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In my shop today, Elements #23!

This quilt is bright, whimsical and colorful!  I remember when I made it my goal was to utilize half-square triangles in block format.  It was an exciting exploration into colors, value and design.  I think the browns really make those colors sing!  This quilt would look fabulous in any room; it has the whimsy fitting for a child’s room and the sophistication fitting for a study.  This is one of the quilts that really speak to me as jazz in visual form.  If you are interested in this quilt, please visit my shop!  Tata!

Elements #23 measures 35″ x 47″

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In my shop today is Elements #13!

What a cutie this one is!  Elements #13 is one of those quilts that seems almost timeless.  The colors range from deep greens and blues, peppered with buttery yellows and neutrals.  I’ve always imagined this quilt to be the perfect cover to a jazz album; it’s jazzy, and mod!  I’ve priced this one lower than the others simply because it’s not as large and it’s one of my earlier works, but the quality is still the same!  I’ve quilted it with fine thread in an overall quilting motif.  The person who buys this one will be very pleased!

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In my shop today, Elements #9.

It’s fair to say I really like this quilt.  In fact, I like it so much, I currently have it displayed in my living room!  This was one of the first assignments that Gail and I gave each other: make a 12-patch quilt utilizing hand-dyed fabrics and hand cut lines.  I really like that I chose to use mostly toned and tinted fabrics… they really make the pure hues sing!  The fact that there are so many neutrals, makes this quilt appear more sophisticated, thus more appropriate for adult rooms of the house (as opposed to a child’s room… unless you are from Restoration Hardware). Well anyway, it is a lovely quilt and one I hope you enjoy too!  If you are interested in purchasing this quilt, please visit my shop today!

Elements #6 measures 35.5″ x 47″

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  • PaigeDecember 1, 2016 - 3:30 pm

    It’s lovely on your wall!

In my shop today, Elements #9!

Ever since I could remember, I wanted to make a quilt using buttery yellows and creamy neutrals.  At one point I had an embarrassing large collection of commercial fabrics all in golden tones.  My dyeing was no exception. To make this quilt, I dyed yards and yards of fabric.  You wouldn’t know it by looking at this one, but I wanted to capture that mellow yellow feeling that one gets with sitting in a hammock on a warm summer afternoon.  I was making this because it was early February, the warmth and excitement of the holidays had passed and the rainy season brought a damp chill to our house.  I wanted to insert something sunny and refreshing into my life.  I remember feeling stuck and it was something that Gail and I talked about as we created quilts side-by-side that year.  I wasn’t liking the colors and I admitted to feeling a little drab. I sent her a quote on tenacity that I sometime refer to when I’m feeling creatively clogged, and she told me sometimes you have to just finish a piece before you can decide if it’s right or not.  After posting teaser pictures of this quilt, I got a lot of very nice comments!  Over the years the association of that cold damp rainy season has faded and this quilt now reminds me of my original inspiration… sunshine.  If you are interested, please come check it out at my Etsy Shop!

Elements #9 measures  34.5″ x 43″
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In my shop today…

This was a fun one!  Back in 2009, I partnered with Gail Baar to create a year’s worth of quilts, exploring different motifs.  Our birthdays are the same day in early January.  That year I found myself ready to start something new and exciting!  I stumbled upon her blog and saw that she was working in a style similar to mine, so I contacted her and made the pitch to come along with me to create a few quilts!  Our arrangement lasted a whole year and as you can see that work served as a springboard for subsequent work!

The quilt inspired by this assignment was to create a quilt utilizing a strip format.  It was exciting to see what we each came up with as her quilts were similar yet very different from mine.  This was #11 in my Element’s series and it helped me get to #14 which I posted about yesterday.

This quilt measures 35″ x 46″ and can be found here!  Cheers!

