Moving Through Loss: A Wise Woman Ritual circa 2000

A Letter to the Most Illustrious the Contessina Allagia degli Aldobrandeschi, written Christmas Eve, Anno Domini 1513 I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, youContinue reading “Moving Through Loss: A Wise Woman Ritual circa 2000”

Forty Years and Counting

Today is the opening for Fiberarts International. It’s pretty special. The best and the brightest innovation in a traditionally warm and fuzzy medium. Meeting the artists and the guild organizers yesterday, I am awed by this organization’s influence and support of my personally arduous and circuitous path in an ever changing definition of the fiberContinue reading “Forty Years and Counting”


craft + activism = craftivism. Maker participation that uses the creative process making a stronger more compassionate voice, strengthening personal activism, connecting beyond the self, and making items that facilitate political thought and action. My age old question on the hierarchy of art and craft rears its ugly head: studio art vs fiber art vsContinue reading “Craftivism”

A New Wall Equals A New Quilt

City Quilt 9-Patch in a 9-Patch Cutter QuiltMaryAnn’s Napkin and TableclothsSadye’s Napkins and TableclothBubbe’s TurtlenecksMaya’s Tee-ShirtHailey’s Denim Shorts RomperIda’s Cable AfghansSadye’s Stocking BagMaya and Hailey’s Baby ShirtsBen’s Sport ShirtsRun Around The Square Tee-ShirtBubbe’s SocksSadye’s Beaded BeltSilkDenim ShirtsLeslie’s silkscreen Bird FabricAmanda’s ChuppahMaurcy Gottlieb PrintBubbe’s Hemp ShirtHeath’s Wool SweaterBubbe’s Wedding DressSarah’s Quilt Backing

Program Application-Artist Statement

For over forty years I have been fashioning fiberart that celebrates the loving and healing capacity of spirit. In the seventies, an article in MS magazine about quilt making as a women’s art form lead me to patchwork as my chosen means of expression. In the eighties, leadership in our local fiberarts guild helped meContinue reading “Program Application-Artist Statement”


REMEMBER US, FOR WE WERE THE CHILDREN WHOSE DREAMS AND LIVES WERE STOLEN AWAY. BARBARA SONEK I watched the ZooKeeper’s Wife last night. In this touching story, one of the holocaust victims is represented and then remembered by a Butterfly pin that she gives to the ZooKeeper’s Wife as she is leaving her to escape.Continue reading “Butterflies”

Pussies Of America Finds A Home

To: Women and Girls Foundation100 W. Station Square Drive; Suite 315Pittsburgh, PA 15219 It is my pleasure to gift you: Pussies Of America; 42”H X 54”H; Recycled denim, tee-shirt knits, Perle Cotton; Hand Embroidery, Hand Appliqué, Machine Piecing; $1200.00; 2017. Pussies of America was one of over 500 quilts made in response to an openContinue reading “Pussies Of America Finds A Home”

Rasiel’s Mantle

Rasiel’s Mantle; 43”H X 63”W X 2” D; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants, Old Quilt Remnant. 07/2016. $1600.00. Quilt National 2017. This work is composed of ordinary re-used materials. The archangel, Rasiel, presides over our actions of transforming the knowledge of information and ideas into the wisdom of achieving our deepest levels ofContinue reading “Rasiel’s Mantle”

Quilt National 2017

I spend long days and nights absorbed in creative efforts. For each new project my jubilantly hopeful heart and mind identify significant ideas in need of expression and my hands enthusiastically dig into my multitude of resources. There is nothing like the action of creation. Creativity is one thing. Becoming a master is another. ItContinue reading “Quilt National 2017”