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.

Friday, March 16, 2018

At Last The Opening Reception Is Here For Florida Ice

It seemed so far away, but somehow the months and days passed until today at 12:30 FLORIDA ICE opens with an artists opening reception from 12:30 – 2 pm.
Am I excited to be able to share all of these pieces with all of you? You bet.
It is always an amazing surprise to see my work hung in a solo exhibit as the curators know how best to present the work I have spent several years creating.  When I walk in I will see my work with new eyes as it graces the walls of Ocala’s amazing City Hall grand entrance hall.
I hope you will be there.
Photos are allowed. You have my permission to share some online if you include my name and FLORIDA ICE. I also request that you do not share the entire show, just YOUR favorites.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


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You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening of Florida Ice a solo exhibit by Kay Sorensen on Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Avenue. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. The exhibition runs through Friday, April 27th.
The Ocala City Hall is handicapped accessible.
It is open M-F 8 am - 5 pm.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How Did I Become The Queen Of Ice?

The journey started when I was a toddler and my Mom dressed me in a teal corduroy dress for my studio photo. This was my perfect color to wear even though at the time I am sure I didn’t realize it.
Over the years color and fabric have been my passion and I have never strayed far from that path.
Although Sacred Spirits is not included in this show it shows you the breadth of what I have achieved with my technique.
I’ve taken fabric dyeing classes occasionally but my own research and development are responsible for what I have achieved.
I was christened the QUEEN OF ICE by Sita Rao who I met in a dyeing class in Ohio, even though we live relatively close to each other.
It was the ART I was able to infuse into my own proprietary method of ice dyeing that made me deserving of the honor she bestowed on me.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

4 MORE DAYS Until The Opening Reception Of "Florida Ice, My Solo Show In Ocala, Florida

Even though the show is not open yet I want to thank everyone for their overwhelming responses and help as I am on the final countdown.
Florida ice Save the Date
The show is open to the public and please consider this YOUR personal invitation.
I will be at the Artist Opening Reception and hope to see YOU.
The show runs through April 27. The City Hall is open M-F 8 am – 5 pm like all government buildings. We are fortunate their are no holidays where it will be closed within this time period.
There are no weekend or evening hours.
My lists are keeping me on track as I race to the finish for the opening.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Counting Down–My Solo Show Opens in Only 3 Days

I am so excited to be able to share my “Florida Ice” show with everyone.
Sun Fun Flower uses circular quilting, one of my signature styles. The other areas are quilted with designs appropriate for the areas.
All the work is my own proprietary method of ice dyeing.
All the work was done in my Florida residence. The finishing is done in my Wisconsin studio.
The show opens March 16th with an opening artists reception from 12:30 – 2 pm. It runs through April 27th at the Ocala City Hall. It is open M-F 8 am- 5 pm.
All work in the show is for sale. They are all original work using my proprietary methods and designs.
All are one of a kind and can not be reproduced.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Monet’s Garden - My Solo Show Opens In 5 Days

This is one of 4 pieces from my Monet’s Garden series that will be a part of my show “Florida Ice”.
These pieces can be hung individually in a smaller space or hung as a grouping in a larger space. They are the kind of work that puts everyone in a good mood when they look at them.
Each is a one of a kind piece of art that can not be reproduced because of the proprietary methods I have developed for creating my ice dyed tapestries.
There will be an artist reception March 16th from 12:30-2 pm. The show runs from March 16th to April 27th
The Ocala City Hall/Municipal building is located at 110 SE Watula Ave in Ocala, Florida. The City Hall is open M-F 8 am -5 pm.
There is no admission charge and there is a large free parking lot.
All work is for sale.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Who Loves Red?

All of these fabrics were Dye Dogs before they all met in the same pot of red dye.
On a future post I’ll share some close-ups of some of them. I am in love.

For now this is a teaser showing parts of a lot of them.
I’m very tempted to just put them all together as if I were putting a jig saw puzzle together as they look so great together.
It’s really hard to pick ONE favorite from this batch.
There are even a few more that are trying to play with each other on the design wall at this time.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Florida Ice Opens At Ocala City Hall One Week From Today

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This is one of my Ice Tapestries that will be featured in my solo show. All work in the show is for sale and they are all one of a kind and can not be reproduced.

One of these works of art can set the tone for a room or finish a room where something is needed to complete it. The colorations in my work are selected so they are at home in any style or color scheme.

Of course they are great over a sofa, in a dining room, in a family or great room, stair well or any other place that can be completed with a piece of gorgeous art.

You also will find they are welcoming in a business reception area as well as a board room or private office space.

I hope I have given you some ideas so when you see the work you can find an appropriate piece for your surroundings.

The artists reception is from 12:30 to 2 pm March 16th and closes April 27th.  The City Hall (Municipal Building) is at 110 SE Watula Avenue in Ocala. If you are travelling in Florida Ocala is on the way to everywhere and City Hall is just a short distance off of Hwy I 75.

I am so excited to be showing my work in this awesome space that showcases it as the art it is.
I hope you are able to see the show and find some art that calls your name and that will enrich your life.