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img_7226In my shop today is a cheerful quilt that is likely to brighten up any day!  Made as part of a series, Elements #14 contains many of my beautiful hand-dyed fabrics cut and pieced improv style!  This one was very popular on flickr and still today it is one of my highest liked quilts!  The breakthrough for me in this piece is the ability to join many different blocks of differing sizes. I really like how this piece brightens up a room and every time I look at it I appreciate something new.  As I say in my description on Etsy, this quilt would be perfect for a playroom or a child’s room, however if you appreciate color like I do, this quilt has the sophistication for any room in the house!img_7419

I’m having so much fun posting about these quilts!  I’ve got many more planned to sell and will likely stick to my goal of posting one a day!  If there is a quilt that you would like to see for sale, please let me know!  I’d love to hear from you!

In my shop today!

I realized that given the date that I made some of these quilts, they’ve never been seen here on this blog before!  What a kick! Today’s quilt is no exception; it’s a stunning take on the old block “courthouse steps.”  I created it in a similar fashion I make many of my quilts.  Strips of my own hand-dyed fabric is sewn together to form panels, then these new fabrics are cut up and sewn strip-by-strip into a square-within-a-square motif.  Finished in May, this quilt was really born in the winter months when cool blues are contrasted with warm yellows and golden browns.  It’s quilted with an overall grid quilt utilizing thick low-loft batting which makes it stand well against a wall.  Of course the binding is hidden and there is also a generous sleeve on the back for hanging.  It was number 15 in my Elements series and can be purchased here in my Etsy shop.

Elements #15 measures 33″ x 43″ img_7374I’ve been having fun going down memory lane looking at these quilts again!  I am remembering what it was like to be in such a creative stage in my life and I’m thrilled to be finally making these public!  Stay tuned for more offerings in my shop!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything remotely personal here.  Back in the day, I used this blog as a venue to process my antics as a working artist. You were with me during those years of creating, you were often there to cheer me on and celebrate my minor accomplishments.  With my various blogs, you watched me evolve from a common quilt maker to an artist and before your eyes I was able to produce 46 quilts in my Elements series, several in my “Mostly White” series, and countless uncounted baby quilts, quilts for commission, and small quiltlets.  Those days are behind me now as most of my time is consumed with my work as an intensive care nurse and the general work of tending house.  Oh where does the time go?  I can admit that I’ve been through what I like to think of as an accelerated journey of life lessons, and thankfully I feel myself emerging out the other side.  Maybe it was a mid-life crises, maybe one of life’s transitions… maybe, just maybe it was the perfect storm of influences that all converged at once so as to turn my life so completely upside down that at times I failed to recognize myself.  Without getting to personal I can tell you I am stronger now, my love for my partner and my family is greater than ever and that I think I’m going to be just fine.

All this I tell you because in my heart of hearts I believe this one thing; quilts, like love are meant to be shared.  I’ve done a lot of sharing here on this website and today I’m happy to announce I’m ready to share even more!  I’ve reopened my Etsy shop and over the next few weeks I hope to fill it day-by-day with all those treasures I’ve spent years making!  Today I listed these two gems:

Elements #25  which measures 33″ x 49″

img_1705Elements #28 (Featured in Art Maui 2011) measures 59.5″ x 47″

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My days as quilt maker are not over, I’m simply changing directions.  As a creative person, I will always be compelled to create and there will be more quilts!  I hope you stay tuned over the next few days… weeks and see what exciting things I have to share.  Come visit me in my Etsy shop and tell me what you think!  At the very least I hope you are enjoying this holiday season like I am and basking in the warmth and cheer that this time of year brings!

  • Kay SorensenNovember 26, 2016 - 7:17 pm

    Sorry I missed the link…found it.

  • Kay SorensenNovember 26, 2016 - 7:13 pm

    You didn’t include a link to your etsy shop did you?
    Both of those quilts are wonderful.

We are down to one child these days. As a mom my heart has adjusted to the distance that separates me from our other two and my mind tells me they are doing well, thriving where they are.  Thanksgiving, although quainter is still my most cherished holiday of the year. Sitting here in the quiet moment before the feast begins, I cannot help but be aware of how wonderfully grateful I am for all that I have including the wonderful people in my life.  I’m wishing for you the happiest and loveliest of Thanksgivings this year!  I have wonderful news for all of you which I hope to share soon!  For now tho, thank you from the bottom of my heart for checking in; you have always and you will forever mean so very much to me.  I am truly blessed.

