Monday, December 31, 2012

Fabric Choices for 2013

Fabric selections ready for 2013
Can you see a theme here?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Midwest snowfall

Woke up at 6:00 am 
to see the Dogwood tree
draped in Christmas lights
and our first lovely snow in two years.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hand made Christmas Gifts

                                              Christmas Gifts for the Family
                    Now that these gifts have been given I can 
                    share them with you.  The reclining Mermaid, 
                     made from a pattern by Barbara Schoenoff,
                    Was created for my sister and brother in law.  
                   She will recline on the bar in their family room.                                
        The tall doll is an item my daughter request several years ago.  
              She is created from Chili Pepper fabric and has found a 
             new home hanging in the wall in my daughter's kitchen.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

ANNUAL COOKIE PARTY creating with food

A special Afternoon creating 
Gingerbread Houses 
       at the Annual Cookie Party 
               and the children loved this


Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Joy of Small Groups

We are a small art group called SNO...
               Sculptors Night Out
We formed a year ago to experience work in three dimensions mainly using fibers.  Here are some photos from our Holiday event.  We shared a meal and a wonderful time creating a "junk sculpture" mobile to occupy the studio space of one of our members.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kalan and Her Mermaid

My niece Kalan and her early Christmas Gift.
Her mermaid and newest CREW MEMBER
Of the College of William and Mary Rowing Team

Complete with Paddles in her school colors

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Five Room House

There is an Indian Proverb that says that everyone  is a house with four rooms:
a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual.
Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into
every room every day, even if only to keep it aired,
we are not a complete person.
The art quilt pictured here was inspired by this proverb
with the addition of a fifth room.
As an artist, my home must have a creative room.
Since I spend so much time in my creative room
I am reminded by the words of this proverb
to keep in touch with the rest of "my house"
The rest of the world
In order to be a complete person.

Friday, October 19, 2012

CQAFA Annual Show

Welcome to one little corner of the 
Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists
Annual Show at the Cincinnati Nature Center
This little corner just happens to contain 
my most recent quilt titled
Winter Pods
and my most recent Doll
Foliage Figure/Seed Pod

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Courageous Companions

I know I've posted about these "dolls" before,
but you can never be too grateful for great friends.
After lunch at Magganio's  on Sunday 
 I asked the girls 
If I could publish our photo as well -  
so here we are

Linda, Robbie and Kelli
The Courageous Companions

The dolls were created in 2007 to celebrate
Supportive friends.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Visit to the Black Sheep Farm

Meet a friend, Kathy Cunningham, artist and owner of 
The Black Sheep Farm in Brown County, Ohio.   Pictured here at her felting machine.
Find more photos of the farm 
and some wonderful fiber art materials at

While visiting the farm today I took this photo of Prince Romeo.
His wool and the wool of many of his friends on the farm
Become the tresses that I use for the hair on my art dolls.

Wool from the farm makes wonderful doll hair!

Inspiration/Family Adventures

Now here is inspiration for doll making.
My lovely granddaughters going wild in a candy store!
I have a vision of the doll sitting on a mound of candy boxes and wrappers.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Newest Art Doll Line

Meet the new faces of my most resent art dolls.
They will make their first appearance 
At the CQAFA Cincinnati Nature Center Show
On October 19th, 2012
Their bodies (not shown here) are a new design for my dolls
Which will be revealed at the show.
 They will be called the Foliage Figures

Foliage Figure in earth tones

Foliage Figure in blues

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall in the Midwest

Fall has arrived and the Dogwood Tree is Amazing!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Maine Wild Lupine Quilt in Process

An original art quilt
Working from the photos taken while attending the Maine Lupine Festival in 2011
The background was first pieced in shades of green

Stencil designs were created with freezer paper and Shiva Paintsticks were used to color the dried sticks in the background.    The remainder of the detail is created with cut and fused fabric



Friday, September 14, 2012

Maine Lupine Flower Study

New posts are on the way - with quilted studies of Maine Lupine Flowers.
                                   Keep watching!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

2012 International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati 2012

The Cincinnati Landmarks Quilt

featured at the International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati 2012,

was created by the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists.

The project took well over a year and combined the creative efforts of 43 members of the guild.

The overall design concept of the quilt was created

by Cris and Robbie,

pictured here in Cincinnati at the Festival

with the Cincinnati Landmarks Quilt.

At the Festival I took a wonderful workshop

taught by Heather Thomas.

We explored Shiva Paintstiks thru a variety of techniques.

Pictured here is a stencil technique with blended colors.

I'm so motivated by all that I leanered

and ready to explore Shiva Stiks in a larger quilt.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Newest Doll Creations

February was a very exciting month for creating dolls

and here are just two of the finished works

Tag Art for the Key Lime Fairy

Key Lime Fairy

Wings: Layers of organza fused

and sewn with a satin stitch

Sometimes a doll turns out to be such a joy to create

Violin Fairy created for a friend

Just a Delight!