Monday, April 30, 2018

Stage 2 Redecorating The Master, The Rest Of The Story

This is the opposite wall from the one you saw yesterday.

You might be interested in the bedspread and window treatment..
I finally found a large enough bedspread in a color I liked.
BUT….I wanted matching draperies.
What to do? I bought a twin size bedspread that was exactly the same other than size.
I cut off some length, cut it in half and hemmed the edges. Since I only needed side curtains it worked perfectly. It could also work for large windows with larger bedspread sizes.

I also purchased new sheets, blanket and mattress pad for a total new bed dressing. The sheets are lavender and the blanket in deep teal.

You also can see some other objects in this photo. The stain glass window is something I purchased many many years ago and have used in various locations.

The painting over the bed is a layered painting I did. I believe I did 5 layers. It is a very spontaneous piece. I never knew what the brush was going to create until I put the loaded paint brush on the canvas. I also had no idea where I might use it!

I hope this gives you some ideas for your spaces.

A before picture when it was decorated for Christmas.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Stage 1–Redecorating Master

When I do a decorating project I start with what is already there and then I remove and add things.
The first part of this was to add a new bedspread and drapes. I needed something to pull together the color of the new bedspread and drapes, the green chair and …….
this watercolor painting.
The Ice Tapestry "Iris Spring" was the perfect choice.
I am very pleased with the  results so far..
I love it so much that I didn’t want to go to sleep, just stay up and look at it!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

FLORIDA ICE Is Ocala history

Julie and Greg got to see my show at City Hall today. It is a long way from Minnesota and we are having perfect weather for their short visit.
After we took pictures we took the show down, packed it up and brought it home.
It was special for me to be able to have a show of my work in Florida, my second home.
That meant I have had two major solo shows in a little over a year.
Thanks everyone for visiting the show, commenting and acquiring some of my work.

Friday, April 27, 2018

What Is On Today’s Agenda?

Good vibrations and A whole blue world

My son Greg and DIL Julie arrived last night so they could see my show before it ends.
We will arrive before the show will be taken down at 1 pm and see the show and take some pictures and possible a few short videos.

Then with the Cultural Arts Coordinator we will take the show down, pack it up and bring it home.

The show opened on March 16th. It’s hard to believe it is over. The time went way too fast.

I hope if you live close to Ocala or were travelling through you saw the show.
Or maybe you can get there today between 8 am and noon to see it before it comes down since the City Hall opens at 8 am.

This is the only solo showing of my work in Florida and it has been very well received.
It was a pleasure to work with the Cultural Arts Department and I was extremely pleased the way they showed the work as ART.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


The show is having a great run and the comments and reviews have been nothing but positive.

If you are within 100 miles I hope you’ll be able to get to see it today as after today it will be a part of Ocala’s history.


I want to thank the Ocala Cultural Arts Curators for choosing the quilts for the show and doing such a great job featuring them as ART in this beautiful setting.
The hanging of the work enhances what I have created.

Your last chance to see the show is today from 8 am – 5 pm at the Ocala City Hall 110 SE Watula Ave (corner of Ft. King) .

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tomorrow Tomorrow, It Ends Tomorrow…FLORIDA ICE

If you haven’t visited my solo show at the Ocala City Hall tomorrow is your LAST chance to see it.
florida Ice poster 2
Each and every piece in the show is ice dyed by me.
I use a different fabric manipulation on each one. My goal is to create ART, not copy something I’ve already done.
Everything starts with white fabric and it is dyed in my Florida studio. The finishing of each tapestry is done in my Wisconsin studio.
This is the first and ONLY show of my work scheduled in Florida.
I hope you can steal a little time from your day to see the show if you haven’t already, or if you have and would like to see it again please visit.
Ocala City Hall 110 SE Watula Ave (corner of Ft. King)  8 am – 5 pm

Last Two Days To See FLORIDA ICE

                 TODAY AND TOMORROW
Yes, these are the last two days to see my solo show.
florida ice 3 green blue tapestries
Some of you may be tired of seeing my posts about the work in the show, but I hope you are not.
It is also a way for those people who live too far away to see it in person to get a glimpse of the show.
For those of you who have visited the show it’s a way to rekindle the memories of what you saw.
It is at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave (corner of Ft King). Open today and tomorrow 8 am – 5 pm and then its Ocala history.
Don’t miss it if there is any possible was to get there. The reviews and comments have been nothing but great.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

3, 2, 1 And Florida Ice Will Be History

No matter how much I post about the Show online you really have to see it in the amazing venue where the emphasis is on showing ART to really appreciate the work,
Each piece in the show started as white fabric and was ice dyed to achieve these glorious results.
I do realize distance prevents many of you from attending. I am doing my best to share some of the work.

