Joy of Making: Knots

Custom work filled many summer days at the studio this year.  Completed projects are now delivered. Before I completely shift into next season's work, my hands and mind are revisiting techniques and tools: a bit like a family reunion. Grandma Alice showed me how to tie quilts when I was a teenager.  My fingers readily … Continue reading Joy of Making: Knots

Traveling in Spirals: 40 Days of Lent

Wilderness time. Imperfect squares.  Unfinished edges.  Stitched together with variegated thread. Repeated shapes.  Repeated patterns. Creating discipline through practice.

Advent Interlude 4

This art piece was doomed to be unfinished, untouched for months but still in the range of daily examination.  The aha! direction found me as I drove over the mountains, pondering my child's life.  "He's never going to be happy until he learns to dance on the rim of nothingness." I thought.  "No, it is I that … Continue reading Advent Interlude 4

Advent Interlude 3

Let every heart prepare him room. Some years, preparing room is as simple as changing the sheets in the guest room.  Other years, the room has been renovated.  But this is a year that requires an empty space. The tree is decorated.  Presents are wrapped.  Packages are shipped. I need this empty little stable with its one … Continue reading Advent Interlude 3

A Year of Listening: Week 36

    Silence is not the absence of sound. Silence allows many sounds to reach awareness that otherwise would go unheard -- the sounds of birds, water, wind, trees, frogs, insects, and chipmunks, as well as conscience, daydreams, intuitions, and wishes. -- Thomas Moore

A Year of Listening: Week 14

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is awaiting us....The old skin has to be shed before the new one is to come. -- Joseph Campbell I collected this quotation many years ago.  Spring cleaning away yard debris and winter's film on windows … Continue reading A Year of Listening: Week 14