Friday, March 20, 2015

Descansos - Others that came from that series

As I had mentioned some time ago, the Descansos series was compelling for me. The simple beauty of claiming a space as important and marking it for memory is an act of simple faith, a recognition that our lives matter, at least to some, and an invitation to reflect. My MIL passed away over the holidays. While my relationship with her was not always easy, she did value my fiber art. So, as I reflect back, here are two pieces that were also part of that Descansos series.


Detail from Descansos - hand beaded, mixed content fabric, quilted

Detail from Descansos - hand beaded, pieced, appliqued, quilted

Lilies for Descansos

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Back for a While (or Not)

Outta Time Tote - for Oslin to hold his watercolor art
 After a long hiatus, a life that got too full, and some time to reflect, I am back at the sewing machine. I don't know that I am ready fully for the big creative pieces: commissions for various people and organizations, but I have been able to enjoy using up a number of fabric scraps. Mostly been doing purses. So, here are three recently completed. The Mt. Fuji is on the front and back of the tote, the pockets have a mottled green, and the inside of the bag is sort of a twig fabric. I made the bag from the pattern by Dog Under My Desk, modified so that it is reversible.
Showing the inside of the front pocket

Inside of Bag and Inside Pocket

Back - Outta Time Tote
 This is the same bag pattern (Outta Time Tote) and is reversible as well, but this one is meant as a teacher gift. His teacher is into mustaches
Outta Time Tote

Inside of the Bag - Pencil fabric and orange batik pockets

And, then, last but not least, a dear friend, in her desire to purge, gave me a number of pieces of fabric. This one has some sentimental value to her and I hope to surprise her with this purse tomorrow. When life is a gift and I have been gifted, somehow it seems right to keep on going. The pattern for the bag is the Zip and Go from Dog Under My Desk. 
Zip and Go Bag - using Kona Japanese cotton

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Descansos - overall image and series

So, it should not come as a surprise that one piece can turn into a sort of series. With Descansos, I had enough leftover materials and still enough interest in the design pieces to do a few more works that are related.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Over the past 2 years at least, I have been working on a large wall size piece that began with an interesting approach to make circles and background strips and cut and resew. The technique was in the American Quilter (from AQS). My pieces ended up looking like crosses and the colors were very southwestern. Two details from the piece are shown. But, as I was trying to figure out a name for the piece, I ended up on a journey of research on Descansos. Those are the crosses that are along the roadside marking the place were someone died. The origin of descansos is in the southwest and marks resting places between the church and the graveyard. Since the person who has already expressed intent to buy this fiber art piece plans to use it in her meditation space, the thought that these crosses on the quilt are resting places for focus and reflection and meditation seemed appropriate. For some really nice written text and black and white images of descansos, see

Monday, November 23, 2009

Other fall pieces

Leaves can be fascinating at this time of year. So, it is nice to visit the pieces that celebrate this season. Two of them are in the 12 inch square category. All of them have dimensionality in the work (leaves created as own units and attached to the base quilt in a variety of ways). One was an exploration again of long and narrow (where the proportion of length to width or vise versa is more than 5:1)).

Cobbler's Child

There is a story about the cobbler's child that says that the cobbler never had time to make shoes for the children. Well, I am back to my fiber and, now that I also have a son, have no intention of making him go without. This past week I was making him a "tent", long overdue, from a panel piece of fabric and old sheets. Next up for him will be a quillow.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Work in progress

With the Brookside Garden exhibit coming up, I am working on some new pieces. It has been fun to include the choices of others - including that the leaf in here was one my 4 (near 5) year old son liked and gave me.