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9 Sep 2006


I’m simply overwhelmed with the outpouring of support I’ve gotten over the past week. Thanks everyone for the kind words on my father. I’ve been feeling a maelstrom of emotions: grief, of course, coupled with compassion for all of you dealing with cancer or caring for a loved one with cancer; gratified to hear so many will be making postcards for FFAC (thank you); and lastly, blessed to feel the love and friendship making its way through cyberspace.

One last word on my father. I flew down this past Wednesday to his house for a small gathering of friends and relatives. I kept composed fairly well until Sonny, a childhood friend of my dad’s arrived. Sonny was there during the final days of my dad’s life and I just sobbed on his shoulder as we sat in my father’s sitting room and Sonny told me all of the things my father said, experienced, and felt during those last days. Before my father fell into a coma, he turned to Sonny and between labored breaths said, “Sonny, I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to do in this life.”

When Sonny told me that, I quieted some. I’m relieved that even though my dad died fairly young, he died fulfilled, and every time I’m feeling a wave of grief wash over me, I’m going to try and remember this.

With this also comes the realization—and determination—to make the absolute most of my life. And as I enjoy another birthday next month, I realize I’m. Not. Nearly. Done. Not even close.

After a week of mourning, I walked into my studio this Saturday morning with a vengeance to create, to choose to live a healthy life, to give my job all that I can, and to fiercely love and support my family and friends.

I’m so blessed to have this incredible job and to be part of the community that all of you create. Here at Quilting Arts LLC, we have a lot of exciting endeavors to plan for over the next few months, namely an increased publication schedule (more on that later), as well as the end-of-year celebration of Make It University/Make It U! this November in Houston. If you haven’t heard, Cloth Paper Scissors is collaborating with Quilts Inc. to put together an exciting gathering of mixed-media vendors and artists to offer mixed-media, paper, and bookbinding products, teach workshops, and share some interesting exhibits. And here’s where a little fun (and thanks to you) come in to play…

As I sit in my studio overflowing with hand-dyed fabrics, vintage findings, buttons, hand-dyed cheese cloth, painted tissue and coffee filters (great for stitching and collage), and other findings, I know I just wont be able use it all.  So I have a deal for you:

1.The first 30 people to answer the following question via the blog will receive an assortment of goodies from me.  If you see that you are in the first 30 responses, please **email** me your mailing address. It’s a bit time-consuming to track people down so please make sure to immediately follow up your blog response by emailing me at with your address.
2. Take the goodies I mail you and create a piece of art. You can make a fiber art postcard, a tiny quilt, a handmade book, a series of ATCs, a fabric bowl, fabric house, etc. And I’d be thrilled to pieces if you created an ATC for Make It University/Make It U!

3. Scan or take a photograph of your work and email the image to me at by Friday, October 13th. The image should be either a jpeg or gif file and be 72 DPI and less than 1 MB in size. Please only send me one picture in total.

Since I’m going to be sending all 30 people nearly the same items but in various colors, it’ll be interesting to see the different results. I’ll be posting some of the pictures on the blog, and it’s also quite possible that we’ll feature the different pieces of artwork in Houston in our booth in the Make It University/Make It U section. (If this happens I’ll post details at a later date.)

The question to be answered on the blog:
What special skill or series of work are you interested in perfecting or studying at the moment?  Making creative journals?  Free-motion quilting? Handmade books? Fabric bowls? Tell us what you’re doing, and if you have a website or blog to show us your work make sure to include the link.

