Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Four New "Large Lancet Windows"

(Above:  Four new Large Lancet Windows leaning against the chancel railing and waiting to go to the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

I'm really pleased with these first four "Fiber Stained Glass" pieces created in my new studio.  It took a little time to find everything and establish some sort of work flow but I really do think this new space is going to be as ideal as I first imagined.  Yet, some of my "normal" habits didn't quite work out!  I forgot to take photos of two of the four pieces!  Oh well!  It's too late now!  All four were taken to the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville where I've been represented for over a decade.  I hope, however, that in the future I remember this important step!

(Above:  Large Lancet Window VII.  Framed:  20" x 50".  Layers of polyester stretch velvet fused on black recycled felt with free-motion machine stitching and unique melting techniques. $900.)

I created two vertical pieces, one horizontal piece, and one geometric design that can be hung in either orientation.  Best of all, I used my brand new wood burning tool!  Why?  Well, wouldn't you know it!  My M.M. Newman miniature soldering iron was malfunctioning.  It just wasn't getting as hot as it normally got.  Perhaps it just didn't want to move to this textile mill church. Perhaps it was about to "die".  They do this after several years!  In desperation, I called the company and ordered a replacement, but I also asked if they had a tool that got even hotter than their G Model which gets up to 750 degrees.  (They have larger soldering irons that get hotter but I want the miniature tips!)

(Above:  Detail of Large Lancet VII.)

Well, the salesman was interested in what I was doing.  I directed him to my website.  He was impressed and suggested the wood burning tool ... but with a needle nose tip instead of the standard tip.  This tool gets to 800 degrees.  What a difference fifty degrees make!  I am so happy!











(Above:  Large Lancet VI. Framed:  20" x 50".  Layers of polyester stretch velvet fused on black recycled felt with free-motion machine stitching and unique melting techniques. $900.)

Each piece is hand-stitched to an oversized, acid free mat board and put into a frame with "spacers" so that it doesn't come in contact with the glass.  The glass is special too.  It's "crystal clear" framing glass.  78% UV filtering and anti-reflective.  I could have snapped photos of the other two pieces even after they were in their frames because there's almost no reflection ... but ... like I said ... I forgot! 

(Above:  Detail of Large Lancet VI.)

In the coming days, I will likely have to spend time fusing WonderUnder/Pellon 805 to several yards of polyester stretch velvet.  These four exhausted several different colors in my stash. Pre-work seems to always be necessary after the success of making so many new pieces!

(Above:  Detail of Large Lancet VI.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Three recently finished Found Object Mandalas

(Above:  Mandala CLXXXI. Custom framed: 32" x 32".  Found objects hand-stitched to the back of an antique quilt.  Found objects include:  A copper pastry mold; poker chips; small lamp prisms; keys; wooden honey tasters; vintage, cardboard yogurt lids; clear plastic Christmas tree light additions; brass bamboo knives and iced tea spoons; four, antique key-hole covers; laminated Tampa Nugget cigar bands; copper-colored coffee pods; purple plastic lids; large screw eyes; clear, plastic comb clips; bread closure tabs; Delta faucet covers; pink, permanent hair curlers; a set of eight, vintage, pastel colored, aluminum beverage coasters; and assorted buttons. $900.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

During the past two or three weeks, I've been stitching on several Found Object Mandalas.  They all got framed on the same day.  Why?  Well ... since moving into the Cateechee mill village church, we lost the privilege of having framing supplies from our distributor delivered directly to us on a weekly basis.  Yet, we've made a nice relationship with a small framing shop in nearby Liberty, South Carolina.  We can now order supplies (including the thin stretcher bars on which I mount my mandalas) and have them delivered there.  

This mandala used the back of a beautiful double wedding ring quilt.  The quilt was once gorgeous, totally hand-stitched, and was absolutely loved.  It was used so much that most of the front was in dreadful shape.  Tattered.  Only the corners were in suitable shape.  Yet, the back was a lovely, soft yellow and perfect for this larger mandala.

(Mandala CLXXXII.  Custom framed:  21" x 21". Found objects hand-stitched to a corner of an antique double wedding ring quilt.  Found objects include:  A small piece of porcelain; gold spoons; paper binder rings; thimbles; wooden clothespins; poker chips; four, brass belt buckles; and assorted buttons. $425.)

