Category Archives: My Creative Process

March 2016 Mandala: Percolating

A trifecta of purification, SIMULTANEOUS transformation by fire, water, and air! What’s percolating in your creative life this month?
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January 2016 Mandala ~ Simplicity Tools Basics

These old hand stitching tools remind me that life is too short to be on the computer all the time. Continue reading

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Mastering & Innovating Patchwork Techniques

Innovation is something that happens when there is no instruction manual readily available. Improv Handbook giveaway on OkanArts.com. Continue reading

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2015 Focus ~ Listening

As the patchwork unfolds I will listen without agendas of planning, perfecting, or pleasing. I will allow the patchwork to show me what it wants to become. Continue reading

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20th Century Comfort Room

It’s an interior space that speaks about the confinement of imagination. Installed at the Headlands Center for the Arts, 1998. Continue reading

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38,564 words and twelve new quilts!

It’s as if I’ve been on a boat for the last year and a half and I’ve just been dropped off on a new shore in my life. Everything is new. Everything is YES! Many thanks to all who’ve been on the journey with me. Continue reading

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Piñata Anchor of Hope ~ Happy Birthday Mom

Remembering a geo-psychic, temporary public art project for the city of Durham, NC, that marked the beginning of urban (and personal) renewal.
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improv from the heart ~ lessons learned in theater class

My improvisational patchwork process is getting a boost from taking an improv theater workshop. It also affirms my deepest values: discovery is the path to freedom, freedom is the path to connection, connection is the path to joy. Continue reading

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sorting scraps like the bionic woman… i wish

I always make a big mess when I’m piecing a quilt top. I mean a HUGE mess. It’s insanity. There’s fabric everywhere, underfoot and on every surface. If my studio was in a zero gravity zone scraps would be floating … 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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Patchwork Scrap Doodling

Scrap Doodling is a playful improvisational patchwork process utilizing fabric scraps without concern over the outcome. It’s like drawing but better! Continue reading

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Summer Schedule

This rainbow of fabric reminds me of the lengthening and shortening of days. Happy Summer Solstice and a season full of fun and creativity. Continue reading

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Extravagant Generosity

This one quilt “Manna” brought in $16,000. I wonder about the power, the extravagant generosity of art to move people and rain bread from heaven. Continue reading

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a lucky BLUE bottle face day

I spied a graffiti Easter egg hanging in a tree. A down and out bottle face waiting there for me. 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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RGB Modern, 2012

I considered the space between warp and weft when piecing these curves with bias cut strips to create this modern improvisational quilt. Continue reading

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a lecture on modern improv quilting at Stitch Modern

I will be presenting a new framework for improvisational quilting that breaks free from the design/pattern/copy paradigm of traditional quilting: on Feb 5 at “Stitch Modern” a quilt show with special events hosted by the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild. Continue reading

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choose happiness

Experiencing FLOW, being fully engaged in creativity, work or play, is one of the habits that increases happiness. Continue reading

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Rainbow Cloud Quilt

Free-cut continuous bias strips were machine pieced through an improvisational process to create the curved patchowork in this modern quilt. Continue reading

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negative space ~ how the hole affects the whole

In a split second my split sections were on their way to becoming TWO modern quilts instead of one! Continue reading

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