                                    JEWEL BOX
This has a unique coloration and lots of unintentional hidden things for you to see. I hope you enjoy it.
Yes, you only have today, tomorrow and Thursday and then FLORIDA ICE will be Ocala history. It has been an honor to have been selected to show my work here as ART.
Ocala City Hall 110 SE Watula Ave (Corner of Ft King)   M-F 8 am – 5 pm

Monday, April 23, 2018

Don’t Miss Out To Find Hex A Gones Are Gone-3 Days After Today

Florida Ice Hes a Gones
This one is a favorite with a lot of people. It is a different manipulation than the other show pieces.
I love the way the colors flowed.
My solo show is at the Ocala City Hall 110 SE Watula Ave (corner of Ft King) and is open M-F 8 am – 5 pm . The last day is this Thursday, April 25th.
If you haven’t seen the show or if you want to see it again I hope you will make the time to do it.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Celebrating Earth Day

globe 2 of my ice qilts

Celebrating Earth Day by covering our precious world with my quilts!

Florida Ice, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, That’s All The Time You Have Left To See It……….

Florida ice Gloria and Pat
This was taken at the opening of Florida Ice.
These are two of my high school classmates from Wisconsin living in Florida.

Gloria Harden is on the left and Pat Brodsko is on the right. Pat also attended the opening of my solo show in Wisconsin in January 2017.
Someone else who was at the opening also attended the WI show opening.
Do you know who?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Is It A Quilt Or A Pillow?

While I was making Olympic quilts I started one that I thought would be a great small wall quilt.
When I put  it on the design wall I realized there was not enough happening to make it an interesting quilt.
That is when I decided it would make a great pillow. I quilted it and stuffed it very full so it stands up on the couch.
Fast forward and I have recently finished quilt pillow number 5. They are all quilted and each different. I call them ART pillows as each was carefully composed and quilted and finished as an expensive custom pillow is.
This is the front of Art pillow 5 before it was made into a pillow.
Here it is after it became a pillow.
These two pillows coordinate well.

Friday, April 20, 2018

1,2,3,4,5 Counting Today That is How Many Days Are Left To See FLORIDA ICE- Don’t Miss It

                                                 IRIS SPRING
You can’t help but think about spring when you see this piece. The soft colors of spring and the various colors you find on the many different iris flowers.
The last day to see the show is April 26th.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Do YOU Know How Many More Days You Have To See Florida Ice?

You only have 6 more days to see this piece as it will be going to a collector once the show closes.
You also only have 6 more days to see all the ART as the last day it is open is April 26th.
If you are interested in purchasing a piece from the show contact me ASAP so you can get it before the work is shipped away.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

7 MORE DAYS To See Florida Ice

Sacred Spirits 43wx89h
Sacred Spirits is another one of my best Ice Tapestries.
Unfortunately if wasn’t in the show as there was a limited amount of space to display my work and this was just too big.
It is a very large – 43 inches wide by 89 inches long.
I included it here so you can see it.
It is quite different than the rest of my work.
I feel the Ocala Cultural Arts curators did a fantastic job selecting work for the show and hanging the show to highlight each work of art.
I hope if you haven’t had time to see the show I hope you have plans to see it before it closes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Countdown Is Continuing–8 Days Includes Today

Can you imagine how fantastic this would look in your surroundings? I design ART that will be at home anywhere no matter what you decorating style or colors are. You will see something new each time you look at it.
This one is a real show stopper yet peaceful and easy to live with.
My solo show at the Ocala City Hall runs through April 26th.     110 SE Watula Avenue  Open M-F 8 am – 5 pm
I hope you won’t miss it and then ask yourself why you didn’t get there.