One corner of this double wedding ring quilt was perfect for this small mandala.  I hope to use the other corners soon.  There are plenty of detail images of all three of these recently finished mandalas at the end of this post ... so ... keep on scrolling!

(Above:  Mandala CLXXXIII. Custom framed: 22" x 22". Found objects hand-stitched to a block of an antique quilt.  Found objects include:  A glass floral frog; small, wooden clothespins; glass lamp prisms; six, blue-and-white ceramic lamp parts; child-proof socket plugs; vintage, cardboard yogurt lids; keys; sewing machine needle cases; poker chips; Delta faucet covers; casino chips; and assorted buttons. $450.)

The quilt used for this mandala came from the same person as the double wedding ring quilt.  Both were beautifully made but in tattered condition.  Over the surface of each mandala ... before stitching anything on the quilt ... I've put a layer of bridal tulle/netting.  It isn't really obvious in these images and it isn't really obvious in person either!  It's just a nearly invisible layer that protects the fragile seams and threadbare fabric.  This layer allows me to use quilts that are well beyond their use as a bed covering.  It allows me to "give second life" to these handmade textiles while paying homage to their anonymous makers.

(Above:  Mandala CLXXXI as seen from an angle.)
(Above:  Detail of Mandala CLXXXI.)
(Above:  Mandala CLXXXII as seen from an angle.)
(Above:  Detail of Mandala CLXXXII.)
(Above:  Mandala CLXXXIII as seen from an angle.)
(Above:  Detail of Mandala CLXXXIII.)


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Four Large Lancet Windows in Progress

(Above:  The first of four Large Lancet Windows under construction this week.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

Finally I've found myself able to actually start constructing the four Large Lancet Windows that have been planned for months.  Steve even built the needed frames before we moved!  I had the designs ready but just wasn't in a place to start until this past week.  A natural rhythm was established almost immediately ... as if I've always worked in this new, sanctuary-sized studio.  

(Above:  Another vertical Large Lancet Window.)

Each one is constructed on a piece of recycled, black industrial felt.  It's really the same thing as the synthetic felt sold in big box stores.  Yet, this felt was once the packaging material that protected a kayak or canoe in transit from a manufacturer to my friend's outdoor shop.  On the felt is layers of polyester stretch velvet.  All the material has been previously prepped.  Wonder Under (Pellon 805) was ironed to the reverse.  I hand cut the shapes and fuse them together.

(Above:  A horizontal Large Lancet Window in progress.)

These pieces are headed to the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville.  They really like having both vertical and horizontal pieces.  So ... I am creating two verticals, one horizontal, and one (below) that can be hung in either orientation.  

(Above:  A Large Lancet Window that can be hung either vertically or horizontally.)

I've finished all the constructions and have applied strips of chiffon scarves and/or bridal tulle over the surface.  This addition makes it easier for my machine to stitch over the uneven surfaces.  Today, I finished all the free motion stitching.  I use only 100% cotton, black thread.  Tomorrow, I'll staple the first one to its stretcher bar and start melting holes through the synthetic layers using my various sized soldering irons.  With any luck, these will all be finished in time to deliver them to the Grovewood next weekend.  Thank goodness I'm now a full-time artist!  It'll be hours and hours of work this week but I truly love doing it!

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Cascade or the Lace Forest, in progress

(Above:  Me ... stitching in my sanctuary-sized studio on Cascade/The Lace Forest.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

For more than two weeks, I've returned to the installation started back in October during a two-week art residency at Bethany Arts Community.  It's called Cascade or The Lace Forest.  I'm keeping both names but will likely only use one or the other when showing the work.  Why?  Well ... if suspended from a ceiling in a way to allow viewers to walk through and around the individual strands, then its a "forest".  If hung tightly together against a wall, then it would better resemble a cascading waterfall.  (Click HERE to visit one of the blog posts I wrote from the art residency.  It explains my process and inspiration.)

(Above:  Cascade/The Lace Forest ... some time early last week.)

Even before starting to stitch, I was working on this installation. First, I was thrilled to have enough space to actually look through all the vintage and antique linens in my stash.  Having this big, sanctuary-sized studio is WONDERFUL.  Second, I spent at least six or seven evenings cutting up the stash into strips.  I filled two, very large plastic tubs.  Finally, I started stitching the strips onto the one-inch in diameter upholstery cording.  Each finished strand has been hung from the railing in my choir loft. 

