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. […]

Creativity and Inspiration

Sarah grimes the Art Co-ordinator at the University of Wisconsin hospital sent me some pictures of Jan Heaton’s work and said why don’t you make something like this: I said “Easy!” and started to  paint and paint.  And guess what, Easey Peasey is not exactly  the case.  Mainly I don’t usually leave white in […]

Second big quilt for the Wingra clinic and a bunch of scarves!

Well it’s been a busy week, folks.  I finished the top for the second 5×8′ quilt for the new Wingra Clinic on Park Street.  I love some of these fiber art pieces. I call this work: Large and small, light and dark Blocks.  It’s with Cheryl Payne  at the Patchwork peddlar about to be quilted!  […]


It’s a humble thing a potholder, but sort of useful.  I made my first on on a little loom with loops and went door to door selling them for a quarter.  They sold like…hotcakes?  potholders!  Well I am still at it, now dyeing cloth or cutting up quilt tops that don’t work out, layering batting […]


  Well I have been baking cookies and cleaning the studio for a few days now. It is however pouring down rain and the art walk starts in 20 minutes.  I am also taking water  down here in a place that has only leaked one other time… as well as the usual  corner  that always […]

Abstract Blocks 2012, a new quilt

  I pieced this quilt top last month from fabric freshly dyed here in San Migurl de Allende, Mexico (the crosses in turquoise and  rust, the funky triangles which are chemical resist, another really cool dye technique.) as well as fabric I brought from my studio in Madison Wi.  I have been thinking about the […]