Be well, everybody…




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Sandy Jandik wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 1:24 PM
Your attitude is great-a good focus for the future. I have 3 things that I am concentrating on right now-always have wanted to do everything! I want to do more free machine embroidery to create unique textures. I want to experiment in mixed media-using lots of alternative fibers-paper, etc. I want to slash fabric randomly and rejoin randomly-very freeing. I am interested in exploring books, mostly making them or decorating blank journals. This one I seem to have more trouble with. Any I see in books and magazines draw me right me, but I have trouble with the blank page. Thinking of you fondly, Sandy
eleni wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 2:30 PM
I just discovered your blog and only recently found out about CPS Magazine. I am interested in mail art and round robin art swaps. I enjoy free form collage -- plenty of ragged uneven edges. Thank you! Eleni
jennybd wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 2:37 PM
I love your's one of the first ones I check each day. You are such an inspiration. I'm focusing on ATC's and fabric postcards now in between finishing up a quilt I hope to have done by Christmas. I want to try embelising more with beads and I want to challenge myself to send more mail art to my best friends scattered away from me. Thanks for the chance to be included in your project...I can't wait to see the goodies!
Natalya wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 3:48 PM
It's always hard for me to decide just what i want to concentrate on. But lately I have been trying very hard to learn to add texture and contrast to my quilts. For me that involves collage, free motion quilting and painting. Mixed media has a huge appeal to me, and I want to learn to incorporate that into the texture of my quilts. Thanks for this opportunity!
Lisa Gallup wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 4:06 PM
I really appreciate your words, as my mom is dying of cancer right now. It is tough to watch a parent die, as you well know. My art has been a wonderful stress reliever for me. In recent months I've delved deeper and deeper into fabric. I love dyeing it, painting it, and embellishing it. I also have gotten addicted to carving my own stamps to use on fabric. I've been making postcards for FFAC, have been doing a few wall hangings, and want to make some fabric books. I was really inspired by Karen Stiehl Osborne in the most recent issue of Quilting Arts. My immediate plans are to create a line of postcards and/or wallhangings to post to my soon to be opened Etsy store. :)
Brenda Jennings wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 4:13 PM
So sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like you had a great relationship with your father. I just finished and sent off 5 more postcards for FFAC. i wish I could go to Houston to see them all! Am currently finishing up my journal quilts for the journal quilt project. I am trying to add more texture, relief, and dimension with a variety of materials. I really love the South African quilters work, and was so pleased to see the article on Rosale Dace; just love her work. Thanks for the "special project"; am glad I happened upon your blog today. Thanks, Brenda
Tammy wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 4:58 PM
Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this. Right now I’m working on expressing myself throught my art – how can I create things that evoke the emotions I’m trying to convey? I love fairy tales and magical imagery… can they be whimsical & do I have to stick with the fabric art doll medium that I’m so used to? Doll website at: & new blog at: .
sue wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 6:14 PM
So glad to hear that you are back in your studio and wish you well on your new road towards living your best life. And to answer your question I would really like to explore the art of making books and journals. I'm drawn to mixed media work but have never felt comfortable in that venue so exploring the marriage of fiber and paper in journal form is what I'm intrigued by. My email: my website: which has a link to my blog. Thanks for the opportunity to participate!
Kris wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 6:17 PM
The open sharing of what you are experiencing is very giving of yourself. I hope you find some peace in this time of grief. Right now I feel myself focusing on improving my drawing skills. Even though I feel I lack the basics, I am certainly being drawn (no pun intended) to creating my own simple ink drawnings for use in my mixed media art projects.
Terri wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 6:51 PM
How kind of you.....thank you. I would like to continue to improve all my fabric and fiber skills...learn new techniques..books, journals, embellishing, and to come up with original designs. Visit my blog @
Jennifer wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 7:28 PM
What a moving blog entry. I am so sorry for your loss. I just finished up my postcards for FFAC. I am playing around with nuno felting and regular wet felting and incorporating those results into art quilts. I also have some new fabric dyes that I want to try out. And as always, practicing my free motion quilting skills.