I have had plenty of help with this project.  Above is Mr. Minnie guarding one of the tubs.

Later, Ernie took over guard duty.

Earlier this week, I had seven strands hanging.  Right now ... while I am typing this blog post, there are thirteen finished strands.  Fifteen were stitched during the art residency.  I think I have a great start on a "forest" and definitely enough for a descent "waterfall", but my aim is to create fifty.  I think I have enough crochet, lace, damaged tablecloths, ribbon, and other usable material (though I'm not quite sure and can eagerly accept any that is sent my way!)

I truly love this installation.  The details are wonderful.  I think that it will be a fabulous experience for people, and I'm especially thrilled that it is already headed to an invitational show called Rising Up! A Multi-Cultural Celebration of Stitched Fine Art at Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha's Vineyard, MA.  Most exciting is that Steve and I are driving to the venue, helping install the work, and staying through the opening reception.  The exhibit runs from June 23 to July 21, 2024. The opening reception is on Sunday, June 23 from 4-6 pm!  I am grateful and happy!  

If I hadn't set up The Cabinet of Curiosities and my two walls on which I've hung small artworks, I could get a better photo of the strands as they are hanging.  Still ... this is likely the first shot from "inside my studio!"

Still ... my unique studio does have this interesting view from the atrium!  Believe it or not, there are three doors from the atrium into the sanctuary!

I can wait to install!


Sunday, May 05, 2024

New work and establishing a new routine!

(Above:  First Communion.  Click on any image to enlarge ... some more than others! LOL!)

I purchased this special, hand-tinted, anonymous photo weeks ago at the Pickens County flea market.  It was fused to fabric and hand-stitched embellishments were applied for several evenings.  I posted it on Facebook and Instagram (April 23rd) with this caption: Just finished! This is "First Communion", vintage hand-colored photograph with embroidery. Framed: 18 3/4" x 16 3/4". Available for $275 plus sales tax and shipping. She's definitely ONE OF A KIND! 

(Above:  The Newly Weds. Anonymous, vintage photo with hand-stitched embellishments in an antique walnut frame with outer dimensions 13" x 11".)

Two days ago, I posted The Newly Weds to social media.  That's when I started to realize that my creative routine needed to be realigned.  Back in Columbia, I was in the habit of posting first to this blog.  Why?  Well, this is where my heart and mind really are.  This is where I prefer to share my work.  This is where I can later find images, information and back stories/statements that include inspiration and other details that might later escape my memory.  My blog has always served me well.  Countless times, I've linked a post when writing to a curator, an interested client, or just someone posing a question that requires a lengthy explanation (which is covered in the blog post.)  I love this blog.  Yet, posting to social media on my iPhone is easier and the routine that was once "habit" got lost during the move to Cateechee.  

(Above: Patchwork #124. Framed: 60 1/2" x 20 1/2".  Scraps of vintage and antique quilts, crocheted elements, fabric yoyos, appliqued butterflies, Battenburg lace, and assorted buttons hand-stitched together and then tacked to a black frame.)
There are sensible reasons for this disruption.  My desktop computer is now on the second floor of our new place.  My laptop is on the first floor.  (The opposite was true in Columbia, but in both places, my studio is on the lower level).  The desktop is not updated to Windows 10 or above.  Why?  Well, the desktop has Photoshop and the old version of QuickBooks.  To update means these programs don't work.  We'd have to subscribe to Photoshop instead of being able to use the program we have owned since before this blog started in 2006.  The same with QuickBooks.  (The laptop has the new PhotoElements.)  My iPhone, however, is not compatible with this old system. Plus, we are now living in an area that might never get high speed connections.  We are on a rather slow satellite service but using our iPhone's unlimited data hotspots. Basically, there's plenty of technical obstacles to overcome and a need to consciously map out a plan that gets me posting on my blog before social media.  Why?  Because I WANT THIS BLOG to maintain the continuity it has always enjoyed.  If I accidentally forget to post something to social media ... well ... it is forgotten within a day or two and doesn't matter.  To me, the blog matters!  So ... here's to my attempt to start blogging first!

(Above:  Detail of Patchwork 124.)

