Jul 10, 2017

Bare Tree

 Bare Tree

Already I have shed the leaves of youth,
stripped by the wind of time down to the truth
of winter branches. Linear and alone
I stand, a lens for lives beyond my own,
a frame through which another’s fire may glow,
a harp on which another’s passion, blow.

The pattern of my boughs, an open chart
spread on the sky, to others may impart
its leafless mysteries that I once prized,
before bare roots and branches equalized,
tendrils that tap the rain or twigs the sun
are all the same, shadow and substance one.
Now that my vulnerable leaves are cast aside,
there’s nothing left to shield, nothing to hide.

Blow through me, Life, pared down at last to bone,
so fragile and so fearless have I grown!

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
from The Unicorn and Other Poems 

To remember this Tree, the Phoenix finally complete
Olympic Peachtree II:   Donated to Trees Atlanta 2016

 I look to these days, and what is true.  
The love of those I cherish, the grateful stitching of my story

The whole world in a peach tree.

This is a favorite bird I love to include.

Cate's Roses at Intown Quilters. www.intownquilters.com

Cate is a dear friend and Callan's godmother.  She waited decades for me to finish this wedding quilt. I try not to overthink, but I'm not always successful. 


These baby quilts come together fast.

Sea and Sky was sold at Kudzu

 Story Quilt for Luna Mae Wright, 2016

  I put as many story prints as possible in the mix.  
I love that babies will discover new things as they grow. And the stories are told.  
The next colors and stories are always waiting in the back of my head.


A wedding quilt for Elissa and Erick Olney, married 2016
Mariel collaborated on this one, with her love and wishes for a lifetime of happiness.  

Nov 18, 2015


Poppy I

Thanks Lindsay for the batik petal and Deb Lacativa for the vintage linen.

These poppies are made with 6.5" X 8.5" rectangles.  The curved poppy petals are as random and free as possible.  All kinds of stitches make them move,  I think. 

This was taken on St Simon's Island.  Sea breezes make conjuring poppies a dream.
Jennilee and Mariel in Corrosion Specialties File Room,  Jennilee, being our youngest Dorothy of Oz, inspired the poppies.  I inserted this photo much later, to finish this Poppy story. 

I always need stitching for our travels and a Britex visit when we get to San Francisco.

My ongoing Satellite Stitching...

I spend quite a bit of time commuting to my accounting job in Duluth, GA.  It's 12 miles on I-85 North, then three miles on Satellite Boulevard.  The good news is Satellite is an interesting road. Countless Red Lights, this Aviation Maintenance facility and right up the road, a 30' tall replica of the Eiffel tower.  This sight will be different the next time I drive by, considering the way of this world.  Stitching through it is for my own sanity.

This beauty had paint cans inside the blue vents so it wouldn't fly away unattended. 

My old faithful 6.5" x 8.5" ruler also makes T-Shirt quilts much easier.  I use the blocks to balance both the colors and ultimate size.   
Design Fun:  Nine Blocks wide X Ten Blocks long = 54" X 80", practically perfect golden ratio = 54/80 = .675 Cozy and still fits under my Janome work horse.

Leah Kuma's quilt below is ten blocks tall (80") so I can spend time with towers of color and not technique.  A couple of vertical strips help anchor the quilt.

Grace Clark's collection also used vertical columns of blocks to make it work.  This one is framed on all sides by the KFC purple and brown print, somewhat roping in the red and blue shirts.  Yee Haw!
Leah Kuma

Grace Clark 

 Jenni's Field of Poppies

Sep 13, 2015

Roses with Rosie

These Roses grow up a garden trellis.  Rosie doesn't care for my quilts, but is a good walking companion.  

Inspired and made for Kay's garden.  

  Rosie:  Lakeside High School, Class of 2015

These yellow Roses are for AnnElise's baby daughter Jane.  

Cal helped with these softer colors.

Paul and Mariel DeYonker,  Callan, Matt and me,  July 8, 2015
My family had the joy of traveling together this summer.  Here we are at Hofbrau House in Munich. Cal's partner Johnny was missed here so I made a toast to him being with us for the next trip. 

I'm always looking for fabrics and inspiration.  These bundles below were found in Hallstatt, Austria in a shop filled with locally made products.  These remnants from dirndls will always bring me back to this place.  I'm very grateful.

Our hotel room deck.  Dreamy view.

In Vienna, we saw many of Gustav Klimt's paintings.  "The Kiss,"among many masterpieces,  is part of the permanent collection of Winter Palace Belvedere.  
I've seen my future quilts in his work.

No photography was allowed here. This is my photo of a gift shop postcard. 

Callan leads tours and creates artistic opportunities at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia.  I was happy to help with a Traveling Art Museum suitcase for Kindergarten students.  She filled my drawstring bags with Art prints and creative activities to allow each child a unique experience. 

Meanwhile, here is Winky #7.  He was made for Mariel's mother-in-law Ann DeYonker, commissioned by Rod, for their anniversary. 
Three houses for Jimmy, Paul and Reilly. 

It's difficult for me to make blog posts.  Where is the stopping point? Where's my camera?
Who looks at this?  This journal page, made years ago, has become the focus of my next project.  Organza printed photo is from a trip to Colorado, with hand dyed fabric stones.  I'm putting this same quote in another quilt.

