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February 17, 2018


Itís been several months since my last post, and Iíve been digging in, resting, thinking, looking, and planning for the year. Mostly resting, as itís been ages since Iíve had a break.


I decided to take a long desired quilt piecing class, to see how all those tiny joints are made in quilting. It has been such a great time, and learning about quilts and their history has been an astonishing journey. I can now understand the fascination . Itís an endless world of potential. Although I prefer minimal design, Iím enjoying a jaunt into this patterned world. I love using up my tiny scraps, and end of bolts and the challenge to make something beautiful from limited selections.


This fractured time in history has filled me with a need for comfort, and somehow, quilts and home and all things embracing fit the bill. I'm imagining dark interiors, old master interiors, dark walls, beautiful textiles, candles, and Iím experiencing ĒhireathĒ, a nostalgic, wistful sense of lost home remembered, or a home desired but never known, a yearning or grief for the lost or imagined places we call home.


Iíve got a light show schedule this year so far, and Iím enjoying thinking about direction and what matters and what my strengths are in making. My good friend and long time weaver Jane paid a visit from Vermont to New Mexico in December and we had a great time. So a revival of some of my classic scarves may be on the docket for this year, revealing in late fall. (image of quilt in process)


Iíve just finished work on my new logo and will be working on my new website this year. My vision is to bring you,not just my work, but some additions of select textile and other makers who donít normally show, but have rare and precious handmade items to be loved. Also, since Iíve got a stash of cloth with no home, IĒm hoping to send some of these unused roll ends off into the world.


So itís going to be a slow walk for me to a diverse place. But my quilted garments and new shirt line and pins will, for the moment, continue and Iíll be bringing this latest group to Boston in April.


Hope you have a lovely year, and letís remember earth, and beauty and all sentient beings, great and small.


For those of you who live elsewhere, my work is now available at Bellagio Art to Wear, at the Biltmore in Ashville, NC, and at Ann Ahn on Madison Avenue in New York, NY, Dreamweaver in Sarasota, FL, and at Hand's On in Key West,FL.


My web site is now getting difficult to view in many browsers. I have to admit itís ten years old, and though weíve done many updates over the years, Iím in need of a new site. Until I get to that , please try Internet Explorer to view the site,or any old browser, or it can also be viewed on an iPad if it hasn't been updated to 10.3.1 The trick on the iPad is: to stop the downward scroll in any of the "Collections" pages, you must click the upward arrow, fairly quickly. Takes a little practice, but works. The static pages should be easy to view.