may 14, 2015


I’m feeling very humbled these days in front of my design wall.  I think it takes lots of courage to be an artist.  Sometimes more courage than I can muster… well, most of the time.  I press on tho; I have an almost primal need to bring something new to this world, to make new discoveries along the way and to contribute something good.  On my wall is a pastel by an artist (I cannot remember the name) who seems to have captured that moment when the sun sinks low and bathes everything in gold.  Two opposite colors of purple and yellow blend towards one another in magnificent arrays cascading their influence on the landscape.  If only it were that easy in fiber.  Here, I’m left with color and shape, hard edges and blunt transitions.  Threadwork will help soften those edges… a little.   I have in mind to add in illusions of transparencies and veils.  No sure if I can do it, I’m reaching for what courage I have to make my vision a reality.

GayleMay 17, 2015 - 4:32 am

I really like the little spark of inserted color. Very eye catching.

Elements #44

My work was accepted into Art Maui 2015!  It’s always an honor and I’m thrilled that I finally get to show this to you!  I made this piece while exploring the shape of a circle.  I started it a very long time ago as I entered into a new period of my life.  I was exploring the fragmentation of the whole, the play of darkness and light and the ripple-effect that is ever present.  Within each person, situation and space there is a blend of somber and joyous which impacts that that surrounds.  Despite our imperfections we are all trying to make the pieces fit the best we know how.  This quilt is a departure of my usual color palate of mostly brights yet it still speaks to my “all color all the time” trait that seems to be present in much of my work.  I see this piece and think that I have not demanded enough of myself.  I lack the focus and stamina that I know I am capable of.  Still I am proud that I have returned to creating,  that it currently hangs in the Schaefer Gallery at the MACC and I hope you get a chance to see it!

april 3, 2015

I’m pleased to say my latest quilt was accepted into Art Maui, a local mixed media art show!  now I can finally show you the piece in it’s entirety… but not today.  Sorry, I’m not trying to tease you, I simply had no time to document it in photo.  Truth be told, I stitched my signature while being driven to the venue!  Car-sickness makes me not want to do that again.  The show opens tomorrow and hopefully I’ll be able to snap a picture of it to show you.  If you’re in the area, come join me at the MACC at 2pm!  I would be thrilled to see you!

it’s been a year since i planted roses… one of my better accomplishments.  i’m so grateful that every day i have fresh flowers for my house.

it’s one of the things that makes this place a home.

Cathy BertanzettiApril 3, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Congratulations Robin!

march 27, 2015

stayed up late last night on this one. much more work to be done today. heaven help me.

Kristin LApril 3, 2015 - 5:35 am

Wow, I knew it was big, but I didn’t realize it was that big! Glad you got it done in time!

debbieMarch 27, 2015 - 5:26 pm

This is absolutely beautiful!

Tammy WelshonMarch 27, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Oh, this one is so beautiful. I understand the struggle in the previous post, but wasn’t this just so energizing and motivating once you put it together? I love the contrast between the light and the dark, the tones, the bright and the subdued. I wish I could be there to see it in person.

Also, I imagine that your son loved his quilt, too. I’d love to “hear” about that one, too. It must be hard to have him so far way.

Cheers for you and the adventures you have been on of late.

Jackie KMarch 27, 2015 - 12:15 pm


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?