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  • KarenNovember 25, 2016 - 4:47 pm

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving !!😊

I went last week to check on progress on the Hana house.  Upon turning down our little road, I immediately noticed that someone has been busy cleaning up the church next door.  Thank goodness!  During the past year or so the jungle did as what jungles always do and overtook the parcel nearly swallowing the church in a twisted vine-ridden mess!  I remember thinking what a shame because this church is a landmark in Hana.  I used to give people directions to our place by saying “You know that little mission-style house on Waikoloa? Yeah, we’re right next to that.” There is a sign out front which used to read “Good Samaritan Church” and I’m thinking there was also something about the fact that this church was established in 1949. The words have long fallen off and the sign, as you can see is barely readable.  It’s a bit of a mystery to me the fact that when you google “church Hana Maui” there is no mention of this church.  I try to do a little research on this place and nothing shows up.  Not that something must be “google-able” in order to exist; it’s just that usually you can find something on the internet when you go to look things up.  I talked with the guy working on the property and he told me he is a pastor on Oahu, and he’s been coming out for weeks now working slowly to clean the place up.  He seemed sweet and earnest. He also seemed a little tired.  When I asked him why he is working so hard to do this, all he could do was shake his head and tell me “no church should ever be forgotten like this.” It’s a sad story.  This church belonged to his family and now he’s all it’s got.

I’ve only known this church long after it’s heyday.  I’ve only known it to be neglected and abandoned.  I wish I knew what it was like when it was fully functioning, but I’ve got nothing to draw from, my feelings for it are empty.   I wish this man had others helping him love this property.  Buildings are meant to be cared for, not forgotten.   I offered him help when it came time to clearing trees from the rear of his property.  Turns out we both want some of these trees removed; not only does it decrease leaf litter on our property, it also helps keep the jungle from taking his over.  This is perhaps the best it will look for a long time again.  He told me that this is the busy season at his church back on Oahu, so he won’t be coming as often.  Deep inside me I know that there has to be a light in the future of this church.  At least I can hope there will be. There has to be a reason why this man is working like he is. img_8158

As for our house, work is being done these past few weeks on the caulking part of this project.  As it is with single-wall construction, there are gaps here and there that need to be closed up to eliminate unwanted water from rain seeping in, or tiny creatures from the jungle making themselves at home.  It’s a tedious job.  The walls must be scrubbed and dusted, any debris needs to be removed before the caulking is applied.  Every joint gets attention.  The work must be done methodically.  img_8170For this type of work, our guy is using two shades of brown for the caulking.  He explained to me that the color of the wood calls for differing colors. Here you can see how he is working from right to left: img_8172

As I looked around I started to see places where this type of work needed to be done.  From inside, you can see little streams of light pouring in and in areas that have been patched up, you see darkness: img_8169

All I can think is “we’re going to need more putty!”img_8168I leave you with a 180 shot of this place taken mid-September.  The building you see on either side of this photo is actually the same structure; it’s the panorama effect that breaks it in two.  It’s not hard to see that water has flooded the area, covering the road that snakes around our property.  Thankfully, our structure is solid and built well off the ground.  I continue to be humbled by nature and it’s destructive forces. There is a part of me that wonders if this is all worth it.  When I get overwhelmed with the jungle, the elements, the cost and the amount of work that this place requires I start to loose faith.  Like my neighbor next-door, I’m not giving up. There is magic here, I just know it.  After all we’ve been through, all the set-backs, all the uncertainty, I simply must keep on forging ahead.  There is value in something hard-earned and this place and the life we had imagined for ourselves in it is worth the best of what we have to give.img_8113

  • Levi DeckerNovember 1, 2016 - 12:55 am

    Love you Robin!

First, I’d like to start with the result of a project I worked on in august; my cheese platter arrived in the mail the other day and it looks fabulous!  You may remember it from my post on “My Little Trip to Cambria.”  Anyway, I’d like to thank Patricia Griffin once again for putting on such a nice class and teaching me the art of Sgraffito and Mishima!  If you ever have a chance to take a class from Patty or learn these techniques, take it!  You will be happy you did!