The title “Queen Of Ice” has been bestowed on me for my own personal signature style.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

All My Olympic Quilts

Olympic quilt 1 finished
This is Olympic Quilt 1. It is a Gold Medal quilt. It set the bar high for what was to follow. Figuring out how to quilt this one was a challenge and I started, did what I knew I needed to do to start it, stepped back and took my time until it told me what to do next. I loved the dialogue the quilt spoke with me.
Olymic Quilt 2 done
Olympic Quilt 2 also is a Gold Medal Quilt. The spiral quilting plays well with the linear lines of the quilt itself.
Olympic quilt pillow 3 before stuffing
I was not so sure that Olympic Quilt 3 would make Gold.
pillow quilt 2 2018
When it was turned into a perfectly stuffed pillow it too became a Gold Medalist.
Olympic quilt pillow 4 flat
Olympic Quilt 4 was also trying to be a contender for Gold.
Olymic quilt 5
It also made the Gold status when it too became a pillow. The quilting was done horizontally to contrast with the leno weave of the silk fabric.
silk hanky qilted 2
Olympic Quilt 5 came out of the reject pile and was quilted in a grid to make the save.
The “pillow save” also created another Gold Medalist.
olympic 3 pillows cropped 180 nothing else
Three gold medalists which work together, or as I like to call them 3 ART pillows.
My friend Debbie wanted to see all of the Gold Medal quilts and try to find the commonality between them. There definitely is a commonality, but it is not obvious unless you have been following my work for a long time.
Let me know what you see as the commonality.
(I also did Olympic dyeing and Olympic scarves)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ladies Who Lunch After A Long Absence

Gina Skillings and I met in a fiber arts class about 7 years ago taught my Linda Dawson. It was a wonderful class and we kept in touch until about 2 years ago when all of a sudden she didn’t post on her blog and her Etsy store was closed. I kept checking and about 2 weeks ago I found she had posted again on her blog.
Imagine my surprise when I found out she had moved very close to where I live. So today we got together to catch up and have lunch. We had lunch at our clubhouse and sat in "my" booth. Even without any reservations they always save it for me! and everyone there knows which one it is when I ask if "my" booth is empty!
What a special day getting to see her again. Of course we still have a lot of catching up to do and hope we’ll see each other again soon.
She is an artist who works with both clay and fiber and I have purchased several things from her and I love them.

She brought me the greatest little notebook she made to keep in my purse that closes with one of her hand made buttons and also one of her little hanging ornamental pieces similar to ones I had also bought from her previously.
I am hoping her Etsy shop will be up and running again soon. Her work is so special, heartfelt and so unique.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Once Upon A Time There Were 3 Little Palm Trees

These trees were planted by the developer when our house was built in 2014. They were barely as tall as the house.
Things grow very fast in Florida. At this point special equipment had to be brought in to trim them a few times a year.
fl house with tall palms
The trees were towering over the house and no longer an asset. Queen palms are not native to this part of the state and have a short lifespan. They were in danger of coming down in a storm or even a light wind.
Last week we said goodbye to all three of them.
All that remains are 3 stumps and the landscaper will be back soon with a stump grinder to get rid of them. We are one of the last in the neighborhood to still have them and the one on the right might have been the tallest in the whole area.
Everything else has filled in in these last 14 years and the yard looks beautiful.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

How I Came To The Point Of Creating My Ice Dyes-Rerun 2018

These are 3 of my experiments on the journey to create the BEST. I consider the above so-so but it takes a lot of these to achieve the best.
Thanks you to everyone for all your comments about my most recent piece which I consider the BEST of the best Florida Ice.
This never could have happened without a lifetime of learning involving fabrics and color.
Many have asked how I do this and it is not something I can share.
For one thing, the results are serendipitous.
And the other thing is unless you have lived the same life I have for 78 years you will never achieve these results.
I am no longer teaching, but am pursuing my own art.
To attempt to share this would not be fair to myself, nor to people who would try it and not get the results I do.
When I was doing one on one teaching for a fee I had a student ask if she could come and learn everything I knew about color from me in a one day session as she would have to travel a distance to get to my studio. It would not have been possible as she had not lived my life. I could have taught her about color theory but even if I did that until she did exercises,etc she still would not have learned what I attempted to teach her.
I can only suggest you take as many color and design classes as possible from the very best instructors and do the work from the classes.
Don’t concentrate only on working with dyes, but with paints, fabrics. yarns, food and papers.
Then play with your chosen materials until you get results that please you.
Devote every waking moment to your art as only then will you achieve your potential. You can multitask and think about your art being influenced as you live your daily life and think about what you want to do and how you will start.
You are all welcome to follow me on my BLOG and sign up to the email list on the page which will notify you each time I post to the blog.  In addition to my art I share parts of my life on my blog. There are times when a week or more may go by with no posts as I have nothing to post. The blog address is:
And in closing I am going to share some not so successful things I’ve dyed recently so you don’t thing I get a winner ever time.

The above are some less than lovelies but it takes creating a lot of these to find my direction to make the BEST!
Even the less than lovelies are useful for backs of quilts or they can be cut up and used in piecing. So all is not lost no matter what happens in my work.

And now 3 years after I originally wrote this post, some of these less than lovelies have been made into very successful pieces with some overdyeing or quilting!
I wish you success on your art journey wherever it takes you.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Olympic Quilt 2 Is Finished

I am thrilled with the results of this piece. From the choice of fabrics to begin, to the use of an “ugly” to complete the border, to the quilting and to the close to perfect facings and casings on the back it has been an exciting journey thanks to the energy I get from watching the Winter Olympics.
I hope you can see how the spiral quilting plays so well with the linear design of the piecing.
I don’t preplan my work and each step is a new discovery as I listen to what the quilt is trying to tell me and experiment with new ideas.
I scored another GOLD Medal!

Friday, March 2, 2018

I Am A Cover Girl!

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Not only am I the Cover Girl, but I am the feature story in this magazine!
This is the first time I have ever been a Cover girl and I am so excited.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


I hope you will be able to make it to the reception for my show.
If you can’t make the opening the show is open M-F 8 am-5 pm through April 27th.
All work in the show is for sale.
This is the first time you will have an opportunity to see and acquire a piece of my work in Florida only during the duration of this show. Each piece is one of a kind.
Imagine a gorgeous show piece for you home or office or place of business.