First quilt


True to my interest in creating beautiful AND practical things, when I started quilting, I didn’t want to dink around with a practice project. So, I made a king-sized quilt for our bed. It’s my own design, incorporating the traditional log cabin block motif in a non-traditional way. I used a lot of negative space with a gorgeous shade of blue woven cotton, so I could practice various free motion quilting patterns.

I’m noticing similarities between quilt piecing and doing mosaic with hard tesserae—it’s  important to think about color, size, print versus solid, when placing the soft tesserae we know as fabric. 

New tesserae

I’m falling for fabric. In 2017 I began sewing some of my own clothes (click the Clothing tab), playing around with painting on fabric, and just recently I’ve started doing exercises from Intuitive Color and Design, by Jean Wells. She’s a world-reknowned quilter, teacher, and owner of The Stitchin’ Post fabric store in Sisters, Oregon. I bought her book years ago to learn more about color and design in my work in mosaic, and I’m increasingly pulled to explore line and color.

A couple weeks ago, I experimented with fabric, following the exercises in her book. Then I bought a walking foot and a free-motion foot and experimented with doing my own quilting. I feel a little like I’m cheating on my years-long passion for mosaic, but in a way, fabric is just a different type of tesserae.

Let me know what you think. The second photo isn’t really about tesserae; it’s just some pillows I painted.

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. 



Rather than subject you to the full report, which can’t possibly be interesting to anyone other than me, I can say I was surprised by this stat:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

So that’s kind of cool! I just wanted to say THANK YOU if you were one of those viewers.

I don’t post much, but I have renovated my website a bit, and I hope you nose around some evening … when you’re sitting alone as the light is fading, surfing the internet aimlessly, wondering what’s new out there in the world. Not that you would surf aimlessly (wink, wink). But just in case, perhaps you’ll make it your aim one day to look around here, and to sign up to follow my blog so you’ll be one of the first to see pics of upcoming projects (which include a bathroom cabinet, some pieces for an outdoor garden wall, and an artist-in-residency project at a local Montessori school).

Meanwhile, enjoy life as the days lengthen (yea!), and tap into your own creativity – whatever the form may be.


Etsy shop open – December 2014

Nine square

Nine square

Happy Holidays everyone,

This year I am not doing any Christmas shows, although after attending Christmas in the Country on Bainbridge Island a couple days ago, I was (kind of) wishing I was sitting side by side with some of the very fine artists and craftspeople I met.

However, I do have an Etsy shop in case you are still in gift-shopping mode. More items will be added this week.

Take care,



Art, science, and literature

I haven’t posted in a long while, but creativity is starting to flow again. You may know that I’m a generalist: I’m endlessly curious, read widely, seek connections and patterns, and am drawn to the places where different ideas, disciplines, and supposed opposites meet. I love both simplicity and complexity, and playing with how a simple phrase or color can spur a whole new creation.

Both of these “white” works were created for exhibitions celebrating the theme of white. Angle of Repose is so named in honor the concept itself and Wallace Stegner’s novel (if the term remains a mystery – do some sleuthing, and definitely read the novel). I also simply love how those words sound together.

Ode to the Coccolith was born after drilling down into the origins of the color white. Coccoliths are individual plates of calcium carbonate and are the main constituent of chalk deposits, such as those found at the Cliffs of Dover.

What seemingly mundane reality can lead you to a new discovery today?

Ode to the Coccolith