Friday, March 23, 2018

Red Magic

I did shibori dyeing over some dye dogs and got some amazing new pieces to work with.
Over twenty years ago I painted this with thickened dyes. I was surprised how the red dye really made this come to life.

This is the before. image
This was a green piece with some glue resist I believe. I was not expecting results as wonderful as I received with the red dye.
The photo below is the before picture.
One I overdyed red
This piece was given to me and it had been painted. The red really made it sing.
Four of us got together and carved our own printing blocks and then a few days later we got together and printed with them.
Since these were test pieces I didn’t use wonderful fabrics to print on. The red dye definitely brought this up enough notches that it is now something I will use in a composition.
There will be more to come in the future sharing my results as there were 20 pieces in the bucket.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

An Awesome Miniature Quilt

MiniTurquoiserustFL photo
I developed a technique for piecing miniature quilts about 35 years ago called Magnificent Miniature Patchwork.  I taught the method all over the Midwest and beyond.
My work was featured in several magazines including the Japanese magazine Patchwork Quilt Tsushin.
The quilts we created were to scale - 1 inch to 12 inches  - of a full size bed quilt. This measures 11 inches square.
This particular one is an off center log cabin and I have used silver lame in the centers of each block.
It finally got quilted this year when I started having Robin Koehler do hand quilting for me. Her work is AMAZING and she also binds most of the ones she quilts for me.
Her stitches are so perfect. I love her work best done on solid colors as they really show off the quilting.
Since she has been quilting for me I have been able to reduce the number of works in progress and I have several more ready for her to quilt.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Post Olympic Quilt

I doubt you will be able to see the quilting on this one even if you enlarge it. The thread blended in so well on the vertical lines of stitching I did I had a hard time seeing the previous row to space them.
This on is quite different that the Olympic ones as it uses much less dyed fabric. The quilt block was a sample I made for a class I taught. It is surrounded with the only piece of hand dyed fabric I used.
The black striped piece is a silk sash I bought and never used.
The background is a fabric I used in my guestroom decorating.
I guess this might be classified as recycling!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Friend Kay Is Here For A While

She came all the way from North Carolina to attend my show opening on Friday.
Spent time visiting local friends and family and is here now.
We have not run out of things to talk about and I doubt we ever will.
So great to see her and spend some time together.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sun Fun Flower


Although this Ice Tapestry quilt has been sold it is still a part of my solo show Florida Ice until the show closes.
When the show closes the new owner will take possession  of it.
If you are looking for art for your home or place of business all the work in the show is for sale.
I am not scheduled to be at the show at any special times. When I know I will be there I will post a heads up on Facebook.
I appreciate this photo taken by my friend Carol Gordhamer. It shows the details so well.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Florida Ice–Everybody Moves To Florida Eventually

I couldn’t believe how many friends from Wisconsin were at the opening of my show in Ocala, Florida on March 16th. Almost all of them live in Florida now.
Don't miss the photos of the Ice tapestries in the backgrounds.
Riesselmann Florida Ice
John and Sharon Reisselman lived a block from us in Wisconsin. Me. John’s sister Betty Falcon who I have known for years and her friend Renee Kloet from Salem, WI.
My long time friend from Paddock Lake, Jean Antes. She came with Sandy Murphy from Salem, another long time friend.

Gloria Rickard Harden and Pat Schaltz Brodsko were high school classmates of mine.

Eileen Straub Mirr and Lynn Maher are also friends from WI now living in Florida who I have known a long time.
Kay Falcus from WI, one of my sister Karen’s college friends.
I will be following up with other pictures of people who attended the show later.
I also will be sharing photos of the work occasionally...just enough so you want to see them in person!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Opening Reception For Florida Ice

What an amazing time at my opening reception.
I could not have done this without the help of some very special friends and Ocala Cultural Arts.
My friends Carol Gordhamer, (me), Beth Sherman and Robbie Porter Payne were right there for me taking photos, talking to people about my work when I was busy talking to others and any time I needed anything.
My friends Pete and Beth Sherman chaffeured me to the show, carried everything in for me and then chaffeured my home. Pete had the car washed before they picked me up!

When it was time to take my pieces in for the show it was more than I could handle myself so my neighbor Gary on the right drove me and the work up there. These are my neighbors Betty Freese, Donna Oxandale, Carol Baxter and Gary Baxter. I have wonderful neighbors.
My Florida family was there for me. Florida Daughter Lauren was able to take time out of her work day to be there. My middle son Andy was there doing anything he could to help and he also is the one who designed and made those great new business cards that I had available both at the show and before. His special girlfriend Tina was a big help all around. (Andy also attended my show in Wisconsin a year ago and was my chaffeur for that show.)
Ashley Justiniano was the Curator for the show which was sponsored by the Ocala Cultural Arts Department. She was so efficient and a delight to work with.
I feel so fortunate to be able to share my work with so many people from our area and other parts of the country. I will be following this post  with more photos soon.
The beautiful floral arrangement came from my son Jeff's office and family in Wisconsin.