Saturday, June 16, 2018


I don't know if it is an especially good year for geraniums this year, but I am loving mine.

On the front porch. Everything in the front of my house is pink or white or blue because I have pink knock-out roses and pink spirea as part of the permanent plantings. This color in person is just knock- your-socks-off magenta.

Same color in pots on either side of the garage.

I am having a big Fourth of July party this year so everything on the back deck is either red, white, or blue. There are three of these railing planters.

Some of these plants have some growing to do, but I know they will fill out. The geraniums are in a big pot with white diamond frost and blue salvia.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


I was at a Woman's Club luncheon yesterday and sat next to a friend that I don't see very often. We chatted about this and that and then she asked me if my  Favela quilt that had hung at my one woman show three years ago was still available. She and her late husband had lived in Brazil for a few years and she thought it would be a good gift for her daughter. I still had the quilt so now it is going to a good home.
I had made the quilt after a trip to South America a few years ago. The favelas are colorful slums built into the sides of the hills and I knew I had to make a quilt of them. I blogged about them here.

It is a small quilt, only 14" x 18"

 I usually use a backing to coordinate with the front, as I did here. The front of the quilt uses all my hand dyed fabrics, but the back was a purchased fabric that looks hand dyed and looked so good with the front.

I finished all of my little box people and put them in their permanent place. I did a lot of shifting around before I was satisfied. The black background measures 14" x 24".

It is somewhat serendipitous that my Favela quilt came to light right now. Can you see the similarities?

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The last of my box people

I finished the last of them today. It has been a lot of fun but I am ready to move on. I took several of your suggestions as to what they could be doing. Some are even related to fiber. Someone asked me if I was going to make any women. I like to think of them as androgynous, but some of them do suggest  men or women. You decide.

These tiny cards are some of the miniatures I found at Michael's.

Same for the umbrella and box of tiny spools of thread in the next one.

My friend, Paula, gave me a tiny tea set from a doll house. I only used the cup and saucer.

The washtub came from Michael's and the bubbles are bubble wrap, of course.

The sewing machine is from Michael's and the small quilt was made from a bag of pieced scraps left from my Big Green Diptych quilt.

Paula knitted me this itsy piece. She knitted it on tiny metal needles and transferred it to plastic toothpicks.  I cut them down and glued the kitting in place so it wouldn't fall off.

Several people suggested that I have a dancer, so here is my ballerina.

Now I have to decide how I am going to put them all together on one big black background. I'll be sure to show you when I do.

I'm linking up with Off The Wall Friday.

Friday, June 1, 2018

A few more box people and a wedding

I know I haven't posted in awhile and I hope you haven't given up on me. I was in Florida for a week getting more furniture delivered and shopping, shopping, shopping for house things. Since this is a brand new empty house I had to get EVERYTHING from potato peeler to vacuum cleaner and everything in-between. We got a lot accomplished and had fun doing it. We still will have a bit more to do when we go back in January, but the house is very livable for now.

Then last week I went to the wedding of my great niece, Allyson in Baltimore, MD. Since I got home I have been gardening.

I did manage to get four new box people made. I found some fabulous accessories for them in Michael's in the miniature section and was given some cute things by friends. I still have to make several more people to use up the accessories.

Susan, in my FiberWorks group, gave several delightful little things to use, including this golf club and the tennis racket below. The size got distorted by the photo. They are pretty good to scale in person.

These two have to go together. The flower pot and watering can were found at Michael's. I have quite a few more things to use, so stay tuned and come back for more......real tiny knitting by my friend, Paula, a sewing machine, a wash tub, tiny thimbles, an American flag, and more. 

Here is the beautiful bride and her handsome hubby. He graduated from the Air Force Academy and thus the military uniform. They will be deployed to South Korea in August.

She wore her grandmother's gown for the ceremony. That's her mom, my niece, Diane, buttoning her up. She changed into a gown more suited for dancing for the reception. You can see it hanging on the wall. It was equally stunning. It was a stellar affair, held at an elegant old hotel in downtown Baltimore that is now only used for weddings and other affairs. It was gorgeous!