Jody wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 7:30 PM
I am learning crazy quilting. My Great Grandmother started teaching me needlework when I was 5 years old. Hard to believe I have been stitching in some way for over 40 years!!! After reading ClothPaperScissors and attending the Quilting Show in Chicago this spring, I had this URGE to Crazy Quilt. I know I don't have the tools or time to create huge detailed quilts. But I just love all the different stitches so I have been reading about Crazy Quilting. My 1st attempt was the "Domestic Challenge" at our county fair. I quilted and crazy quilted a table runner. No I did not place in the fair but it was fun. I am now working on these very cute "heart shaped" crazy quilted purses for my two little nieces. I sure they will love them no matter how they turn out. Thank you Pokey and ClothPaperScissors for all of your inspiration. Jody PS: I have included my Blog address, but it is currently empty, so again it will be ClothPaperScissor that inspires me to accomplish something else. Put some photos on my blog.
Barb G wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 7:55 PM
Please accept my sympathies on the loss of your father. You have so much grace and insight in a difficult time like this that you are truly an inspiration to us all. The magazines that you all produce are a wonderful inspiration, too. Since my busy summer season is passed me (I co-own and operate a seasonal resort business), I can now turn my focus to making things. I hope this fall to pursue some fabric books that have come together in my mind. My stack of Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines are safely stashed under my bed. Most of the time, I can only read a bit at night before falling asleep. Now I can think about trying some techiniques that I have been reading about: silk paper, lutradur, and then constructing these into the books and journals. With any luck, I can involve my homeschool son and daughter in these adventures.
ginger henkel wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 7:56 PM
how wonderful that you have found a positive way to work through your loss...I too have been working on postcards for the ffac...and I am eager to continue my education in design ( which quilting arts has been kind enough to add to ) so that my art quilts can better tell my stories...Ginger
Joanna van Ritbergen wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 8:25 PM
I am really interested in experimenting with inks and rubber stamps. I would love to create great faces with inks. I am part of the SurfaceDesign group on yahoo groups and I also have a blog. I am also interested in texture. Many thanks! Joanna
Nic Bridges wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 8:28 PM
Pokey, your posts about the loss of your Dad have been poignant - I cannot imagine losing mine at this point in my life. I am absolutely with you in your resolve to make the most of life - it's just too short and we need to use it well. I have been working recently on a series of improvisational work, developing quilts that are somewhat emotive and expressive of my place in the world right now. I have just been accepted into a local gallery, so have been working towards that. I have also been putting together a series of classes in contemporary techniques, which has been great fun. It is a regular once-a-month class where participants learn a new technique each time, making a journal quilt size sample to build up a "toolbox" of skills to apply to making their own art. I have challenged myself to come up with a different free-motion quilting approach as well as a new binding/finishing technique each month as well. I'm very excited about these classes, and I'm sure I'm learning as much from the experience as any of the girls in my classes! There are pics of much of my recent work and class samples on my blog at - I'd love you to check it out!!
Karen Stiehl Osborn wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 9:25 PM
Hi Pokey! I am currently studying praying mantises for a series as a remembrance to my Dad. He was always photographing the mantises in his yew bushes, and I've spotted several in my gardens recently. So I am studying about them, photographing the ones I see in my yard, and sketching for a new series of collages. My Dad died in August 5 years ago, so this is the time of year that is hard for me and a perfect time to be starting this new series.
Barb wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 10:22 PM
I have so many words for you but not nearly enough space in which to pour it all. I wish I could sit across a table with you and a cup of coffee and just talk for hours. I lost my dad almost three years ago, also from cancer. Despite the heads up, as it were, one is never prepared. My only solice was in knowing I was so lucky to have had a close relationship with him. Lucky to have been his only little girl, lucky to have had parents married over 60 years. Before tears completely cloud my vision, let me just say I am sorry for your loss, and you are in my thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for commenting. Initially my breath caught in my throat, lol, as I don't want to disappoint you. But you are so kind, so welcoming, so full of 'golden' (my friends always said to surround oneself with golden people, and ignore the silver and the bronze. You are truly golden). Thank you for that. I'm glad to have discovered this blog tonight (I was looking for your email address!). Just take time for yourself right now. Memories are prizes for the heart. I wish you lots of lovliness there. Your dad is still with you in so many ways.