Monday, April 16, 2018

My Talented Friends

I already shared the work Beth Sherman and Robbie Porter Payne did with my Dye Dogs.
In addition to sharing those we each shared what we had been working on.
Beth has done a lot of research and work recently with bleeding tissue paper. She used it on fabric and other surfaces. Some of these pieces were ones she did previously and now layered the color on from the bleeding tissue.  I was very impressed with all the different ways she used it.
robbies nature quilt1
This is a quilt Robbie made a while ago. I believe it was for a nature challenge. I was impressed how tasteful if was with so many different stitches and embellishments. It worked because it had a limited color scheme, yet many values of each color.
It’s great to have such wonderful girlfriends who enjoy the same things I do and continue to add to their repertoire.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Florida Ice (Dyed) Show–Open Today and 8 More Days

Don’t miss your only chance to see the show of my Ice Tapestries and Quilts in Florida.

                                            A WHOLE BLUE WORLD
People have commented they see different images in my work. This is totally serendipitous as I really don’t know what the finished piece will look like until it is done. Each piece I do is manipulated differently than anything else I have done.
Do YOU see anything hiding in this one?

The show is at the Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave,through April 26th and then it will be closed forever so don’t miss it. Hours are M-F 8 am - 5 pm.

Florida Ice-Tomorrow, Tomorrow, It’s Open Tomorrow, You Only Have 9 (NINE) More Days To See It

If you haven’t seen my solo show you need to make plans to do it VERY soon.
Florida ice 4 monet quilts
These are from my Monet’s Garden series. They work either as a group or as a single piece of ART.
Guaranteed to make you happy!
The show is at the Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave, Ocala, FL. (Ft King St is along the side of the City Hall).
OPEN M-F 8 am – 5 pm

All work is for sale. This is my first time showing my work and offering it for sale in Florida.
To make a purchase contact me at :

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Dye Dogs-No Rules- Hitting Them Out Of The Park

I have two special BFFs who love to work with fabrics and all that that entails as much as I do.
About a month ago after a chance remark by one of them I gave each one of them half of a Dye Dog.
Robbie took this picture of hers before she did anything to it. She said the colors weren’t true but you can see the pattern in it. Beth’s had a similar pattern but more subtle. I cut them both from one piece of fabric.
What a fantastic composition Beth did using her Dye Dog as the background. It is so lovely and tasteful.
This is a close-up of Beth’s piece. It you look closely you can see the rosy colored areas that were part of the manipulating when I dyed it.
This is Robbie’s Dye Dog. She loves handwork and comes up with so many unique ways to use it. The addition of the yellow really took this to a new level. If you look closely you also can see the original marks from how I manipulated this fabric.
It’s fun to see two totally different compositions which started with such similar pieces from one of my Dye Dogs. It is obvious they both put a lot of thought, design skills and construction details in their pieces.
I feel like a proud mother since they used my original Dye Dog fabric.

Friday, April 13, 2018

10 Days And Counting- Including Today - Florida Ice

Circles 1,2 and 3 are more subtle than the other work in the show.

They are a juxtaposition of 3 similar ice dyed fabrics which gives them a strong relationship and difference that is just as strong.

They could be at home in any room. Very peaceful for a space where one wants to relax.
Hang them horizontally or vertically or separately.
Sold separately. Only $400 each.

Looking for tasteful ART? These fit the bill as do all the other work in the show.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Florida Ice–11 Days And Counting Down

Including today you only have 11 more days to see Florida Ice.
Florida Ice the queen and her court
Seems like it was just yesterday when my solo show opened and these friends were there to help me out.
It was a lovely opening reception and the show is beautiful.
It you want to see something to lift your spirits do not miss the show.

It is at the Ocala City Hall 110 SE Watula Ave, Ocala Florida. Open M-F 8 am – 5 pm.
All work is for sale and the contact information is on each piece as well as business cards which are available by the guest book. I hope you’ll sign the guest book so I know you were there.
Thank you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Florida Ice Show-Rosey Future-12 More Days To See The Show.

