march 24, 2015

This may come as a surprise to some, I really hate making quilts.  Well, I do and I don’t.  Maybe you’re like this too. You see, I’ve reached a point in making quilts, I’ve made so many of them, that there’s somewhat of an expectation that I turn out good work.  Technically, no problem, but what I’m referring to is the composition… balance, color, contrast, shape, proportion, scale… and so forth.  The “Visual Dance” as Joen Wolfrom would refer to it.  Joseph Albers once said “If you have nothing to say, don’t shout.”  That’s honestly how I feel about my work sometimes.  I look at my design wall and cringe to see that I’m shouting.  This insecurity has the best of me sometimes.  It sucks the fun out of me and in the days leading to work on a big project, I’m cranky and depressed.  I really hate being a quilt maker at this point.  Eventually, I look at the clock and I realize I’m wasting time being in a funk so I move myself into the studio and simply start working.  Head down, ignoring that creep sitting on my shoulder, whispering “another big quilt, what for?”… “what do you expect to do here?”… “people won’t like it.”… on and on it goes.  Its in moments like these I understand why Van Gogh cut off his ear.  So I play music REALLY loud, like Radio Paradise, or Coldplay on Pandora, or lately I’ve been listening to Serial, a podcast that tells a non-fiction story over the course of several weeks.  I’ve become obsessed with it!  Did Adnan do it?  What’s up with Jay?  Why didn’t Asia get to testify?  Anybody with me?  There are charts for people like me, “people obsessed with Serial,” its a thing.  You can google it.           Hmmmm.             What was I saying?

I hate making quilts.  Yeah, I really do.  Well, I do and I don’t.

MarianneMarch 25, 2015 - 8:58 am

I really relate to that “love hate” thing. And yes making “successful” quilts raises the expectations of those around us. I do the same thing…..I turn on the music and start working and somehow I start to loose myself in the work and the magic seems to come back.

Jean S.March 24, 2015 - 10:46 am

I think making quilts is like any other form of artistic expression, a love-hate relationship. We are never totally in love with what we do but can usually find some redemption within a piece. Perhaps instead of worrying that others will see a “weakness” in your art, just enjoy the creative process for it’s own sake. There is joy in handling the fabric and reveling in the color.

march 19, 2015

i have been stepping back more lately, trying to see how things unfold naturally.

so far i cannot complain.

MaryMarch 19, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Wow! Those look fantastic! I really like the colors and the shapes of the circles are interesting. I wouldn’t complain either!

10 x 10 show

I’ve been accepted into a local show at the Hui No’eau!  The opening was last Friday, and the show lasts through May 22nd.

It’s a good little show and I’m happy to be keeping company with so many wonderful artists!  Hope you are able to check it out!

Karuna Santoro Red Dice – Optical Illusion Cube

A display currently up at the Hui, this one celebrating the artist Frida Kahlo!

KarenMarch 17, 2015 - 1:12 am


GayleMarch 15, 2015 - 9:45 am

Looks like a great show! So many different things have been included.

march 07, 2015

Elements #41 and #42

Elements #43

I’ve been busy!  I’m super thrilled to say that these little pieces have been accepted into a local show at the Hui No’eau!  They are each 10″ x 10″ and are for sale at $125 a piece.  If you would like one, please contact the Hui at (808) 572-6560!  The opening reception is Friday, March 13th, and the show runs from March 14th to May 22nd.  If you’re in town please stop by!

GayleMarch 8, 2015 - 1:16 pm

Nice pieces!

GayleMarch 8, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Congratulations on your acceptance to the show. Nice to see your work.

robinMarch 8, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Awww, thank you!

Colleen KoleMarch 7, 2015 - 4:44 pm

You are the queen of color-really striking.

march 4, 2015

 I’ve been contemplating my world so much lately, I feel like it’s simply time to get to work.

Tina ZaffiroMarch 4, 2015 - 5:30 am

You can do it……yes you can!!!! Love love love your work! Aloha BLESSINGS always!!

jodiMarch 4, 2015 - 4:09 am

Beautiful! Love your design board, too, nice and wide.

girl’s day 2015

I’m pleased to see that despite the cramped conditions and less time than ever before, I still got it.

GayleMarch 7, 2015 - 2:47 am

You sure do!

Aloha ‘Oe Quilt


I’m excited and a little embarrassed to tell you I finally finished the quilt I was working on for my son’s graduation … I’m calling it “Aloha ‘Oe.”  It’s such a lovely quilt despite it’s simple composition.  I chose the colors of his high school and used aloha shirts that belonged to his dad and grandpa, hand-dyed fabrics from my stash and a pocket from one of my scrubs!  In my mind while I made it, I imagined that he would get some sort of comfort out of having something from back home there in the dorm with him.  Surely if he ever did he would likely keep it to himself, but that’s ok. I know as all mom’s do, every child appreciates gifts, especially one that comes from the heart:)

TheresaFebruary 15, 2015 - 1:06 am

Love it!!
I have missed your blog.