Julie Luca wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 10:28 PM
My sincere sympathy for your loss. I have always sewn and done mixedmedia projects. I just took my first quilt class recently and am concentrating on precision sewing. I am also learning to machine quilt. Book binding/making is a pet favorite of mine and I hope to mix that with the quilting. Your magazines are an inspiration and make it difficult to chose what projects to do, but dreaming is fun too! Thanks, Julie in Alaska
debbi crane wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 10:33 PM
My prayers remain with you! I am so IN LOVE with fabric and stitching right now, all I can think about is how to combine fabric with the papers and book forms that I already do. I want to continue to challenge myself to push the boundaries of "The Book"
Sue D. wrote
on 9 Sep 2006 11:59 PM
I'm so glad you were able to talk to your father's friend, and were able to find some comfort in what he had to tell you. My dad has had cancer, too, but has survived it so far. As far as my art, I'm trying to learn new techniques that I can use for art quilts. There are so interesting and exciting things being done, I love to see beadwork, scrapbooking, metalwork, painting &c. all being used in quiltmaking.
Mary Ann Littlejohn wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 12:36 AM
So sorry to hear about your father. I am trying to work in series to increase my body of work. I'm making FFAC and working on free motion quilting designs. My first invitational exhibit is coming up later this month. That is a good motivator.
Char DeRouin wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 3:39 AM
Dear Pokey, My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. My mom also passed away of lung cancer in January, and while it's taken me some time, I have started to work on handmade art journals and "freestyle" scrapbook pages as a source of healing. I always enjoy mixing things up by using a variety of products in my work. Thanks and take care! xoxo, Char
Patti Culea wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 3:56 AM
Dear Pokey, As you know, my mom passed away in May. Her lungs gave out, too. She never smoked,but was a farmers wife. I'm finished a fabric postcard for Fiber for a Cause based on your last post. It made me feel good knowing I was making something that would help research to fight this horrid disease. Thank you for all your inspiration. And, know you are always in my prayers. Fondly, Patti
Leanne Hurren wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 3:57 AM
I find ti very hard to focus on one technque / area and also to find the time in a busy day. I am focusing on colour and dyeing with procion at the moment. I am taking part in a masterclass with Ruth Issett at the moment at Art Van Go in the UK and we are exploring colour on paper and cloth - great! Colour mixing is something I never really learnt and that is what I am focusing on now. Lots to learn!
Diana Ching wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 4:02 AM
I have been through what you are going through and can only say that it does get easier with time. You will still be sad but you will remember the lovely things abotu your dad and the happy times you shared. Right now I am working on creative mixed-media 'memory' journals which is appropriate in your circumstances. In my case I am trying to capture and retain the essence of a special holiday in France this year, by incorporating my written memories along with photos, pieces of artwork of various kinds etc in a journal which will be a lasting memory for me. I have gathered some ideas but have yet to get started, but am looking forward to doing so. Take care. Diana
Cherie Thompson wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 4:10 AM
Darling Pokey, My heart is with you as you work through your recovery. I'm sure the joys of colour and creating will inspire and motivate you to rise above the sadness in your heart. I'm working on a cloth memory journal for my Mum and earlier ancestors who sailed to Australia in the 1800s. These ventures are keeping me excited and less gloomy after my Dad had a stroke on Monday. I'm also working on a bag mostly embellished with found objects so the combination of these two projects brings joy to my life as the sadness is momentarily put aside.
JoAnn Bradley wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 5:10 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss Pokey, but glad you have those last words of your father's to help you get through it. I made my first ever postcards and sent them to FFAC. Couldn't think of a better place for them to go.