Today I finished mounting and photographing the piece started during Artista Vista 2024.  It began as a community crazy quilt public art project.  I blogged about it HERE.  Over a decade ago, I did a couple of public stitch events that just didn't satisfy me.  Sure, the public got the experience of stitching.  Sure, people enjoyed it.  Laughter and shared stories filled the few hours but later ... nothing happened.  The work never materialized into "anything".  So ... now I put together pieces that I know I will finish!  With intention, the project is laid out to become part of an installation.  This piece is part of my ongoing Patchwork Installation.  It is the same size at the earlier community crazy quilt public art event that was done at Bethany Arts Community while I was an artist-in-residence there last October.  (Click HERE for another blog post!)

(Above:  Selfie at the 20th annual Reedy River Duck Derby in downtown Greenville.)

Being able to link earlier blog posts is important to me.  Most art residency programs want some sort of community engagement.  Being able to document successful events with just a few fingertip clicks makes it obvious that the project is viable and that any new one will be equally shared!  Now ... I am determined to stick to my new routine ... going upstairs to download images from my phone, crop and color correct them on Photoshop, label them properly and create searchable folders, and BLOG.  Downstairs, the laptop will remain important for the reason I bought it.  It is there that I write my daily Morning Pages, a habit started in 2007 after my second experience going through Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way.  Yes!  I write at least five times each and every week.  I know what I was doing, thinking, and planning at any given time for more than that last fifteen years!

(Above and below:  Photos from the 20th Annual Reedy River Duck Derby.)

I am aware that much of this blog post must give the impression that I'm some sort of frustrated historian.  I am! LOL!  Yet, I like to have fun too!  Yesterday, Steve and I went to the rotary fundraiser known as the 20th Annual Reedy River Duck Derby in downtown Greenville.  The waterfall is one listed on my Upstate waterfall guide but there really wasn't a hike involved. 

We watched the ducks leave their upstream enclosure ...

... and then walked to the area where they were being scooped up by plastic crates and dumped into trash cans ... until next year.  We assume that the small tube projecting from the mass of ducks (photo above) are the winning ducks.  Every duck was "adopted" and numbered.  It was $10 per duck but there were discounts for multiple duck adoptions.  The top prize was "groceries for a year" donated by Publix grocery store.  Second was $2500.  There were plenty of lower level prizes too.  We did not win but had an absolutely marvelous time!

Friday, May 03, 2024

The Found Object Target

(Above:  Found Object Mandala CLXXX, The Target. Custom framed: 39 1/2" x 39 1/2".  Found and spray-painted toy soldiers and assorted buttons hand-stitched to the back of a vintage quilt.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

This mandala started about three or even four months ago.  At Bill Mishoe's auction (back in Columbia!), I was the successful bidder on a table lot of plastic military toys.  There were airplanes and tanks and all sorts of game pieces, but there were dozens of unopened bags of soldiers.  I knew while I was bidding what I would do.  After all, I've stitched practice targets before.  Ready, Aim, Fire! is blogged HERE.  This piece was part of the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) global traveling exhibit, Guns: Loaded Conversations. A Midwestern lawyer saw it and commissioned another one.  

(Above:  Mandala CLXXX, detail.)

Thankfully, no one else at the auction wanted these things.  There were actually three filled tables.  When the first table didn't bring an opening bid, Bill Mishoe combined all three.  I got everything for under twenty dollars.  Most of it, I gave away or exchanged for a couple bucks to a few people who just didn't want to haul off three tables worth of toys!  All I wanted were the soliders.

(Above:  Mandala CLXXX, detail.)

Within a few days, I went to a big box hardware store and bought the needed colors of spray paint.  The back side of a red-and-blue, bow tie quilt was then stapled to my largest stretcher bar.  I considered using the front (as I did with Mandala CLXXII) but the solid blue back just looked better.  The circle divisions were drawn on in ink.  The lines were covered with buttons.  Then, the fun began!

(Above:  Mandala CLXXX, detail.)

The spray painting was done outside ... one color at a time ... one side of the toys at a time and then flipped.  I ran out of both black and white spray paint and had to return to the hardware store for more.  Every night for weeks, soldiers were stitched tightly on top of one another.

(Above:  Mandala CLXXX, seen from an angle.)

