Monday, May 18, 2015

New Legacies

Daybreak  (66h X 57w)

I'm very pleased that my "Daybreak" quilt was selected for the New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts exhibit presented by the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, a Performing and Visual Arts Center owned and operated by the City of Fort Collins, Colorado.

This juried exhibition features the current work of national and international contemporary quilt artists, and will run July 7 through August 22, 2015.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FLCC Awards

Last night was the FLCC Alumni Association Awards Celebration, and my friend, Mary Wilsey, was given the Distinguished Alumni Award.

left to right:  Mary Wilsey, Linda Maracle, Gary Wilsey -- all graduates of the College in the early 70's.

Mary and Linda were in the first classes I taught at the College. 

When I was the Business Department Chairperson, I hired Mary as an Instructor in 1974.  She is retiring this year as full Professor and current Chair of the Business Department.

It was fun to participate in the event and a special treat to make the presentation for Mary's award.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Peeps Meeting

The Peeps (Art Quilt People) gathered for their regular monthly meeting and were treated to new work  by several of the members.

Bev showed three new pieces.

And these three are Linda's.

Nancy will be starting the stitching on this piece of painted cloth from Africa.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jet Trails

It was a "Jet Trail" day, with lots of jet contrails criss-crossing the sky.

I haven't made any Jet Trails quilts in quite awhile, but with all this wonderful inspiration, I just may have to start again!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spring scenes

The Jack Frost plants have pretty colors to brighten up the landscape after our long winter. 

We have several of these shade-loving plants with the delicate blue flowers.

We trimmed back the forsythia bushes a couple of years ago, and they are springing back with their radiant yellow blossoms.

Millie enjoys the warmth of the sun and the cover of the cotoneaster shrubs and assorted grasses.

The crabapple tree has beautiful pink blossoms for about one week out of the year -- and this is the week.

Crabapple blossom detail

Friday, May 8, 2015


We spent a fun and productive day with Mickey Lawler painting fabric with Setacolor paints.

We had a spacious room at the church in Gorham that provided everyone with plenty of work space.

Our work room was right next to the kitchen -- very handy for snacks!  And the Guild offered the option of a catered lunch, which was great.

Everyone tried making waterfall fabrics.

Mickey demonstrating a painting technique.

This is a scrunching technique.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


The Lake-to-Lake Quilt Guild held their regular meeting in Gorham.

There was a good turnout of members and visitors, and we were treated to seeing lots of quilts during their Show & Tell.

The guest speaker was Mickey Lawler, whose fabric is sold under her company name, Skydyes.

She also has published a book titled "Skydyes -- A Visual Guide to Fabric Painting."

During her presentation, she showed us her process of painting on fabric and showed us some of her lovely quilts.

We're all looking forward to our workshop with her tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Form, Not Function

  "Icicles"   (82 x 47)

I'm very pleased to have one of my quilts included in this year's exhibit of
Form, Not Function, Quilt Art at the Carnegie Center in New Albany, Indiana.

May 8 - July 11, 2015

Exhibiting Artists:
Jill Ault, Ann Arbor, MIDeborah Babin, Indianola, WA
Peggy Brown, Nashville, INBonnie M. Bucknam, Vancouver, WA
Betty Busby, Albuquerque, NMLinda Colsh, Middletown, MD
Marcia DeCamp, Palmyra, NYSara Drower, Wilmette, IL
Susan Else, Santa Cruz, CALisa Flowers Ross, Boise, ID
Rowan Haug, Starkville, MSRuby Horansky, Brooklyn, NY
Jill Jensen, Lynchburg, VAJeana Eve Klein, Greensboro, NC
Gay Lasher, Denver, COKathleen McCabe, Coronado, CA
Denise Miller, Fremont, CA Judith Plotner, Gloversville, NY
Kathleen Probst, Meridian, IDBarbara Schneider, Woodstock, IL
Maya Schonenberger, Miami, FLKaren Schulz, Silver Spring, MD
Virginia Spiegel, Byron, ILElena Stokes, Clinton, NJ
Kayla White, Pullman, WAShea Wilkinson, Omaha, NE
Charlotte Ziebarth, Boulder, CO

Sunday, May 3, 2015


A good deal of our home is below or at ground level.  In and out activity includes some surprises.  Here a little garden snake is captured in the studio.

After being deposited outdoors, he expresses his displeasure by sticking out his red tongue.

Feral cat Millie enjoys the cool shady ground underneath a backyard tree.

The little picket fence does a surprisingly good job of keeping the deer away from the tulips.

Our princess Suki is on guard, keeping watch on the porch deck from the inside.  She still does not accept any other kitty visitors even with her relaxed pose!

Friday, May 1, 2015


Frog Pond Farm is found on Rt 281 outside of Homer, NY.  They weren't open when we stopped to  look at their whimsical metalcraft.    They had lots of fun things to photograph, and these are just a few of the pictures I took.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lunch at Greek Peak

It was a lovely spring day to have lunch with friends that I don't get to see often enough -- Priscilla, Barb, and Genie.

We met at the Greek Peak Resort just outside of Cortland.  In addition to its facilities for skiing, it has a lake, indoor pools, and waterpark.

The lobby at the Lodge has one of Barb's quilts on display.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Good Spring Day

Our feral cat, Millie, has complete control of our horse barn.  Here, she surveys her domain from the ceiling rafter above one of the stalls.


A little green frog (?) or toad (?) rests on a dried plume of ornamental grass -- a very small thumbnail size in real life.

Our perennial grasses in the gazebo garden are cut back and removed to allow for new growth.  We can't burn them in place because of nearby fencing and other green growth.

We maintain several areas of early flowers.  These raised beds are at the end of our entrance driveway with branch avenues to each barn.

This small display is at the stone path to our large boulder rock garden with the Japanese tea ceremony influence.  We have lots of Spring chores to occupy our free time!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sewing Day

Jeanne was at the studio for a sewing day, and is making great progress on her piece.

And she remembered to get photos so she can document her process.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pond Cleaning

The men from "Clearly Acquatics" are here for our annual visit.  As usual, it is a cool (cold!) spring day.

They maintain and repair 300+ area ponds and water gardens and are a skilled and dependable group.

We have a lilly pond behind the barn, and some of the group work on that part of the task at hand.  Bill provides his usual contribution -- i.e., supervision.

While the pond is emptied and cleaned, the fish are transferred to a holding tank.  We have some "babies" this year, and you can see some of them at the top of this picture.

Dave is spreading some weed killing powder on the cobblestones to inhibit algae growth.  It does not harm the fish.

The pond is filled (about 900 gallons), the fish are added, the pump is turned on to feed the waterfall, and we're fixed up for another year (we hope!).