PT in SCJanuary 26, 2015 - 6:01 pm

No biggie on the delayed finish, considering it will be charished for a lifetime!

GayleJanuary 18, 2015 - 5:56 am

This is wonderful!

DianeJanuary 17, 2015 - 5:00 am

Never under estimate simple construction. Your composition is striking. He will love it!

january 15, 2015

is is mid-january already?  Wha?

january 10, 2015

it doesn’t look like much but these days i consider making my own curtains a big accomplishment.

VivienZepfJanuary 15, 2015 - 5:04 pm

I think it looks lovely.

jodiJanuary 13, 2015 - 8:06 am

It’s big to me! They look very nice! Any sewing these days is a big accomplishment, even sewing a button on, which I have yet to tackle, even though all the supplies are sitting right in front of me :-)

january 10, 2015

i could hear it in her voice… she was tired of all this.  something told me coffee ice cream some couch-time was the answer. i was relieved at least for today i had a cure.

Tina ZaffiroJanuary 11, 2015 - 3:18 am

Beautiful picture…oh the colors. You have brightened my day. Spending you BLESSINGS galore…Aloha!!!n

january 04, 2015

is this what 50 looks like?

december 26, 2014

for beauty, for family and for love… I’m thankful.  Mele Kalikimaka!  Cheers!

Tina ZaffiroDecember 27, 2014 - 2:19 am

Love the picture….no idea how you did that that the stars are Amazing!! Happy New year!!

december 17, 2014

I’ve been hearing myself chuckle lately, and it catches me off guard.  For a millisecond I think to myself, “whose that?”

I must be feeling better; my camera is my companion again.

Mary AnnDecember 18, 2014 - 6:16 pm


Cathy BertanzettiDecember 18, 2014 - 12:03 pm


Cathy BertanzettiDecember 18, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Just good…

RuthannDecember 18, 2014 - 8:02 am

I love fields in the sun where you can see the shadow line. We live on the top of a big hill facing south east and oversee a valley and the hill beyond. In the summer we can watch as the sunset strolls across the hillside on the opposite side of the valley. The shadows and color changes as the sun goes down are amazing!

november 06, 2014

Aloha ‘Oe quilt update:

Words cannot describe how pleased I am to be wrapping this one up!  Today I finished the quilting and attached the binding… all that’s left is to tack down the other side and I’m done!  Beyond the simple act of finishing up, and getting my groove back, I think what most pleases me most has to do with the pure goodness of creating this keepsake for our son.  Having a child leave for college is a bittersweet experience; this is what they are supposed to do, yet still, it has a certain sting to it.  Creating this quilt out of my hand-dyed fabrics and old scrubs, and his father’s old aloha shirts gives me comfort in knowing that even though he’s far away, our son will have something from us to keep him company.  He might not appreciate the time and effort I’ve put into this, or the sappy reason why I’m doing it, but that doesn’t matter one bit!  I’m sure you understand.

VivienZepfNovember 13, 2014 - 12:12 pm

He’ll love having is as much as you loved making it.

Kristin LNovember 10, 2014 - 4:22 pm

You’ve made this for all the right reasons and with such love and care. He may not know he appreciates it, but I think deep down he absolutely does. :-)

RumiNovember 8, 2014 - 7:36 am

So sweet! I like how it looks. Good luck to your son in college.

november 4, 2014

Two weeks, a buttery blend of yellow and cream, many restarts and failed attempts, and one hot mess of yarn playfully unraveled by my sweet little dog Bleu, equals this, my first knitting project. It’s supposed to be an 8-hour baby blanket, the pattern from this book, but I think the name is a little deceiving; 8 hours came and went days ago.  It’s not in any way perfect, and I’ve already strayed from the pattern, ahem, but I think I’m gonna be alright.  I can’t really say I’m hooked on knitting, yet I’m beginning to feel that perpetual tug to see it through.  It’s as if this blanket is taunting me… “finish me… finish me.”  So in between piles of laundry, dog walks and long days at work I’m finding myself planted squarely here adding one row at a time.  With the Gilmore girls as my companions, and orange lights casting warmth to this space I can surely say I’ve found my way to sit peacefully as the rainy season begins.

DianeNovember 4, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Hi Robin,

I love the color of your yarn. YOU CAN DO THIS, JUST KEEP PLUGGING AWAY!!! GO FOR IT GIRL!!!!

I will be away for a quilt retreat with my guild for 5 days but will mail you a simple pattern for a dish cloth to learn on when I return. It will be something that you will be able to use and enjoy!!


DianeNovember 4, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Hi Robin,

Love the color of the yarn. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!
Can you hear me cheering you on!!?? GO FOR IT!!