This was taken right before we left the hotel for the rehearsal party dinner at a different fabulous restaurant. That's me in the middle with assorted nieces and great nieces.

Here I am with the mother of the bride right before the wedding ceremony. This was all on my late husband's side of the family. They are so good about inviting me to everything. Next will be a baby shower at the end of June in NYC.

Please come back. I promise to be more productive in the future.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

More Box People

More fun this week with my box people. I'm trying to do something different with each one. Any ideas for me?

I think this one is my favorite....marching right out of the box.

I don't know why the boxes look so wonky, because they are not.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New Fun Project

My FiberWorks group is always trying new ways to stretch our creativity. I've shown you pictures of our last project where members put different art techniques onto their chosen theme each month. I did the Sunday Morning suns.

One of our members, Paula, found a blog where an artist did something different with match boxes each day for a month. She suggested that we try it, too, altho not limiting ourselves to daily art. We can use any kind of small box (not necessarily matchboxes) and can configure them in any way we want and make as many as we want. They are to displayed on a black background, ready to hang on a wall.

I decided to use the matchboxes that we found online. They are white and measure 3 1/4" x 2 1/4". Some are using boxes with lift-off lids. I am making wire armatures and wrapping them in variegated yarn. I am having so much fun with these. The best part is posing the figures.

I've only made 12 figures so far. They are rather tedious to do and not easy on the fingers, but I love the silly results. They measure 4 1/4" high and no two are exactly the same, just like real people.

I put industrial strength Velcro on the back of the boxes and attached them to this piece of Peltex,  onto which I Wonder Undered black felt. I had this black panel left over from another project. I'm not sure if I will use this shape.

This is what I have so far. The background is just propped against my design wall so it is not perfectly flat. There is a sleeve on the back so it will hang just fine. The background is much wider than what shows here. It is 30" wide and I've just used 17" of that. It is also a little longer, so there is room for a lot more if I decide to use this piece.

I started putting them up on my white design wall, but the felt is only adhered at the edges with staples and the weight of the little boxes puled it away from the wall. These are the first ones I did. I am putting colored paper in the back each box to give some contrast to the figures.

I am giving some of them accessories like buttons or bows. I'm looking for tiny artificial flowers for some of them to hold. I may do a tutu on one or two.

The reclining one on top of the box will be glued down when I decide on the final configuration. I'm just placing them willy nilly right now as I finish them. Each figure is glued into the box, as is the colored paper. I am aiming for 30 but may settle for less. 

It is making a real mess of my studio worktable. I will show you more as I finish them. I don't know what anyone else is doing but will show you some when I can. We plan to display them in a small gallery.

 This is one where you might want to click on the pictures to see more detail.

I will be linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Final Sun

My project for my Sunday Morning suns has come to an end. The prompt for this last one was "Abstract". I struggled with this to make a sun abstract. I must confess that I was inspired by something I saw online. I backed my fabric with freezer paper and painted with a stiff brush and paints right from the tube, giving an impasto effect. I don't think this one will end up in in the quilted wall hanging I plan to make with all my suns.

I'm linking up with Off The Wall Friday, just a little late.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


I received this email last night:

Good evening, Norma –
I want to let you know that two of your suns will be shown on tomorrow’s “Sunday Morning” broadcast.  The first will appear out of a piece that Martha Teichner is doing on the “My Pillow” product, and the second is at the end of a Richard Schlesinger piece about pets and marketing.
They both look great.  Thanks again.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Jessica Frank
CBS Sunday Morning

So exciting after waiting all this time. I emailed friends and relatives and then this morning I received this email:

Hi again, Norma –

Half of an apology is in order, because our editor finished the “My Pillow” segment late last night and instead of putting a sun at the end of it, he put a fact bumper.  Sometimes those decisions are made very late into the night, and have nothing to do with the suns themselves.  Your day/night sun worked beautifully there, but the executive producer chose to include the fact graphic instead to enhance the content of the broadcast.

The good news is that your other beautiful sun WILL be on, at the end of the Richard Schlesinger piece on pets, and it looks fabulous!

