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Quilts + Color

Updated: 2018-01-21T16:51:21.428-06:00


What Is On My Agenda?


I am preparing fabric for my next dyeing session.
If it looks like these are already dyed you are right. Once is not enough in many cases.
These are all fabrics that can be improved with one or more additional dips in the dye buckets.
There are no failures, only opportunities to create a perfect fabric.
As they say in the wine business “We will serve no wine before it’s time”.
And I say “I will use no fabric before it’s prime”!



It’s a double numeric palindrome.

Some of you know that I am a numbers person.

I love interesting number.

This is the total number of all time views of my blog as of less than a minute ago.

About 10.000 views in the last 10 days.

That is most likely a record as I head towards ONE MILLION VIEWS!

Have You Seen It?


I am sharing some of my work that I don’t think I’ve shared before. I do believe they have all stood the test of time.
This silk quilt glows. It is made with my Round Trip Around The World Pattern. It is a perfect quilt for a dark space.
This was the first quilt I made with fabric I dyed. I designed the border in the wall in the room and painted it to compliment the quilt.
Apple Blossom Time was made from decorator fabric and hung on our lanai seasonally for 12 years. It did not fade at all in that time. It no longer worked when we changed the colors.  It now lives at the home of my Florida daughter.

Love My Lanai Light


It took me a long time to find this light. I previously had a pink and white light similar to this one.
It didn’t match the colors when I redecorated the lanai.
I actually jerry-rigged this which started as a hard wired hanging light. I just used the basic shade and attached the leaf/flower streamers to the shade in the manner it was supposed to be done! But it was one of those things where you felt like to had to climb inside and turn you hands inside out and get pricked by the pin like attaching parts.
I then used the original cone and light cord, etc. from the previous lamp.
I have it on a timer to come on as it gets dark and shut off a little before bedtime.
I love to see it either from the lanai or through the glass doors.
I have not fully enjoyed it for the last several days as it has been very cold. The cold radiates right through the glass doors and I have to shut the honeycomb blinds in the evening.

An Awesome Favorite Miniature


This miniature was a work in progress for years. The thing that kept me from finishing it was the fact that the binding had to changed color each time the color of the border changed. I finally decided it was now or never a little while ago.
I used the technique I developed call Magnificent Miniature Graph Patchwork to create this. Each log is 1/4 inch wide. The finished piece is about the size of a piece of notebook paper.
It is hand quilted by me from the days when I hand quilted!
I am so pleased to have it finished after so many years.
I am including some links on this post to other blog posts sharing some of my miniatures.
There are more so if you are  interested in seeing them just click on Miniature Quilts in the right hand column.

Delightful Story Without Names (And No Pictures)


I live a serendipitous life and love when special people appear to make an otherwise boring time interesting and memorable.
On a recent flight most of the passengers were even older than me…yes, that is possible!
I was sitting in my usual aisle seat and the other two seats were empty.
The flight attendant was helping a very young girl who was flying unattended for the first time find a seat. I asked if she would like to sit in my row.
She took the window seat.
She looked a little scared, yet confident.
I asked her how old she was and what her name was. I told her my name.
I showed her pictures of some of my grandchildren that were the closest to her age.
That broke the ice. She was one of the most delightful children I have ever met.
She shared her home made chocolate chip cookies with me. We both agreed they were far better than the treat the airline was giving out.
She gave me her Dad’s business card and I gave her one of mine.
She really got excited when I started to show her some of my Ice Dyed Mandalas. I told her about my upcoming show, Florida Ice.
After the flight I received a message from her Mom telling me how excited she was about the show and that she told her mom  “Mom, We have to come to it”. I sure hope they do.
I know this little girl is going to have an amazing life and will accomplish great things.

Florida Ice–Show Details!


I was waiting until all details had been confirmed to share this blog post with everyone.
My show will open March 16, 2018 at the Ocala, Florida City Hall.
There will be an opening reception from 12:30-2 p.m. on March 16th.
The show closes on April 26, 2018.
The city hall is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
It is a beautiful building which will highlight my work. These are my Ice Tapestries that started as white cloth and I have dyed using my own unique method of ice dyeing.
There is a large free parking lot.

Greetings From Edon, Ohio


We lived in Edon, Ohio from 1961-1963.
I found these postcards on eBay a few years ago and I love the style of them. They are from 1909 and 1917. The postage to send them was a penny!
I have many fond memories of the short time we lived there. Almost 10 years ago I reconnected with our long lost couple friends from there. Sally and I now live 15 miles from each other and see each other often. Grace was able to come from Omaha, Nebraska to visit us a few years ago.
More recently I found a mail list from the area and joined. I am now in close touch with several people from Edon. Only one still lives there. All of us treasure those years. People were very welcoming and friendly.
It was a great place to live. When we lived there the population was around 500. As of the 2010 census the population was slightly over 800.
So here’s to you my Edon friends: Sally Rue, Grace and Vern Thomsen, Nancy Herman Dunnavan, Karen Jones, Carol Darr Moore and Dan Thiel.
55 years and counting since we left Edon!

