Friday, March 21, 2014

Funky Shoe Repairs

I was doing a little repair job on my sister's favorite shoes, and for some reason they looked so cool and funky with all the little clips on them, that they needed a portrait of their very own ...

I think she should wear them as-is, don't you?

Miss Maggie's new shoes

My dear sweet friend Maggie Winfield has been decorating shoes again, and I just had to show them to you. She is such a unique fashion plate, and always goes her own way with her unique, funny, and adorable look.

Note the mis-matched socks!
Polka-dots are Maggie's "thing"
These were done with Jamie Fingal's new fabric line ...
aren't they fabulous?

Bonus!  Maggie stitched this sweet little landscape
on the face of a thrift-store clock.

Maggie continues to inspire me every time I see her.  She just brims with light and love, and with artistic enthusiasm.  I'm happy to call her my friend.

Maggie at Quilt Festival, 2010

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Gallery Opening a Success

Last night's Opening Artist's Reception of The Art in Fiber at The Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas was a roaring success. I neglected to find out exactly how many pieces were sold on opening night, but one of my small pieces was among them ... my little "Pink is the New Gray", pictured here:

Pink is the New Gray - SOLD
Here is another little piece that I'm particularly fond of, which you can also see at the gallery.

Pair of Kiwi
The show runs through March 2, and Gerald and Debbie Tobola have once again renewed and refreshed their beautiful gallery to showcase the artwork to its best advantage. I personally think this is the best fiber art show we've had, with more artists and a wider variety of fiber art. I plan to go back in a few weeks to see what I probably missed during the excitement of the Opening.

Hands Project, by members of FiberVoices and Out of Bounds.  Each is 12" square, mounted on artist's canvas.
Gerald and Debbie are the most delightful gallery owners, and know everything you'll want to know about their Artists and art.  Maybe I'll run into you there!

** UPDATE** My "Zen Artist" hand piece (pictured above, in the lower right-hand corner) also sold during the exhibit.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Art in Fiber, 2014

I'm so happy to be included in the Art in Fiber 2014 exhibit at the Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas during the month of February, and thru March 2.

Gerald and Debbie Tobola are hosting the opening reception this coming Saturday, February 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 (a pleasant drive from Houston, San Antonio, or Austin), and the weather even promises to cooperate.  The charming little town of Round Top is fast becoming an artist's haven, helped along by the Tobolas and friends.

You might want to take the day ... come early to Round Top and wander around this delightful small town, including Henkel Square, and the quaint shops along the surrounding streets.  Fayetteville is also nearby, if you crave a bit of antique shopping.

Please join us for the opening ... there will be wine and hors d'oeuvre, beautiful fiber artwork for viewing and/or sale, and lots of fun!  I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Quotes Illustrated

I'm honored to have a fiber-art piece included in Lesley Riley's new book, Quotes Illustrated.  It is "101 works of art inspired by words", and includes artwork by Judy Coates Perez, Liz Kettle, Pam Carriker, Lisa Chin, Dayle Doroshow, Loretta Benedetto Marvel, Susie Monday, Meena Schaldenbrand, Larkin Van Horn, and of course, Lesley Riley ... plus many more.
available at

Karey Bresenhan, Founder of the fabulous International Quilt Festival and friend to all quilters and fiber artists, had this to say about the book:  "Thought-provoking. Challenging. Beautiful. Inspiring. A book that combines two of my favorite things -- quotations and art -- is a sure winner, but this one goes beyond being simply a wonderful book. It will be a timeless source of dreams, a book whose pages demand to be studied over and over to see the artistry, details, imagination, and the sumptuous color. Each page is an adventure for the mind and the eye ... and the heart."

As much as I love the individual works of art, I'm especially in love with how each image reflects the artist's interpretation of a favorite quote.  This is a book that I will return to again and again, for reference, inspiration, and sheer enjoyment.  Thank you, Lesley, for including my work in this beautiful book.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Houston Quilt Festival 2013 - part 6 - Friends & Goodies

Last but not least, a few "people pictures" from this year's Quilt Festival.

Sharon Dixon and I shared a room at the Hilton Americas.  Since her friend Jody was unable to come at the last minute, we each had a bed to ourselves!

