Sunday, March 11, 2018


I had written an earlier blog post about having trouble doing any “creative” work after my Dad died on February 23. I had an art retreat scheduled (before any of the stuff happened with my Dad) for March 5-8. I decided to go, and it was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. I immersed myself in my work and got my creative mojo back!

This art retreat consisted of several artists working in varied  mediums—felt making, poetry writing, book making, organization, sewing/piecing, hand stitching, sketching, planning, eco-dyeing, collage, etc. Being surrounded by people who CREATE really fed my soul. The first thing I did was finish the machine appliqué on the quilt I made out of Dad’s pajamas. (See the blog post about that here.)

I finished six 3” blocks for my 365 Quilt and two 6” blocks for it.

I finished the stitching on an “extreme embroidery” pin.

I started an improvisationally pieced quilt top. I got several good-sized units pieced and several smaller units ready to join. This type of creative project was just what I needed. I thoroughly enjoyed the process; the colorful pieces make me smile.

I arrived home to several very nice sympathy cards from friend (all of them much appreciated) a walking foot for my new machine, and a new hair care product I want to try. My husband unloaded all the retreat stuff from my car. Life is good.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


I received word last week that one of my “extreme embroidery” pieces (Come Dance with Me) has been juried into this year’s Fantastic Fibers Exhibit at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky. This is a picture when I was working on it while at a retreat.
So…if you are going to the BIG quilt show in Paducah in the spring, please stop by and see it in person. The exhibit will be on display when you come to the big show. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 5pm-7pm (free admission). The show will be on display from April 14 - June 9, 2018, with a regular admission fee of $5.

According to the email I received, 364 submissions from 11 nations and 35 US states. From those 364 works submitted, only 42 were selected as part of the exhibition. I’m pretty excited to be a part of this group!

This years juror was Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, a fiber artist whose experimental techniques and expressive interpretations have earned  him  an  international reputation. He is one of Kentucky's most original, influential and significant artists. Because he creates an extensive collection of work his artwork is everywhere. His work is in the collections of the New York City Museum of Modern Art's Architecture and Design Collection, as well as galleries and private collections throughout the United States and the world. I wasn’t sure one of my pieces would get into the exhibit with Arturo being the juror, because he does REALLY innovative work.

If you haven’t been to the Yeiser before, it is located in downtown Paducah. It is a non-profit visual arts organization which recently celebrated sixty years (1957 - 2017) of serving the community through exhibitions and education throughout the Tri-State Region. The Yeiser Art Center is wheelchair accessible. The hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you get a chance to stop by, let me know what you think! (I have changed the setting on my blog, so try to leave a comment here—especially those of you who have never been able or who have never tried to leave a comment I’d love to know if my changes to the settings make any difference in your ability to leave a comment.)