Even though I finished this piece shortly before we moved, there wasn't the time to frame it.  We had already moved almost all of the picture frame moulding and equipment.  The work just had to wait until we were settled into our renovated Cateechee church.  Steve is calling this my "statement piece" which is sort of funny.  Like Ready, Aim, Fire! it really doesn't say much of anything.  Neither are overtly pro or con on the issue of guns.  Honestly, I would hope that this piece causes people to pause for just a moment and think about so many toys being given to innocent children and so many soldiers fighting for causes in which they may or may not believe.  I hope the piece bears witness to "too many" ... as in too many guns, too many plastic soldier toys, too many wasted lives.  I rarely want to cram my own opinions down the throats of other people ... so, if you ask me ... I might just smile and say you're supposed to make up your own mind.  Mine is already made up (and I would love to live to see the day when all guns are banned.) 

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Successful Construction Project and Two Hand-stitched In Boxes

(Above:  Me with the first two In Box Series pieces finished here at the Cateechee Mouse House!  Click on any image to enlarge.)

I finished the hand-stitching on both these pieces long before we moved on March 4th.  Both were stitched while I was riding in the cargo van ... going back and forth from Columbia to Cateechee ... but I never took my heat gun to them, never got them off the stretcher bar, mounted, framed, and photographed until yesterday.  Steve and I have been rather busy ... unpacking, working around the ever-so-neglectful contractor's unfinished work, cleaning, setting up my studio, figuring out how the space would function, and also tackling a construction project of our own.  (Additional information and detailed photos of these two pieces is further below!  Please keep reading and scrolling down!)

(Above:  Panorama of the chancel railing after Steve and I built the lower part.  Please note, this is a panorama ... which on an iPhone, curves the field of vision!  There is no curve as seen in the images below!)

Originally, this sanctuary had a stage.  From the beginning of this adventure, we knew something had to be done with this stage.  Why?  Well, the church hadn't seen a service since around 2018, and even for several years before that, it had only been used on Sundays.  The roof leaked onto the stage.  Feral cats entered the space through a broken crawl space vent. (Now closed!)  They left fleas in the dingy carpeting that covered the stage.  That carpet was probably installed when the stage was enlarged (though no one seems to know when that happened.)  From the start of our adventure, the architect's plan included the demolition of the stage.  The ever-so-neglectful contractor seemed to be ignoring this task ... until I decided to rip out the flea-infected carpet.


(Above:  The stage on the day I started ripping out the carpeting.) 

Ripping out the carpet made it obvious that the stage was once smaller.  The entire front curve was plywood.  Behind it was the same wood as the rest of the sanctuary.  The roof leak damaged the "good wood".  At this point, the contractor reluctantly agreed to the demolition.


 (Above:  After the demolition.)

Steve and I were glad that this stage was gone ... along with the fleas and the rotting wood.  A fiber arts studio really doesn't need a stage!  Yet, this area now presented other needs ... like a floor and a wall under the chancel railing!  After moving in, we contracted with a flooring company for copper colored, penny-shaped tiles.


(Above:  After Steve and I built the wall under the chancel railing and side pillars.)

After the tiling was finished, Steve and I tackled the wall under the chancel railing and pillars.  It turned out very, very well considering we were only using a jigsaw and a miter saw!  Slowly but surely, we measured, cut angles, and used our new nail gun.  We added the trim between the existing chancel railing and the new wooden panels and then added a baseboard.  Later, we added quarter round.

(Above:  Steve painting our construction project.)

Yesterday, Steve finished painting ... and it looks as if this was the way the sanctuary was built!  We are so pleased.

(Above:  In Box CDXLIII.  Framed:  19" x 15".  Embroidery floss on layers of polyester stretch velvet on black, recycled synesthetic felt with unique melting techniques. $375.)

I am really pleased to have finished these two, hand-stitched In Box pieces.  Mounting and framing them was like an exercise in "learning how to use the studio".  Steve and I asked one another questions like, "Where's the glass cutter?" and "Is the air compressor charged?", etc.  Now, we feel like we can function in this new space!  I still haven't solved the issue of "where to snap photos with even lighting" but that will come! 

(Above:  In Box CDXLIV. Framed:  19" x 15".  Embroidery floss on layers of polyester stretch velvet on black, recycled synesthetic felt with unique melting techniques. $375.) 

There is a difference between these two in the "fringe".  In one, I removed all the excess bits of melted felt.  In the other, I didn't.  I'm not sure which I like more.  If you've read this far, please leave a comment with your opinion!  Thanks!