My dear friend Sharon Dixon,
in the lobby of the Hilton Americas
Kaffe Fassett was giving a walking tour of some of his gorgeous quilts.  I couldn't even get close, so I took this picture "blind", by holding the camera way up over my head.  There must have been at least 50 or 60 people crowded around him.
Kaffe Fassett,
This is the Mysterious Unknown Scissor-Head Lady.  I chased her down and asked if I could take her picture, and she was very obliging.

Scissor-Head Lady
Now here is the only picture I thought to take on Thursday night, after our annual FiberVoices dinner at Kim Son Restaurant. My sweet friend Connie Fahrion and her friend Yvonne, came back to Sharon's and my room for a nightcap.
Yvonne & Connie
I always look forward every year to meeting with my adorable friend Maggie Winfield. This year we met in the food court, and I grabbed this picture of her with her good friend Junie B.

Maggie Winfield and Junie B.

A giant tote made for me by MaggieWinfield ...
out of an actual cat-food bag!

Me & Maggie
Do you see a sort of accidental color theme going on here?  I had already bought the little art quilt from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. I've always looked forward to shopping for one every year, and the proceeds go to Alzheimer's research. Evidently this was the last year for them.
The other items are ones that Maggie Winfield made for me!  On the left is a little fold-up tote bag that expands to a much bigger size. Then there's a sweet little bracelet she made from a jeweled dog collar. And, oh my gosh, on the right is Maggie's pin cushion with her wonderful hand-painted face.  Her creativity never fails to amaze me. Thank you, Maggie!
The Alzheimer's quilt is called "Periwinkle Pound Hound"
and was made for the AAQI by Laverne Johnson.
Well, that's the end of my photos from Quilt Festival.  Now I can't wait until next year!

Houston Quilt Festival, part 5 - "What's for Dinner"

I reserved a special, separate post for the "What's for Dinner" exhibit.  Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison created this very amusing exhibit, where the placemat-sized art quilts by various artists were placed around a long table as if awaiting the dinner guests.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

You can click on each picture to embiggen.  ;^)

This first one, I must admit, is my favorite, by Nancy B. Dickey.  Take a moment to appreciate the squid (or octopus?) creeping up around the edges of the plate, to indulge in his favorite meal ... Sushi Surprise!

What's For Dinner: Sushi Surprise
by Nancy B Dickey
What's For Dinner: Four Food Groups
by Jamie Fingal
What's For Dinner: Got Sushi?
by Lee Ann Ferring
What's For Dinner: I Do It! I'm Two!
by Carolyn Goins
What's For Dinner: Key Lime Pie for Me & My Sweetie
by Karen Ponischil
What's For Dinner: Meal, Ready To Eat (MRE), Individual
by Renelda Peldunas-Harter
What's For Dinner: Nourishment & Tradition
by Leslie Tucker Jenison
What's For Dinner: On A Picnic Bench in Maine
by Jeannie Palmer Moore
What's For Dinner: Pepperoni, Please
by Nneka K Gamble

What's For Dinner - Blue Plate Special
by Francis Holiday Alford
I was sorry that I didn't get pictures of all of them, but these were among my favorites.  Enjoy.

Houston Quilt Festival, part 4

Wandering 'Round My World
by Beth Shillig
Wandering 'Round My World, detail
War Ripples
by Ginny Eckley
by Laurie Weiner
Winter's Veil
by Patt Blair
Winter's Veil, detail
Women Helping Others
by Jennifer Day
XCaret,Orchid Blossoms II
by Andrea Brokenshire
You Are What You Eat
by Kathy York
Zen Magpies
by Helen Godden
Zen Magpies, detail
The last of the quilt pictures will be on the next post.  I hope you are enjoying the show!

Houston Quilt Festival - part 3

Self Portrait 2012
by Libby Lehman
Shattering the Blues
by Tuulikki Murremaki
by Sue Bleiweiss
Somebody Say Treat?
by Suzan Engler
Striped Rice Bowls
by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy,
quilted by Judy Irish
Sunrise Serenade
by Barbara Forrister
Texas - Depths of Field, Triptych
by Barbara Kavermann
Texas - Depths of Field, detail
The Four Elements
by Margaret Jessop
The Roswells from Planet Quiltron
by Alice Zimmerman
by Jeannie Moore
To Dream Beneath A Tree
by Sarge Furman
Still more to come ...