ON THE WAY TO THE GRAVEYARD

Mexico never passes up a chance to make a buck. On the road heading into the graveyard there were vendors of all sorts. These sweethearts selling fake flowers and my sweet vender gal from the Tiangis, the Tuesday market was there with her flowers: Always a chance to feed people if there is a crowd, […]

Building an Offrenda (Altar) for Day of the Dead

I had a few losses this year and last. My friend Vardo left the body in Maui a few months back. and Dennis Leon last May, and the father of my tenant Christian Hackenberger was killed in a motorcycle accident in Florida last month.   I came to San Miguel de Allende especially at this time […]

SMALL CONSTRUCTIONS FROM THE RAG BAG

Continuing on with the making of small constructions and preparing them for framing I quilted 3 this morning.  The first with  bits from Svaha Woodward’s curtains as predominant elements. I have been using a lot of pinky coral lately it seems.  The next construct came right out of  the building the first set of curtains […]

FINISHING A COMMISSION

It’s so interesting doing commission work. How do you make the client happy while staying true to yourself and making yourself happy?  It’s a big job.  This quilt began with a call from my friend Renee Knight to make a quilt for her son Xai.  They came to the studio and looked at everything (I […]

MINING THE UFO BOX

At times when I am stuck or blocked or just uncertain about where to go next with my art, I return to the UFO (unfinished objects) box and go through it and fold and refold all the thought forms that I have started and discarded. Sometimes it brings about inspiration.  Yesterday I decided to make […]

BEGINNING A NEW SERIES (AGAIN AND AGAIN)

I finally got the last commissioned quilt off to the quilter and am waiting for my silk velvet to arrive and decided (art making is decision making) to go through my basket of little stuff and clean it up: refold, reassign, reorder.  Then I decided to make a few small quilts for framing for my […]

WORKING IN A SERIES

I received a commission from Integrated Art LLC to make a series based on this small 15×19″ wall piece. Of course I had no more of the fab polka dot fabric although I did spend an hour looking for it. so I made this series. The first a gallant attempt to copy the original. Not […]

Black is not always black!

Yesterday I decided to dye 2 different blacks from Dharma Trading Company in 5 color gradations using Katy Widger‘s formulas.  I have here in San Miguel Jet black and plain old fashioned “black”.  I used 2 tsp in 100ml of urea water with salt and did a full strength 400ml  on 1 yard of manta […]

dyeing the color wheel

I am back at the dye pot today, using Katy Widger‘s terrific book Dyeing the color wheel for quilters.  I used Turquoise for the blue and my colors were not quite spot on but still it looks pretty sweet. and useful on Mexican muslin called Manta.

A Day In San Miguel

Last tuesday I was drinking coffee when I heard a funny sound.  What is that??? and I got it… Hot air balloons! I grabbed my iphone and ran up to the terrace.   OMG it was right over my house!  I looked right to see a second one coming up! so I ran to the […]