Here's my mom, Paula Pyle Baker, with her sister Suzanne Enzfelder.  She's getting dressed for the rehearsal dinner for Mariel and Paul's wedding, June, 2013.  I love this smile...  Suzanne's love and care for my mom will forever warm my soul.  

Gran beamed throughout the festivities.  Joy abounds.

Jun 8, 2015

Turtles Rule the World

Turtle finds the sun

I'm happy to say I've found a manufacturer for my 6.5" X 8.5" ruler!  
It's my favorite size block and I have MANY to play with.  

Now it's easier to continue my Kandinsky circle obsession...  
This one is a waterlily. 

Stacks of Colors
Twenty Five Log Cabins with One Rose
 These two baby quilts are 30"X40" with twenty five blocks.   

#DecaturArtsFestival T-Shirt Revival with a coupla Roses
On to the next T-Shirt commission...
Georgia Red Clay is evidence of Soccer prowess in the Star below.  This had to be an important T-shirt Memory so I added some Copper.  These fabs keep the energy going.

6X8 with rays of light for Grace

For daughter Callan's thirtieth birthday this past May, I made this Green River*.  I will someday make CURVES in the water, but for now I like the ease of Green for movement. 

With Johnny

I can't stop loving this...

And  being thrilled that I can add a soundtrack to my photos!

This "Fruitful" creation is finally done.  Enuf!  It's a joke!  Accounting just covers my fabric budget. 
Continuing My Favorite Quilt theme of Love... 

and blooming with CONGRATULATIONS and wishes for a Lifetime of happiness, I made this wedding quilt.  Laura & Taylor, married in June, live on Tybee Island.  Cal helped choose these colors.  
Here I am forcing my coworkers Kyle and Walter to hold this before the UPS truck arrives.

Art and Work together at Corrosion Specialties

Thanks to Mary Williams, Melinda Rushing and Picasso. Frame a magical CURBSIDE rescue.
* Thanks to John Fogerty too!

Dec 15, 2014

Warmth and Love

I find myself as busy as I'd like to be.  And focusing on what brightens my path, so to speak.  

This Trip around the World quilt is large and NOW I see the photo is wonky. I had to stand over a ladder to get the photo.  This commission was a fulfilling experience, connecting these colors and places.  The T-Shirts from Turkey, NYC and Egypt allowed bold connecting prints.  Thanks to the color guys for the blue.

Thanks also to Amelia Island Quilters for encouragement and inspiration.

This next photo is from our dining room gallery show at www.stonesoupkitchen.net  (also on Facebook).  It was quite an honor and us  www.encoreproductionsatl.com  girls and friends festooned the Patio with paper lanterns.  All during the Atlanta Belt Line Lantern parade.  Many are still shining. 

Man combs his mustache with a fork;  Sally and Helen unaware.

Otherwise, I'm still playing with Kandinsky's Roses
Flowers for Aiming Sun Allen

Me and Kelley Jo with Bill Murray

With thanks to Fred Babb and Robin Melroy.

So much has happened this year, it's easier to say less.  A year of Loss, and the healing power of Creating things.  Making Art for the sheer joy of it.  To replenish your soul. 

Apr 18, 2014

Kandinsky Roses

New Studio with a Morning Sun view.  Ikea cart LOVE on the right.

I feel a bit pretentious to align my playing with fabrics to Kandinsky's mastery of color and balance.  I find his work very inspiring and these Roses grew from his Circles. The interplay is lively and interesting to me.    

This Rose Quilt's rectangular block structure allows me to throw around blossoms of color without too much concern for technique. All along the garden grid.  This is for Julia and Asher's Asheville wedding, May 3.  Her Mom Jude helped with the colors.

btw I'd love to find someone who works in acrylic to make a perfectly sized 6.5" X 8.5" Ruler.  Often I want to focus on one block from fabric yardage and need two rulers to carve out the rectangle.  Here is the Stack I've accumulated.

Kandinsky Roses with stack of colors for Quilts to Be.

The same roses made this for Ann DeYonker.  She's my daughter Mariel's Lovely and loving Mother-in-law so here's her bouquet of roses.  Ann's son Paul is the newest member of our family.  We celebrate his 30th birthday April 19.

Mariel and Callan hold it for my photo.
Mariel didn't care for the antique floral inner border I had also used in the center.  I replaced it for nine center blocks.  Go figure.
Paul's 30th Birthday Collection
And Jules' 1939 Oscars GWTW
 Both Paul and Jules' quilts continue others I've done in the past.  Paul's fabs from he and Mel's wedding and Jules' 1939 Oscar Quilt includes film strips from Hayden's in 2010.  Both get help in cohesion by framing with Indigo. 

I found several Japanese indigos in San Francisco at Britex.  I Love how my fabrics remind me of travels.   These quilts both include flower prints from Hawaii and Mel's friend Colette (thanks)
The Gryffindor crest, with blue diamonds, is for Paul's wife, Ms. Diamond, and our travels to Harry Potter world. Florabama is a bar on Orange Beach, AL.  He and Mel have been there many times.
I now call this type T-Shirt quilt the Clean out the Closet.

The dancing fabric borders bring all the Track and Field events together.

 And finally, this T-Shirt quilt is just finished using Fred Babb's "Art Can't Hurt You."  Thanks Robin Melroy for the well worn shirt.  And also your help during our past Gathering of Artists.

 Back to the Morning Sun Studio!