JoAnn Bradley wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 5:16 AM
Sorry, posted before I was ready! I'm interested in all the things you mentioned above, but freemotion quilting and creative journals, both fabric and mixed media top the list.
donna anderson wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 6:21 AM
journals & books. I was so inspired by your endeavor to make a small quilt every week of the year. I become very intimidated before i begin anything like that, that it takes me a while to get up the nerve to begin. maybe that would help me. I knew i should have gotten up earlier!
Veronica Richmond wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 7:29 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost both parents far too early (mom at 44 and dad at 55) and know the sorrow. Thanks to Quilting Arts and CPS, I've dared to expand my definition of quilting to include lots of embellishment and materials you wouldn't think to use in a traditional quilt, and I'm thrilled to be teaching others, too, now. I'm wokring on learning more about altered books and expanding the number of embellishments I use in art quilting. thank you for wonderful magazines! Veronica Richmond
Carol WIebe wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 8:37 AM
I too have been touched by cancer--my husband, my mother, aunts and uncles, etc. And I understand the impetus to live life fully so I can say what your dad said at the end of my life . Making art quilts is a spiritual journey for me, and I really crave learning about the way others explore the deepest part of themselves through art. Carol Wiebe
Lynda Thompson wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 8:49 AM
I am sorry for your loss; you will carry your father's positive power into your work and life. I am working more on the design of art quilting. I have done a variety of techniques, a wide range using fabric, dyes, paints, beads, etc. I have been into quilting for a long time. I have always designed my own quilts for the most part, but now I want to learn more about what really works. Lynda
susan barker wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 8:59 AM
I read with interest your experience with the ending of life... Your reaction is, I think, not so untypical, I went through a similar process in 96, when my father passed away and am again doing the same things as my mother nears the end of her life... Right now, I am learning to teach! Putting together a few classes and projects to teach at my local quilt shop -- I have taught quilting before but not quite so focused on it! And I am trying to learn to create my own 'realistic' designs for wallhangings... Too bad I am an early riser rather than a late night computer user, looks like I missed the first thirty by a few!
Janet Howse wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 9:12 AM
There are times when life does call out to us to make the most of it. Sounds like you have discovered one of those moments. Art can be so healing and thereapeutic. I love both of your magazines and I am signed up to see you at the Sewing Expo in Novi Michigan. I would like to see an article on free motion quilting. Not how to do the shapes, but the thought process of deciding what to quilt and where. I see beautiful art quilts with graphic lines quilted on them, are they all done free hand without drawing the lines? On the massive ones, how does the artist make lines evenly spaced to resemble water, clouds etc... How does someone like Hollice Chatalaine go about free motion quilting. She uses her thread like paint. But when the fabric is bunched up under the machine, it is so hard to see the "whole" picture of the design. How does she make the lines appear where they are needed? It's just amazing. So that is what I would like to learn more about. Be well and I am looking forward to meeting you! Janet
Joanna van Ritbergen wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 9:43 AM
Hi Pookie, I forgot to mention earlier that I am also sorry for your loss. I also lost my father when he was young (62). It's been two years and I still think of him everyday. I am sure it is nice for you to know that your father was happy about his life experience's when he died. Joanna
Angie wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 9:48 AM
What a special gift you have been given in life to have had a father who meant so much to you and know he was a special man. Some never even have an idea of what that is like. What a gift from God! I know you will treasure all your special memories as you grieve the loss of your father. I'm so sorry for you heartache right now. I know that since I'm in a different time zone, I didn't get this e-mail until I'm way too late past the 30 people but I'm responding anyway. Now that I have both of my kids in school, I want to get back into my watercolor painting. I miss it and there is such a longing in my heart to paint in a way that completely pulls me into my work. I also want all of my work to take on more of a direction of purpose, whether it be mixed media, art quilting, painting, book arts... I've also just pulled out fabrics recently. It had been a while. I've made a few postcards for FFAC and really enjoyed working with the size so I want to play with my fabric more!