Record Clock


This is my new clock from ReVisions Gallery in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
It is made entirely of old records or discs.
The artist is Deborah Dickenson.

Honey, I’m Home….Again!


My reservation has been honored here at Seldom Inn

Thanks Andy and Tina for picking me up at the airport in your Cadillac.
Here we are having dinner at the Olive Garden on the way home.
An enjoyable time seeing both of you.

Last Memories From Christmas 2017


Since this blog is also my personal diary I am going to include a LOT of pictures on this one last Christmas post. I can access them when I want to remember the experience and if for some reason the blog would ever be shut down I print each year in a book to keep them forever. Christmas pillowsFisherman Nick’s fishy gifts!Jared’s treasuresIt looks like these top knots have inspired these guys to become sumo wrestlers!Julie is sharing her Christopher Radko New Years Ornament, so appropriate as we celebrated Christmas New Years Eve.Heidi and Jessica and hand crocheted tree ornamentsGreg enjoying a book of picturesJared and his Santas.Jessica with her fingerless mitts and her felted bowl.Julie enjoying Grandma Sorensen’s antique cobalt blue and clear butter dish.Julie with the felted bag I knit for her.Jessica with her Door County bag of coins.Oh Christmas Tree!One more time! These men are the best dressed!Our Green Bay Packer elf off the shelf says “See you all next year!”[...]

A Christmas To Remember


Although not everyone in the family could make it to celebrate Christmas together, we had a wonderful entertaining delicious time!
Many years ago a friend of my mothers knit stockings for the then members of our family. After she lost her sight it took me over two years to get a copy of the pattern from the designer. I knit several more for newer family members. Since I know longer fill these HUGE stockings I thought it was time to give them to everyone to take home.
Here is Jessica with the last stocking I knit.
Heidi’s stocking was the first one I knit.
The grandchildren who joined the family later received needlepoint stockings with their names.
Being the tallest member of the family Nick received Grandpa Jerry’s HUGE afghan I had knit for Florida.
My grandson’s love to fish so they were recipients of my fish plate collection in various sizes.
Stay tuned….Christmas continues!

Christmas- It’s Not Over Til It’s Over


Heidi is looking at the opening in the back of her Christmas pillow.
Two pillows in one. Inside is a polyester double knit pillow!
Since each couple shares a bag of gifts sometimes someone gets confused about who an item is for!
I have to laugh each time I see this picture of Kevin!
Yes, our Christmas gift night was very entertaining!

Two Special Quilts For Two Grandsons


When Cooper and Caleb came to visit Friday night I had these quilts waiting for them.

Cooper's is their family picture from a few years ago. I designed the fabric from the photo and had it printed commercially.
This is the picture so you can see what I used.

Caleb’s is one of those cut and stuff prints that was an exercise for my students in one of my classes. His favorite color is yellow and there is a lot of yellow in it. The print was little chickens before it was cut into triangles.

I found this picture of the original panel I used for his quilt.  He had so much fun playing with it.

Quilt Picks


I am sharing individual photos of the quilts everyone picked as you can see them much better.
Since some of these were created a while ago. I developed a new appreciation of what great designs they were. It is like looking at someone else’s work when you haven’t see them for a while.
Julie and Greg got first pick and chose this quilt with an original block I designed.
Jared chose this quilt, an original design of mine.
Jessica and Kevin chose this one, another original design my me. I taught this class many times.
I LOVE the strong graphic image of this Amish inspired quilt.It’s one of my favorites.
This is Heidi and Nate’s quilt. It contains hand painted and hand dyed fabrics.

My Very Favorite Picture Celebrating Christmas


I took a lot of pictures as we celebrated Christmas on New Years eve.
This turned out to be my favorite. For those who don’t know I bring out a lot of quilts and let each family member/couple chose a quilt to take home.
What makes this even better is Oliver is looking at Greg and Julies quilt and Isla is looking at Jessica’s.

Knitted Bowl Ready For Felting



This is the largest bowl I have ever knitted. It currently measures 18 inches long and 16 inches (32 inch circumference) across.

I used a variegated yarn with a long color change for part of the yarns in this. The color changes in the yarn dictated to me what size to make this.

It will be greatly reduced in size when it is wet felted in my washing machine.

Do not expect to see the felted bowl soon as I wait until I have 5 or 6 pieces to felt at once.