Monday, April 22, 2024

Unpacked, new lights, and Artista Vista

(Above:  Mandala CLXXIX.  Custom framed: 25" x 25".  Found objects hand-stitched to a section of a vintage quilt. Objects include:  The front of an egg timer; clock dial; white plastic rings; blue landline telephone connectors; antique eyeglasses; blue plastic dairy lids; prisms; vintage brass belt buckles; bread closure tabs; insulin lancets; gold, plastic lids; casino chips; beer bottle lids; sewing needle cases; vintage milk and yogurt cardboard lids; brass hinges; Shiner pins; beads and assorted buttons.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

Here's a promise!  From here on out, I WILL BLOG MORE REGULARLY.  I can say this with a high level of assurance because I have finally unpacked the very last box and finished the first Found Object Mandala ... and that's "finished stitching, mounting, framing, photographing, and entering it into my inventory book.  I am so happy!  The life I envisioned over the last ten months is finally my reality!

(Above:  Detail of Mandala CLXXIX.)

This Found Object Mandala was an important part of the incentive to set up my studio in the sanctuary.  Why?  Well ... it's a commission!  The beautiful blue-and-white quilt was sent to me by a friend who splits her time between Minneapolis and Phoenix.  It was the quilt under which she slept in her childhood.  Its condition made it obvious that it was well loved ... as in very threadbare, extremely fragile, and no longer a functional blanket ... but something that she just couldn't part with.  It made every move in her adulthood, looking for its "second life".  I am so pleased to be providing it!  Along with the quilt, my friend sent the antique eyeglasses, several of the silver and brass buttons, and Shriner's pins.  These things came from her recently deceased mother-in-law.  

The stitching was done more than a week ago ... but then came several "firsts"!  The stretcher bar and frame were the first things cut and built in the framing section of the sanctuary.  The first acid-free foam-centered boards were cut.  This was the first piece mounted and first piece photographed here in Cateechee.  Obviously, this is the first piece blogged from here too. Soon, it will be the first thing packaged and shipped! 

(Above:  Ernie the Cat sitting on the choir loft's railing, overlooking the sanctuary on the day the light fixtures were rewired!)

While this piece was marking many "firsts", lots of other things have been happening.  We had the electrician rewire the sanctuary lights!  Until this time, we were using a flashlight in this area after dark!

(Above:  The church after dark ... with the newly wired sanctuary lights ON !!!)

Now ... the church looks magnificent at night!  Yet, it will soon be different.  Why?  Well, Steve and I "bit the bullet" and are having the eight, tall sanctuary windows replaced (four on each side of the building).  I know that in photographs, these windows look as if they have stained glass.  They don't.  It's multi-colored spray painted Plexiglas held in place by wood in various stages of deterioration. (The circular windows are also painted Plexiglass but the wood is in good condition.  We are not planning on changing them.)  This rather expensive job will be the last major task in our renovation of this church.  I am really looking into lots more natural light flooding my studio!  Obviously, these windows are being custom built.  We don't have a firm installation date but I will blog the transformation!

(Above:  The last box being unpacked.)

Last week, the very last box was unpacked.  Steve and I celebrated this milestone ... which happened on the same day as the continuation of my Cascade/Lace Forest Installation!  Yes!  I'm working in my studio.  I've returned to the installation started last October during a two-week art residency at Bethany Arts Community.  I promise to blog this next!  It is coming along wonderfully!

(Above:  Doing the prep work for another Community Crazy Quilt public art project.)

Last week was also the time when I put together another Community Crazy Quilt public art project.  This one was for Artista Vista 2024 back in Columbia.  Steve and I seriously didn't think we would be returning to Columbia after only seven weeks away, but why not! 

(Above:  The Community Crazy Quilt Project during Artista Vista 2024.)

Scraps of vintage quilts, a piece of Battenburg lace, several fabric yoyos and crocheted circles, and buttons were shared with the public from 2 - 6 last Saturday.  It was hot but the turn out was still good.  Plenty of people stitched and I was even interviewed on film.  I will, of course, finish this piece.  It will become another unit in my Patchwork Installation.  I promise to blog that too!

(Above: Selfie at Hidden Falls.)

Steve and I haven't spent every day unpacking and trying to get our new life in working order.  There's been several days when we've hiked to one of the many South Carolina Upstate waterfalls.  Recently, we went to Oconee State Park and visited Hidden and Disappearing Waterfalls.  The smell of late spring filled our lung.  It was glorious!