Do you ever wonder how I come up with names for my work?
When I was young my godmother wore a color of nail polish called Rosey Future. It was a gorgeous color and she was a very beautiful lovely lady. This just made me think of her.
The show is open through April 26th.  This means you only have 12 more days to see my solo show at the Ocala City Hall. 110 SE Watula Ave
It is open M-F 8 am – 5 pm.

Remember, if you are visiting Florida (or even live here) Ocala is on the way to everywhere. City Hall is just a few miles off I-75.
This is my first solo show in Florida and I am so pleased with the response and attendance.
All the work in the show is for sale. To purchase a piece contact me at:

This is your chance to add beauty to your surroundings.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I Enjoy Creating And Using Shibori Fabrics

redshiboritwistedand wraped around pole
This was a long skinny piece of white fabric I wrapped around one of my poles. I like the unique pattern it created.
This was from the red dye bucket. I don’t know what it was before I did the red shibori dye on it.
shiboriredoverblueopposingedit on phone
This was shibori dyed with blue dye and then again in an opposing directions with red although it had been dyed previously in some manner.
This is the fabric I used for the binding on the block printed quilt I showed yesterday.
This one is also red over plain white fabric with no specific pattern.
Although I dyed well over 60 fabrics with these 4 recent dye buckets I have used so many of them in my recent work. The fabrics themselves inspire me and get my creative juices going to create interesting works of art.
Using highly pattern fabrics requires a lot more thinking to figure out how to use them.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Newest Quilt–My Hand Carved Block Prints

block print quilt finished
About a year ago some friends and I got together and carved our own blocks to print.
Then a few days later we met again and practiced printing with them.

I brought a variety of fabrics with and experimented with different paints, brushes and rollers, and how they worked on the different fabrics. I was bound determined I was not going to purchase any other paints or supplies.
I was semi pleased with most of them. Robbie kept telling me they were good prints.
block prints before cutting part
All of the fabrics had been shibori over dyed with black or red dye.
Fast forward to last week when I decided to cut them up and make something.
The irregular spacing made it a time consuming process to fussy cut and get the most useable prints, I used 30 of the 34 I was able to cut.
I spaced the block I had most of every other space, filling in with the others.
I cut narrow strips for the border from what was left.
My favorite part creating this quilt was doing the spiral machine quilting. It has become a feature in my recent work.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Family Fun Night

We started off with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
Sarah, Tina and Andy waiting for our dinners.
Andy and Kendall waiting for dinner.
If Andy looks happy it’s because he didn’t have to pick me up at the airport today!

We have a family rule of not using your phone at the table….but Drew is forgiven as it was a business call.

Next it was back to our house where everyone had their favorite ice cream.
Then it was time for brainstorming for names for my newest quilts.
Kendall held the quilts for the family to brainstorm ideas for names. She will make a great replacement when Vanna is ready to retire.
Andy and Tina coming up with possible names. Andy has lots of experience doing this. This was Tina’s first time and you can see how she was closing out the world and thinking about names and was very good at it.
This is such a typical Andy picture.
It was a fun night and everyone got plenty to eat and had a good time.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

You Have 3 More Weeks To See My Solo Show

If you haven’t seen my show Florida Ice yet in Ocala, Florida you only have 3 more weeks to see it.
florida ice whispersunfunflowerimagine
It is open through April 26th at the Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave M-F 8 am – 5 pm
Ocala is near anywhere you are or are traveling in Florida and the city hall is only a few miles off I-75.
All work in the show is for sale with the exception of work marked sold.
It is a feast for the eyes if I do say so myself!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Chasing Rainbows 6

I am so pleased to have finished another quilt in this series.
Each one is very different than the others which is my goal.
The coloration of this one is more limited that the previous ones. It will be an easy quilt to live with and will evoke a peaceful feeling, all the while keeping you interested and seeing something you haven’t seen before.
Blue I satin stitched 3 31 2018
This is the fabric I created by dyeing several times before I did the satin stitching on this finished piece. If you are one of my Facebook friends you may have seen me post the fabric recently.
I really love making these. They are very labor intensive as I need to do a lot of thread changes, design and color decisions. Yet, a finished work is so satisfying.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

My Original Design Printing Blocks

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About a year ago I got together with some friends and we each made our own printing blocks. These are a few of the images I printed with them.
Stay tuned to see what I do with them.