Tag Archives: rhythm of attention

How do you fold your quilts?

The act of opening and closing a quilt whispers some sacred truth about the revelation of life’s moments and the hiding away of memory. Continue reading

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Talking Quilts with Eli Leon ~ Rosie Lee Tompkins

Eli considers this amazing quilt by Rosie Lee Tomkins as one of her best ten AND it has never been published! Don’t miss this exclusive! Continue reading

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I Ching Modern Quilt

The pattern of this all linen quilt was created by chance through a random process of throwing coins as prescribed by the I Ching. Continue reading

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A Visit With Eli Leon And His Quilts ~ Part 2

Eli Leon has collected over 1000 African-American quilts in the improvisational style and has exhibited them widely but have you seen the seven quilts he’s made? Continue reading

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My Blue Bike Ride

Riding along the bay in East Oakland on a sunny Sunday afternoon in winter restores my rhythm of attention. Continue reading

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shooting corners

I’m going to survey regulars who live and work here: What creative thing could be done to change patterns of neglect and violence on our corner? Continue reading

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signed, sealed, submitted & feeling smart

A quilt is both a 3-dimensional and a 2-dimensional space. It unifies the visual waves of painting with the embodied elements of sculpture. Continue reading

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Repetition ~ act of saying over again

Repetition is the foundation for all pattern making. I was inspired by these wine barrels on Treasure Island today. Continue reading

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Color Channeling

My creative space becomes animated when work is flowing. So many subtle influences are at play. Continue reading

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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: Week 7 ~ Translating

Get out your graph paper and use your I Ching castings to decide on the form that your quilt will take. What does randomness look like? Continue reading

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Improv Monday ~ Pausing to See

Welcome to Improv Monday! View the archive and please join the conversation! After a bang of initial energy, the linen quilt on my wall has remained untouched for almost three weeks… but finally PROGRESS! Many hours of pausing to look … Continue reading

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I’m Back! Sort of…

Wow. I was doing so well at posting almost everyday from Penland the first week, but I lost my wind the second week. Penland was fantastic but by week two I only had enough stamina to teach the workshop. The … Continue reading

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Day Three at Penland ~ Cage, Limits, Scores and More!

It’s nearing the end of day three at Penland and it’s hard to comprehend all that has happened so far. No one’s wasting any time! Day one of the improv quilting workshop began with conversation and brainstorming on the definition … Continue reading

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The Role of Play in Improv Quilting

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. Great comments last week on the Myth of Randomness in Improv, so let’s look at another common, and perhaps misunderstood, approach to improv. Just play! This is the … Continue reading

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The Myth of Randomness in Improv Quilting

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. One of the better posts I found on topic was from The Quilt Engineer on Measured Improv. Latifa talks about “allowing for improvisation within specified constraints or parameters”. … Continue reading

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What is Improv Quilting?

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. So I’ve been doing a search on the internet and have discovered a real lack of conversation about the nature of improvisational quilting. In 2009 Tallgrass Prairie Studio … Continue reading

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The Rhythm of Attention ~ Improv Quilt Making Workshop

I will be teaching an improvisational quilt making workshop this summer at Penland School of Craft. Penland is located in the Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina. The setting is amazing. Imagine two weeks of nothing but peace, relaxation, good … Continue reading

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Mini Keepsake Quilt-Along ~ Passage Quilting™ Tutorial ~ Part 2

In Part 1 of the Mini Keepsake Quilt-Along, I cut my clothing into sections according to the architectural features I wanted to highlight. Now it is time to improvise a pattern based on those features to create blocks or sections. … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving for Creative Practice

What does it mean to be an artist? It’s about the truth of who I am in relationship to my self, to others, to my craft and to my being in the world. Continue reading

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Solstice Mending Ritual

Sometimes mending requires anonymity. It can’t be known or visible to others. It’s not social, but best done in quiet contemplation, alone and with simplicity. It is the longest day of this year in my short life, the first day … Continue reading

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Mantras (mind-tools) for Creativity

My creative practice is improvisational and in order for me to make anything that communicates a sense of presence to the viewer, I have to be present when I’m making it. My improvised work is informed by design but mostly … Continue reading

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