Archive for May, 2014

SAQA 2014 Donation

May 27, 2014

I’ve been meaning to make a donation to the SAQA Auction for a couple of years, and today I mailed my very first one:


I can not believe I did not take a photo of this before I sent it, because it really doesn’t look like this anymore.

This was a black and white fabric value study of a picture of a palm tree I took in Arizona. Yes, there are palm trees in Arizona. The label has the inspirational color photo printed on it, so whoever purchases this will be able to see how this piece was created.

Anyway, the proportion of the two solid black fronds was off, and the placement on the piece wasn’t right, plus I hated the quilting in the middle of the right one, and the white zig-zag on the left palm frond. They were removed and replaced with larger fronds, closer together, and have a black zig-zag around them.

This piece was made last year in a Katie Pasquini Masopust class, and I told her I was making it for the SAQA auction. Hopefully, someone will bid on it.

PS – Yippee!!! I found a picture of the completed quilt:
finished piece


Happy Mother’s Day

May 11, 2014

A wonderful surpise arrived at my house yesterday:


It’s been ages since I’ve received fresh flowers – mostly because there were two cats in residence for awhile. There have been no cats in the house for the last 6 years, but somehow fresh flowers did not make a reappearance.

My daughter asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day, and you know what? For the life of me, I could not think of something I wanted to add to my home. My focus has been to declutter and simplify my environment, not add more material objects to it.

She grew up in a home that had fresh flowers on the table from early spring to fall. I love fresh flowers, and planned my gardens so there was always a variety to select for my floral arrangements. Gardening has fallen by the wayside since my knee got trashed, and to be honest, I loved the flowers, but hated the weeding. I don’t miss the gardening, but I do miss the ever present flowers.

When the doorbell rang, I had no idea what would greet me on the other side. The unexpected delivery was a delight. The glorious colors, the element of surprise, the gratitude I felt, all the emotions were rushing through my mind, and the overriding emotion was thankfulness that I had given birth to such a wonderul daughter.

My wish for all my readers is for you to enjoy this day. I hope you can all spend some time with your families, and to spend a moment remembering those who have passed.

To love and be loved, is the greatest joy on earth.