Angie wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 9:49 AM
I just posted thinking my website would automatically show up since I see it but I see it didn't. So, here it is:
Lelainia wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 10:22 AM
I am working on teaching myself how to use Photoshop cs2 because I have been dying to learn digital collage. SO far I have made two collages, which I posted on my blog. I now have PS for Dummies and I plan to work on this over the next little while. I won't give up paper collage, but I would like to add more tricks to my bag!
Debbie Smith wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 10:39 AM
Wow to have accomplished all your goals at such a good age as that and to be satisfied for the end results. I am doing what i can with the postcards for the FFAC and it has consumed me, I am compelled to do this. The postcards I make are more mixed media than quiltart but there are people who do like what I make. Like another said there has been over 30 replies but like her I just received my newsletter and hoping some that replied is not wanting the package but just replying. Take care. Debbie
Helen Diminno wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 10:46 AM
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have a very ill mother-in-law and I can't imagine losing her. I am glad to hear that you have found some strength in this difficult time. I am working on eliminating my fear of failure which keeps causing me to delay trying all of the wonderful ideas and techniques I have learned. I have commited to making a small journal quilt every month and in particular would like to try free-motion machine embroidery.
cathy erickson wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 10:55 AM
I wish you and your family the best. I know how hard it is to loose someone close. When one of my close friends died it seemed as if all the quilts and drawings I did had black backgrounds. My love is micro quilting in small locations on art quilts and also in doing bobbin threadplay. I read some of the blogs and wanted to say that I, too, am fascinated with photoshop CS2 as well as the older versions of this program. It is great for doing quilt designs on the computer. In my most recent quilt, the program was used to abstract the image of photo of steps leading from a garden.
Joni King wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 11:27 AM
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your father. Words all seem trite and so often repeated, even the carefully chosen, precious and sincerely expressed. But the sentiment is true. Please know that, despite the fact that we are strangers, having a daughter's heart, I share your grief and that my invisible hand is on your shoulder in comfort and encouragement. Although he is gone too soon, your father's friend gave you the gift of knowing how your dad viewed his life, that he was "one of the lucky ones." Although you feel the pain of loss, you can also celebrate. That satisfaction he knew is denied to so many! It is my prayer that you keep your new perspective and are as fulfilled in life as your father was. I will also testify that creating art is wonderful grief therapy. After experiencing a loss, I turned to calligraphy to express my turmoil. Because following the letter forms is a rather a laborious process, it helped me to voice my sorrow - and the myriad of emotions that accompanied it - picking and choosing the words in a concise, powerful, and cleansing way. My dear friend, who has repeatedly suffered tragic loss, says that only art keeps her sane. I am certain I'm not one of the first 30 to post, but I'll tell you what my artistic pleasure has been in the last year or so. I have enjoyed learning photoshop skills (it never ends) and combining digital manipulation with textural items for a finished art piece. The ability to re-size and place an image, make it blend with other components, command the colors, the transparency etc. and finally adding scripts and one of a kind embellishments that compliment it is a truly satisfying medium for me. With tears and encouragement, joni
Darlene Koppel wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 12:30 PM
I hope you are doing a little bit better now. I know that grieving takes time. (I can't find the earlier post I sent to you.) To answer your question, I am trying to improve my sketching skills. I find that mixed media and drawing can work really well together. Take care, Darlene
Nick Coman wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 2:51 PM
What a gift to have someone so close to your father to relay that information to you. I'm working on my abstraction. Small quilts, fiber pieces, and even putting it into fabric for wearables... I have a background in clothing, and am moving back in that direction,while at the same time diving head first in to the "Art quilting" area. I love it all. Nick
Sioux wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 4:28 PM
Well, I mis-read the email and replied to your email...just now realized what I did wrong, but I'm going to go ahead and tell you what I'm doing What special skill or series of work are you interested in perfecting or studying at the moment? Making creative journals? Free-motion quilting? Handmade books? Fabric bowls? Tell us what you’re doing, and if you have a website or blog to show us your work make sure to include the link. Right now I am working one quilting. I have just completed my first machine pieced lap quilt for my granddaughter's 13th birthday. I used machine embrodery for the middle block with her name and a flower deisgn. I intend to machine quilt it, and I immediately hope to begin a turning twenty quilt for my youngest daughter. I am, at the same time, working on several mixed media collages.
