Saturday, March 21, 2009


I need advice for this 11" x 11" piece of quilting to be attached to a quilted background. My problem: I attached the photo transfer image of my Grandmother to a lace handkerchief and a piece of wool felt. When I did the Kantha stitch on the surrounding hankie, the wool felt puckered and made the image buckle. If it weren't for the bead border, I would just make a new image that would fit the space. I don't want to do that, so if anyone has any suggestions for how to remedy this problem, I would be eternally grateful.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bought on eBay

Here are three of six items I bought on eBay to use on my Grandmother Art Quilts. The Lot of Madeira embroidered napkins I had to fight for with another bidder. I won during the last 15 seconds of the auction!

Two Postcards for Grandmother Art Quilts

These postcards originated in Valparaiso, Chile. The first is a Happy New Year's card. The back shows the card was sent to my grandfather, Alexander Burt.

This second card I thought interesting. The title is Floret Chilean, which I take to mean Chilean Flowers.

I guess I forgot to mention that my mother and grandmother were born in Valparaiso, Chile. After Alexander Burt abandoned her during WWI, my grandmother came to California bringing six-year-old, Alexandrina with her.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Grandmother Art Quilts

After my visit to Columbia, South Carolina, and seeing the fiber art of Ellen Kochansky and Susan Lenz, I wanted to do some art quilts about my grandmother. I went to our local thrift shop and found one doily and four lacey handkerchiefs. At this point I'm still thinking. Will post more when I have some ideas or start to work on the quilts.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

How I Plan to Use my Silk Yarn

I took three different silk yarn colorways and used the Embellisher to "felt" them to a piece of 100% wool felt. The fuzzy part on the left was achieved by felting on the back side which pushes the felt fibers to the top. I hope to use this method for embellishing a series of small art quilts honoring my grandmother.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Goodies to Play with on my Embellisher

I came home from South Carolina so excited about creating more fiber art, I spent more money than I should have on this wonderful 100% silk yarn at 50% off! I plan to pull off the thread that is wound around the silk fibers and use it for felting. I'll post an example when I make a piece. Shamefully, I ordered eight skeins in all. I have in mind an art quilt based on artifacts, postcards, and letters belonging to my grandmother. Doesn't this silk yarn look scrumptious?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Visit to Cyber Fyber in Columbia, South Carolina

I returned last night from two days in Columbia, South Carolina, visiting the Cyber Fyber exhibit and enjoying the gracious hospitality of Susan Lenz, Fiber Artist and coordinator of the Cyber Fyber Exhibit, and her husband, Steve Dingman. My visit was beyond expectations. I truly enjoyed every single moment I was in Columbia: meeting Susan, meeting other fiber artists, dining on the Southern cuisine, staying in an historic downtown hotel, the friendliness of everyone I encountered. Awesome!!!

One little anecdote: I was returning from having dinner at the Blue Marlin, heading for the Gervais Street entrance to the hotel, walking with my cane, all bundled up for the freezing weather, when a black man in his 40's (also bundled up from the cold) riding his bike up the sidewalk, said to me with a smile as he passed, "You almost there, Mama."

I will tell more about my visit further on in this blog, but I believe in serendipity. The day I left Columbia was January 20, the day of the Inauguration. The moment President Obama was sworn in I was sitting in an "English Pub" at Washington, D.C.'s Dulles airport, dining on Fish and Chips and a cup of English Breakfast tea.


Susan and I pose in front of some of the postcards. (I never can smile for the camera!)

Susan is soooo enthusiastic about explaining the exhibit to show visitors.

Working on one of her Decision Series art quilts.

Ellen Kochansky and Susan check Cyber Fyber email. (The weird abstract wall of postcards was adjusted in Photoshop to cut down on the contrast.)

Susan allowed me to photograph her studio. These are a few of the photos I took of her work.

The Blues Series

The Doors Series

Quilt-in-progress: "Crazy Blues." The person portrayed in the quilt is Mamie Smith, the first African American to record a blues song (1920) titled "Crazy Blues."

Two of the Embroidered "Architecture" Series (I may have the title of the series wrong.)

Susan's stash for making art on the Embellisher.


To see the Invitational Art go here:

To see the Postcards go here:

To see the ATCs go here:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Catch Up Time

I haven't been posting for awhile because on December 3, 2008, I had a complete knee replacement. It's now January 7, and I'm am glad to say my rehabilitation has been most successful. I can walk without a cane (except outdoors where there are more hazards for falling) and can go up and down stairs. I've yet to try driving my car so my daughter has been a wonderful help in buying me groceries. On January 3, I had my 80th birthday. I took my daughter, granddaughter, grandson, and great granddaughter to lunch for a celebration. The event turned out to be more tiring than I had expected. We should have stayed in Sonoma instead of driving all the way to Corte Madera (about 50 miles roundtrip).

I may fly to Columbia, South Carolina, to see the Cyber Fyber exhibition coordinated by Susan Lenz. I am most excited about seeing all the wonderful fiber art on display. I may also meet up with Susan Sorrell (who lives in Greenville, SC) for a chat and a cuppa tea. I won't see my surgeon until January 16 (I plan to fly the next day) and hope he will okay my trip. The only difficult part would be having to sit so long on each leg of the trip (a stop in Dallas) so I'm going to try to get an aisle seat on the port side so I can straighten out my leg when necessary. If I go, I'll take lots of photos to post on my blog.