Sunday, April 18, 2021


 The daffodils in our front yard have been in bloom for over a week.  The flowers were starting to show wear and tear.  I picked them, put them into a vase and took them out to the back deck to sketch.

I spent a pleasant time studying and drawing each petal then applying watercolors.  I used my new Molotow Blackliner pen - I really like it.

Friday, April 16, 2021


The weather has taken a turn for the better.  This week we've been getting consistently warmer every day.  Yesterday was the first time since October that it has gone over 70 degrees.

This morning we went for a walk before breakfast at Lincoln Park.  It's been a while since I've done that and the sun was even up.  It was very nice.  There was lots of bird song. I love hearing Varied Thrush and I even heard a Loon.  Life is good.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


 I got the binding onto the Shattered quilt - it's now really done.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021


 I went up to Wallingford this morning to get an injection into my knee.  It will be nice to be a little more pain free for a while.

I sketched while I waited for my appointment.

Then in the afternoon I did a little more sketching of some stuff that came in the mail.  

Sunday, April 11, 2021


 I made the backing for the Equinox quilt today. I used up all the extra Drunkard's path pieces I had cut out, plus some. 

It's all ready for quilting now!

Saturday, April 10, 2021


 I finished up the quilting on the Shattered quilt.


 Today marks the one year anniversary of Suhita and Paul's Sketching PlayLab.  They had a party.  We sketched things you'd find at a party - balloons, party hat, cake, flowers, a tea pot and an alien pet.  

I wasn't really happy with my sketches, but when I cut them up and pasted them to the page I like them a lot better.

Friday, April 09, 2021


 Today was the opening of the Modern Quilt Guild Retrospective Exhibit at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah Kentucky.  The exhibit runs from April 9, 2021 through July 27, 2021.

My quilt, Seasons, is on exhibit there.  

Here's their description of the show:

Modern quilting has existed in many forms throughout the 20th century, its growth in the early 2000's was aided by cultural shifts recognizing quality design, the changing fabric industry, and the rise of social media. Modern quilters began coalescing online, sharing images, design ideas, and tutorials, forming virtual quilting bees, and swapping handmade items.

Founded in 2009 by Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir, The Modern Quilt (MQG) gave the burgeoning online modern quilting community a chance to form in-person connections with other modern quilters. The MQG supports over 15,000 members in 39 countries around the world and seeks to foster a vibrant and inclusive organization built on encouragement and mutual respect where all feel welcome.

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilts work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways; however, several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include but are not limited to the use bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. Modern traditionalism, or the updating of classic quilt designs, is also often seem in modern quilting.

The exhibit provides a glimpse into the evolution of quilts made by members of the Modern Quilt Guild during the past twelve years. Many have been exhibited at QuiltCon, the largest modern quilting event in the world, presented annually by the MQG.

There are 35 quilts on exhibit.