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Last Sunday was the big day here on Maui for printing our Big Ink projects!  I talked about it here and here. It was a huge community event and it lasted for most of the day.  The process started with inking the panels…img_8051

… these panels were laid down face-first onto sheets that were stretched over plywood.img_8058

Carpet padding was laid onto of the pile and a steamroller rolled over it.  When asked, the steamroller operator admitted that he had never done anything like this before!img_8037

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The sheets were lifted and carried back to an area where they were rolled up with sheets of newsprint so as to protect them from smudging.  We were told the drying process would take a couple of days.  I still have yet to pick my piece up but will soon!img_8867

It was a labor-intensive day but oh so worth it!  I feel like I participated in something very special.  It was an added treat that on the next day, this event was featured on the front page of the newspaper!  Yes people, I made the front page!  I’m so happy I made the last-minute decision to take this class and I’m thrilled with my first block print!  I have no idea what I’m going to do with this piece, however I’m fairly sure this will not be my last!  Cheers!

  • robinOctober 13, 2016 - 7:35 pm

    He drove over them and then backed up over them. It was really neat to watch! We were told that we could have used one of those hand-driven lawn rollers but that would not have been as much fun.

  • pattyOctober 13, 2016 - 3:46 am

    That is so freakin’ cool! Did the steamroller have to make more than one pass over the panels?

  • Robin F.October 13, 2016 - 3:03 am

    Your cheese platter is gorgeous. Your panel for the big ink is impressive. The panel by the students is inspiring. What a fun day for all.

It’s been an exhausting week, however I’m happy to say I’m finally finished!  My FIRST block for block printing!  Looking at it here there are a couple of tweaks I’d like to make, but sometimes you just simply have to stop.  It’s early in the morning now and I can’t sleep.  Later today we will print these blocks with a steamroller!  It’s a community event!  There are blocks from schools as well as other artists to print.  It all happens from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Hui No’eau Visual arts center.  It’s been such a wonderful experience making this block along side other artists.  Come join us and see the magic unfold for yourself!  Cheers!
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I’m taking a class at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center here on Maui called “Big Ink” with visiting artist James Bailey.  We are carving on 4′ x 8′ panels of MDF and on Saturday we will take those boards and print them on fabric using a steamroller!  The entire community is invited to share in the festivities!  Presently, I’m about 1/3 finished with my carving… I have today and Friday to finish!  I’m thrilled that I’m taking this class and stay tuned for the results!

The first two pictures were taken in a demo he did on block printing.  We each were invited to bring in a tee-shirt to print his cool image on!

