Nov. 2017

After painting two initial blocks, I went ahead and cut out the rest of the blocks for the quilt. I arranged them as they will be in the finished piece and added some black border material just to get an idea of how it would look. I want to get another black fabric for the … More Nov. 2017

10/26/17

I decided to map out the quilt on the grid paper and see how the colors would work together, based on the colors in the one block that I have completed. The color squares aren’t the exact colors I will end up using, but sort of close. I had the idea for black borders within … More 10/26/17

10/16/17

I want to add headlines or quotes between the blocks to say something about women and their lives. I experimented here with gluing newspaper print to fabric, as newsprint is a soft fabric. After the glue dried, I made a tiny quilt sandwich and tested the paper and glue on the sewing machine. I didn’t … More 10/16/17

10/4/17

    I’ve begun the first block of the quilt. Young mother. I’m hand painting all of the backgrounds. So I’m laying the fabric squares over plastic bag and foam core and pinning it down to the foam core. I discovered that this can all be propped and leaned against my nifty little Van Gogh … More 10/4/17

9/27/17

      Here is a fabric swatch with the artist tissue blobs painted. The blobs were made and attached to the fabric with matte medium. I experimented with trying to get a more 3-dimensional feel with these tissue blobs but I’m not loving it. I do like working with paper in my quilts and … More 9/27/17

9/17/17

Hurricane Irma has passed and with the return of air conditioning and refrigeration comes the return to normalcy. Well, relatively speaking. This is the first time since Irma that I’ve been able to work in the studio. It was shuttered up and very dark till yesterday. I left off working on painted fabric test pieces. Started … More 9/17/17

9/8/17

I started thinking about the various seasons in my own life. How they are similar to other women and what other women have gone through and are going through. And I began to see in my mind women at various stages in their lives; young adult, marriage, motherhood,…or not. Women caught between the generations of … More 9/8/17

9/6/17

I started working with colors and techniques. Thinking that I would like to use colors but maybe darker hues of color. I don’t want the quilt as a whole to look too garishly colorful. Does that make sense? I want the mood to be more serious maybe. In the top block, I used Jacquard water … More 9/6/17

8/31/17

Being a South Floridian, annual “seasons” don’t really mean very much to me. We have 2 seasons here… summer and winter. I think of time and the year in a circle (I think most women do), but don’t give much thought to seasonal change. So when this idea came to me at 4 am this … More 8/31/17

8/28/17

I’ve started with a sort of visualization of the quilt’s dimensions. It helps me to draw the size and shape out. To get a visual “feel” for it. This exhibit has definite size restrictions. 30-32″ wide and 70-74″ long. That makes for some long narrow quilts. I’m guessing that the curators want to try to … More 8/28/17