Donna Funnell wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 8:06 PM
Hi Pokey, I am so sorry that you lost your dad. My thoughts are with you.I am working on a silent auction fabric journal called Flexability for Osteoporosis Canada. For each page I created a thought using the letters of Flexability. I embroidered,quilted, photo transferred,added ribbon,vintage lace etc. I used Pam Sussman's book for inspiration. This journal will be auctioned at the Oshawa Fibre Art Show and sale from Set.16 to 24. My other work can be viewed at Hope you will visit my group's website.
Terri Takacs wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 10:36 PM
I understand what you are going through. my mom-in-law died of lung cancer in almost the same time frame as your Dad 4 yrs ago. It seemed overnight she was gone. One thing that stood out to me was at the moment of death....her entire face changed and even the feeling in the room went from utter sadness to peace. She was not a religous person but there was no denying she was in the arm's of our Lord.God bless you as you go through the process of grief. It offer's growth and wisdom like no other "season" in life :) To answer your question ~ I am interested in Bright colored fabric and beading. I am tired of the dark color's! Except for black which is such a lovely backdrop to everything! And I just can't stop lovin' hanky's! They make me giddy inside!I also GREATLY appreciate simple step by step instruction's.All the play by play detail's are important to know but I'm much more likely to jump in and try it if this is all accompanied by the simple step by step.Best Regard's ~ Terri
heather buysse wrote
on 10 Sep 2006 10:59 PM
Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss; it's good you are already working through it constructively. I'm probably not in the top 30 respondents, but would like to add my two cents anyway. I would like to become more adept at pulling a project together. I suppose that ties in with becoming more familiar with the principles of design. Your interview with Rosalie Dace in the Fall 2006 issue of Quilting Arts reinforced the need for a working knowledge of design principles. Rosalie's work is absolutely exquisite. I love her "beach walk" quilt. I too love the sea and am trying to emulate sea foam on fabric. I'm also going to try really hard to start quilting for real (?) with an art quilt journal. I'll be referring back to Maria Elkins' article about quilt journals, also in the current issue of QA. Finally, I'm also working on paper/paint collages and trying out different art doll patterns. The Fall 2006 issue of QA is the best yet, in my opinion. QA keeps me abreast of new techniques,products, trends and artists on the cutting edge of fiber artistry.Your hard work and the staff's hard work really shine through the pages of the magazine. Heather B
Pat Smith wrote
on 11 Sep 2006 8:32 AM
I want to do fabric and bead collage, fancy hand and machine stitching - altered books and - - -The list goes on and on - and the days are too short! Bury yourself in your work for a while - that will help.
