A Patch Work Life: The Hands On Guide To Living Piece By Piece

Quilt:Voluminous layersCountless hues and valuesEmbedded with meaningPersonal herstoryMinuscule patches that speaks volumesEnsconcing with warmth and protectionHand Stitched patternsEndless sizes, shapes and formsPiecing, Stitching, Darning, Mending, Ripping Producing Quilts:The next one is always better than the one beforeOrganized cutting and construction stepsStaying at the machine until the entire set is piecedProcess over productCreating something original comesContinue reading “A Patch Work Life: The Hands On Guide To Living Piece By Piece”

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”

THE WAY

Cleaning Piece IVWrite down everything you fear in life.Burn it.Pour herbal oil with a sweet scent on the ashes.Yoko Ono It is no easy feat to walk 115KM/70MILES, the minimum requirement to receive a compostela, the certificate of completion of the pilgrimage and be awarded the credencial, the official St.James stamp; but three of us,Continue reading “THE WAY”

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”

Ending The Search

In this very moment lies an invitation to the Silence that reveals itself when you simply stop.Perhaps your mind is asking, “Stop what?”Just stop. Stop asking.Stop trying.Stop pretending.Stop believing your stories of whom you are or where you have to go.Stop thinking you know something don’t know something.How?There is no “how”; “how” is more mindContinue reading “Ending The Search”

The Power of Seventy

Seventy is made of two perfect numbers, seven- representing perfection and ten- representing the ten commandments and the completeness of The Holy One’s law, symbolizing perfect spiritual order carried out with all power. Midrash: The Holy One, Who has seventy Names, gave the Torah, which has seventy names, to Israel, which has seventy names (NumbersContinue reading “The Power of Seventy”

Life Is The Practice

Do not do a spiritual practice as if your life depended on it. Practice as if it is your life. Let it be empty. Let it be light. Let it be sweet. Let each moment be a mystery that brings you to the next moment. Empty means without preconception. Without preconception means you are freeContinue reading “Life Is The Practice”

Nest

Every morning I awaken to a heart-warning cacophony of sights in the bedroom portion of our loft. It begins with a good night’s sleep on the great invention of a memory foam mattress and pillow.Coming to my senses I meander through the family photographs that line the ceiling beams feeling the persistent love and supportContinue reading “Nest”

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”

It Takes A Life Time

The big question that I am getting lately is- How long does it take you to make that? Oh my, what a loaded question. There are so many factors that go into each and every quilt: the purpose, the budget, the materials, and the use to name the most basic. That requires a face-to-face meetingContinue reading “It Takes A Life Time”