.
The assembly and finishing also are time consuming.
I have gone back to my roots to finish the edges as a double binding is the perfect edge finish for these pieces.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Sneak Peak At A New Version

This is less the 1/4 of a new piece I am working on. The base is one of my ice dyes.
I am using shiny rayon thread to do the satin stitching. I must have at least 200 HUGE cones of this thread. Some of them are so close in color. It is a variation on the pieces I’ve done before with straight satin stitching on the surface.
Using the cones takes a lot more time than using small spools as they need to be handled more carefully. I am loving the effect I am getting with the wandering lines.
I am always excited as I enjoy each more variation on a theme more than the previous one.