July–December 2017


These were probably the calmest months of the year for me.In July I knit a lot of bowls and pods and wet felted them and a few other things.I also did a variety of small sewn projects from leftovers from other projects.In August while looking for any information I could find about my maternal grandfather I found this house he designed in Milwaukee. How appropriate to find it in August as his name was August G Wolff.September was my birthday month and I got this new hand painted chair.October saw me heading to Seldom Inn for a while.The high light of November is always Thanksgiving with my Florida family.Jessica graduated from nursing school in December and Jeff and Colin graduated from Parkside the next day.December marked a return to the frozen tundra of the north to spend the holidays with my Wisconsin and Minnesota families to celebrate the holidays.We bid 2017 good bye and look forward to 2018[...]

More 2017 Memories As We Leave The Year Behind


When our high school friends Lee and Mollie Edmonston visited Florida we got together at Pat and Ron Brodsko’s for pizza. Of course the conversation included where we got the best pizza when we were all in high school.April was also our last activity day with our fiber art quartet before Robbie headed north.It took several visits from my great hometown friend Carol Gordhamer for me to remember to take her picture in front of the quilt! April brought the family Easter celebration at Andy’s house. It was my first time to meet baby Andy with Grandpa Andy. I wonder what he was teaching him here?May is the BIG Kentucky Derby party at Andy’s with family and friends.He looked gorgeous!!!!Nicholas graduated from the University of Wisconsin in May.June found me back in my Wisconsin studio organizing and working.June also marked Jared’s high school graduation.I always enjoy looking back and see how full each year is.[...]

Anticipating New Years Eve And Remembering Others


Sharing “Glamour shots” of our New Years Eve's from the past…not necessarily in order.
Our group grew as time went on. We celebrated with overnights at some fine hotels.
Many happy times spent with great friends.

As 2017 Comes To A Close


I think back and remember what a great year it was.January marked the opening of my solo show at The Anderson Art Center. The opening was an overwhelming success followed by the rest of the show that was equally well attended.February marked Caleb’s adoption into Jeff and Heathers already large family.MARCH....a bittersweet month as the show closed without me there to see it out.My WayAnd now, the end is nearAnd so I face the final curtain It’s MagicI've lived a life that's fullI've traveled each and every highwayIris SpringBut more, much more than thisI did it my wayGarden PartyRegrets, I've had a fewBut then again, too few to mentionGlory AuraI did what I had to doAnd saw it through without exemptionGood VibrationsTo think I did all thatAnd may I say - not in a shy wayMysticOh no, oh no, not meI did it my wayChasing Rainbows 1,3,4,5I planned each special workEach careful step along the bywayIce On FireAnd more, much more than thisI did it my waySacred SpiritsYes, there were times, I'm sure you knewWhen I bit off more than I could chewChasing Rainbows 7But through it all, when there was doubtI ate it up and spit it outPerfect HarmonyI faced it all and I stood tallAnd did it my wayKarmaIt’s time to shed a tear or two…. But I’ll be back and so will you…I DID IT MY WAY!For what is a woman, what has she gotIf not herself, then she has naughtTo say the things she truly feelsAnd not the words of one who kneelsThe record shows I took the blowsAnd did it my wayYES IT WAS MY WAYP.S. This is the longest blog post I have ever done but it deserved it so I could include some of your favorites and mine from the show.March marked the close of my show.….to be continued in later posts today………….[...]

My View This Morning



This was what I saw when I opened the blinds this morning.


We had snow. Looks like I might not be able to get our of here until March with this pile of snow.


Do you see anything similar here to the last photo?

Santa Stopped Here For His Annual R & R!


He sure looks like he’s had a busy crazy time and needs some R & R! Wonder what he has been through to make his glasses slide off his nose and down his face?
Santa from around the world and across time also needs some R & R.
Santa has also come from the North and South Poles dressed for the weather and hopes the warmer temperatures here will allow him some R & R.

Wishing You A Wonderful Christmas Day


All of these Christmas cards were made by my sister in law Sue Sorensen. I feel so privileged to receive one from her every year and treasure them all.
I can only imagine how long it takes her to create each one. Each one is so beautifully done and each is unique.
Thank you Sue for this chance to help me share this Merry Christmas wish with everyone.
I keep all the photo cards and some other special ones I have received from day one. What I found works best is to keep them on notebook rings. I now have 3 full rings.
I recently organized each ring. One has family, one has friends and one has hand made cards. I also tried to put all of them from each sender in chronological order.
The notebook you see on the table is where I keep all those Christmas letters you have sent me. I love to get those letters too.

Merry Christmas Eve



Nothing like a flickering fire to relax and enjoy the eve of our Savior's birth.