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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Making an art quilt a different way!

We finished half of the center of the 2nd quilt Gordon commissioned me to support him making.  I never work from pattern or try to get a specific color.  this has been a big learning curve  for me… but we are moving along. and here is Gordon Kyle holding up his painting/cutout in front of […]

Making art in Mexico

My friend Gordon Kyle hired me to make 2 quilts for his daughters of his designs. He made both of these with coloraid paper while hanging out on his sailboat.  This one we have been calling fog.  We dyed cloth for a week to get all the shades. Today I put the  top together… we […]

Working in series

I received a commission from the UW Hospital (where I am the most represented artist) to make  2 series of 4 quilts 20×30″  I made the first series before leaving Madison called dots and blocks and I am now working on the second series called Simple Arches.  yesterday I finished the first of the series. […]

The Night Before 3 Kings Day in San Miguel de Allende

Christmas is celebrated for a long time here in Mexico.  The final day is when the 3 kings come on January 6.  This afternoon I found a couple of young kings with piercings, very kinky! The day before and way way into the night  there is a huge market where clothes and toys and king […]

Juvie quilts for the wingra clinic, sewing and painting in Madison, Wisconsin

here are 2 of the 3  quilts I am doing for the kids secion of the new Wingra clinic: this sun face is in the standard repertoire, Terri the clinic manager picked the  black border print and the loden green outer edge exactly matches the color swatch of the upholstery! It is always odd for […]

Scenes from My Holiday Show December 1-2, 2012

My holiday show last weekend was a big success.  Anette Hansen took some pictures I would like to share with you!   Silk and rayon velvet is  the most seductive fiber!  It’s fun to paint and hard to sew.  Here are the new smaller sizes I developed for this years show:   For the last […]