Robin Parton wrote
on 11 Sep 2006 10:00 AM
I am currently trying to improve my free motion quilting, trying new designs and improving my stitch length. I tend to use too small a stitch length which is ok in some applications but not in others. I am also doing lots of postcards and have recently begun some artist trading cards and fabric books. There are so many things to try and so little time to do them all for me. You do have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father, my family has been through that twice in the last couple of years. Robin Parton
Normajean Brevik wrote
on 11 Sep 2006 11:09 AM
Hi Pokey, Yes, it is important to live life to the fullest, your cup is half full, not half empty. As for my pursuits... #1 "having more of my work published" ;-) and #2"art quilt competitions". I hear that you will be serving on the SAQA BOD soon. That's terrific! Hugs, Normajean
Jane LaFazio wrote
on 13 Sep 2006 1:57 PM
So sorry to hear about your dad. Sonny's comment really touched me too, we really have to live our own lives to the fullest and I'm so thankful that your dad felt he had done that. Love the photo of you all on the boat. My current passion is sketching in my journal, nearly everyday, and then posting it to my blog. I'd also like to do more with organza, and old stuff. I'd like to bring more of my painting skill into my art quilts. “What I do today is important because I am paying a day of my life for it. What I accomplish must be worthwhile because the price is high.” Jane LaFazio
Jean Fengler wrote
on 14 Sep 2006 9:30 PM
I know I am at the tail, tail end of this -- but, of course, I would like to address the passing of your Father. You will find, with the passing of time, it just gets easier. You will find times when you are certain he is with you -- and those in the know -- that work with grief and religious institutions believe a loved one's presence is very, very real, and not to be discounted. I have something that I am working on, but more importantly, I wonder if we could not create art cards to sell for an wonderful organization in here that that cares for the great, great numbers of orphans there and is helping to rebuild the Catholic Church. Many of these children were orphaned as the result of sad, sad circumstances. The people that help them are beyond dedicated and tireless. The title of the organization is Queen of the Apostles Mission Association. This is what I would like to work on, if any of you are takers -- you will find the organization listed on the web under the acronymn of QAMA. I know one of the men who had dedicated his life to these children, and they are always in need -- so I do wonder if we might start some of the art cards for their organization?
Art Tea Life wrote
on 18 Sep 2006 7:56 PM
oh my gosh I didn't know and came here for something else and read of your loss I am so very very sorry and my heart breaks for you This is such a sad time for you I hope you will be well. Love, S.
Inge Nielsen wrote
on 18 Sep 2006 11:27 PM
I am experimenting with painting on fabric, discharging, and free motion quilting, and to apply it all to clothing. I am a member of an exciting group, The Wowsers,[Wonder of Wearables] we meet once a month throughout the year, and we inspire, inform, teach and experiment, it is so very exciting. I am so sorry for your loss, I also lost my father, when he was too young, but I feel him around me constantly, and it is now 35 years ago. Inge
Carolyn Gavranich wrote
on 25 Sep 2006 3:15 PM
I just discovered your blog as I was trying to renew my Quilting Arts subscription. I have been quilting for a few years now, and have tried many different techniques. Currently I want to get back to making fabric bowls and try doing fabric vases. I've made them before and they are great gifts. I want to use more batiks and hand dyed fabrics and try to replicate the look of blown glass bowls.
elizabeth beck wrote
on 27 Sep 2006 1:59 PM
OH! ....i have been so busy doing art that i have not been keeping up with the blog! shame on me ....i'm sure i'm too late to get the surprise...... but, i would love help with altered is one of those things where i am sure i am trying to invent the wheel......figuring it out as i go along......rather than reading up on it and following tried and true practices......i want a beautiful altered book and i usually end up with my favorite pages stuck together and a mess rather than anything lovely......i am a book girl, a reader, a bibliophile, and yet, i've never made an altered book that i adore...... a bit of my art is on the flickr site below......i love cps...... e. beck
Kathleen wrote
on 27 Sep 2006 4:23 PM
Dear Patricia, I'm so sorry about your Dad. It's a tough time to go through. When I experienced the loss of my Mom, I found that making beautiful things made me happy even while I was grieving and I hope it does the same for you. I enjoy learning about all of the different artists and techniques. Keep up the good work. Sincerly, Kathleen
Shelley Gaines wrote
on 9 Oct 2006 2:59 PM
I love your work and all your ideas! I wish I had been one of the 30 people. Let me know if you are extending it. I would love to try it. Keep up the beautiful work you do!
Meg Rogers wrote
on 13 Oct 2006 8:49 AM
Pokie, I just logged on and saw your post about your father. I am so sorry - my father died 2 years ago of lung cancer at age 79 - also way too young in my mind. Your attitude is wonderful - I wish I'd been able to be where you are at 2 years ago. I know what a painful time this is for you. Know that I and many are others are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.