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Things are buzzing along in Hana!  The roof is nearly finished. If you zoom in you can see the end-caps that our roofer made specifically for this project.  I think it looks much nicer than some of the other examples of end-caps I’ve seen.  At the apexes, he cut tile and fit them together, much like a patchwork quilter would when making a “Lone Star” quilt.  We are still waiting for the glass tiles to arrive from Bali.  Those will be inserted just over our skylights.  As with the kitchen and bathroom vanities, they sit in the factory in Bali waiting to get wrapped and loaded into a shipping container.  What we have left there is not enough for one whole container, so our stuff is being packed with another structure that will be coming to Maui.  It’s always something.  Patience has become my middle name these past few years.IMG_7764If you’re wondering what glass tiles look like, here’s a shot of another roof with a glass tile skylight.  These tiles are loosely slipped onto the roof.  There are no nails, but they do use a type of glue to hold them in place.  Underneath and inside, there will be an etched glass panel lining the ceiling.  Inserting a skylight this way will allow sunlight to filter in while maintaining the patterning on the roof.  As long as those tiles stay intact, we’re good.IMG_0305The stairs on the screened lanai on the back are being installed.  This plank is our only way in for now.  I for one will be happy to see stairs as I don’t really care for the plank.  As you can see, concrete has been poured where the footings are installed.  The landing in the lower left-hand portion of the picture was texturized with rock salt to give it an organic “lava-rock” texture. IMG_7763  All the exposed concrete will be stained the color of red-dirt, another nod to the island upon which the house sits.IMG_7671The footings and porch for the second bedroom have been installed.  It looks wonderful, but what I see in this picture is the need for more wire rail to be installed in order to bring it up to code.  That gap in the front top edge was originally meant for a stairway, but we decided to get rid of the stairways on the two end rooms because the factory did not send us enough wood to complete the job.  Not only that, I think it simply looks better without them.  It’s an added bonus that we are saving on cost as well.  Pay attention to that gap, I’ll refer to it later.
IMG_7764Meanwhile inside, the flooring is getting a little attention.  All the gaps are filled in with tinted caulking.  After it dries, the floor will get a light sanding and a few coats of finish.  It’s a big job and attention to detail is key.  Small gaps in the floor can become an issue down the line if not tended to properly.IMG_7766You may have heard Hawaii is experiencing heavy weather this week.  Hurricane Madeline was no more than a mild wind and rain storm (for us, that is), but Hurricane Lester will be more of a threat.  Hana sits on the eastern end of Maui, it’s that little point on the right on the island next to the Big Island.  It’s first on Maui on the path of this storm.Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 2.31.19 PMOur workers have done well to board up the place in anticipation of the storm.  I’ll write more about coconut wood later, but for now just know its similar to concrete in strength. This structure was designed with this climate in mind.  It’s high off the ground, it’s heavy and it’s incredibly solid.  Needless to say,  I am concerned about those windows and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.  IMG_7776The house is well away from large trees which could pose a threat, but you never know.  Those glass panes would be difficult to repair.  Unlike western-styled windows, this glass is cut and beveled between ornate panes of wood.  You can sort of see it in this picture:

IMG_0217The look is charming but I’m ever so mindful of how much of a headache it would be if the glass breaks.  At least it’s thick tempered glass.  As for the rail in front, our builders did a fantastic job closing the gap!  I’m so thankful he’s good with modifications like this.  We all have our gifts don’t we?  I have nothing but respect for people who are considered craftsmen.  If I didn’t tell you, you’d never know this was an after-the-factory modification!IMG_7777I know many of you on the mainland are dealing with weather of your own.   I’m hoping mother nature is kind and we are all kept safe this hurricane season.  Tucked safely inside, I’m hoping you spend your time relaxing and reconnecting.  I know I will.  Cheers!

  • Vivien Zepf`October 1, 2016 - 4:59 pm

    This is just incredible! You are building a marvelous sanctuary.

  • jennySeptember 9, 2016 - 7:03 am

    ive really enjoyed these progress pictures. this place is going to be heaven on earth!

Just in time for the holidays!  I’ll be teaching a two-day class on November 12th and 13th!  It called “Improv Strips” and you may remember I taught it last year on Oahu.  Here are some of the quilts I’ve made in this theme:IMG_4305

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Lately, I’ve been working on a new sample for that class, in the background you can see two other tops I made as demos last year.  I really like this class and this style of quilts, they are bright, cheerful, layered and interesting.  I’ve not seen anybody else working in this fashion which makes me curious about what I’m trying to do here.  I remember when I started dreaming about these types of quilts; it was during the time I worked on an instillation by Patrick Dougherty.  I remember thinking it was so cool how the repetition of adding sticks could someday lead to great creations!  Working with him was a lesson on working hard as an artist… day in and day out… leading volunteers to help him.  That really was a great experience which speaks to the benefit of dabbling in other mediums.  If you would like to take the class, please contact The Maui Quilt Guild, or email me and I’ll put you in touch with the person organizing it. IMG_0464IMG_0466

Finally, I just have to show you a shot of our littlest visitor, isn’t it cute?!  I’m not really sure of the gender or just how long we will keep it, but this little thing was sitting in the middle of the street the other day and I couldn’t help myself but pick it up.  There is nothing about me that wants another pet so someday I’m sure I’ll find a nice home for here… goodness knows there are a lot of gentleman farms here who would love a nice egg-layer… that is, IF it’s a girl.  For now though, she’s a little chirping, annoying, hungry little creature that has us all smitten!  IMG_0487