I know that I will be using your beautiful contributions often, and I thank you again for sharing them.

All the best,

I watched the show with camera in hand and this was what was on after the pet piece. I was wondering why they chose this particular one and didn't see how it related to the segment. It was one where I had to use a grid. I painted and stenciled instead of my usual stitching. This is how it looked on the TV screen:

As  you can see it was cropped to fit the screen and they added another row of suns on the left.

  This is the photo that I had sent them. But, hey, I'm not complaining!  As one friend said, I was on national television and I am happy about that. I was encouraged by her statements that they planned to use some of mine again (I sent them 9 suns) and I was very appreciative of her taking time out of what must be a very busy schedule to keep me informed.

It's a great show and if you have never seen it, tune in. It's on every Sunday morning on CBS,
 9-10:30 AM here in the east. Check your local listings for times in a different zone.

I will be linking up with Off The Wall Friday. Please go check it out and leave some comments. We all love comments

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sun #12

For this next-to-the-last prompt everyone had the same thing.....use the colors of the rainbow. With my sun rays I was very literal and used the colors in the proper order....starting from the top... red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. It wasn't my favorite and I thought it looked a little kindergartenish. I liked it better when I added the blanket stitch in variegated colors. I used Stain brand fabric markers for all my colors, except for the indigo, which I used a Sharpie navy blue. In this photo the violet (actually purple) is almost indistinguishable from the indigo.

I was away for the reveal of the others and look forward to seeing them at the end of the month, when we have our last prompt (again the same for the whole group) make something in the abstract manner. No ideas for that so far.

I'm linking up with Off the Wall Fridays, a great place to see some inspiring artists.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Big news!

If you read my blog at all you probably know that I go to Florida for the month of March. I go down with my sister and two other friends and rent a condo or house for the month. We have a marvelous time and it's always good to get away from the weather in the Northeast. This year we were especially happy to have missed the four Nor'easters.
Every year when we are down there we have fun going to open houses on Sundays and also looking at models for new houses. Every year it gets harder to find a nice rental, especially for a month. Most people want to rent for four months. And the rentals that we do find are never what we love, always dated and lacking in some way. So I went down this year with the idea that if I found something that I loved that I would buy it.
And I did! We went to a lovely gated community in Naples that is mostly built and still has models for viewing. I absolutely fell in love with the very first model. It was exactly what I had in mind, size-wise...three bedrooms, three baths and an open floor plan. And it had the bonus of a small den and all on one floor. The other models were much too big for my purposes for a vacation home.They had a spec house of the model I liked that was 99% finished. I can't believe how fast it all happened. I closed in two weeks and the house is completely finished. We bought a lot of furniture and had it delivered. We are going back down for a week in May to get some more furniture delivered and do some more shopping.
I always hesitate to say that I am going away, but I do have an excellent home alarm system here and wonderful watchful neighbors. So don't even think of coming and stealing my quilts! I will be going down for longer next winter, probably 2 1/2 months.

Here I am in the model. How could I not buy it? It matches my dress!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


As usual we spent Easter at my niece, Lauren, and as always her table was so pretty. The white bunnies are from her large collection of white bunnies and the geese are Gorden Fraiser that I used in my former home for many years. No room for them in this house so I gave them to her and I love the way she used them. I also gave her the napkins that I ice-dyed using vintage napkins. They were such luscious colors and I knew they would look great with her Easter decor. She matched the flower colors perfectly and note the cute bunny ear napkin holders.

Most of the ladies, Lauren was probably busy cooking. My sister and I were just back from a month in Florida (more about that in another post), thus the tans. We were planning to spend the night and drive home in the morning, but changed our plans when we heard the weather forecast. 

We were so glad that we did because this is what we woke up to Monday morning. Snowing like crazy and adding up to about 6 inches of heavy wet snow. Hard to take after all that glorious Florida sunshine.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Blast From the Past

While looking for a quilt in my storage area I came across this quilt that I made in 2004. I don't work this way anymore, but I sure had fun making this one. I called it Roller Coaster. It won a second place in its division at our local guild show.

It was mostly paper pieced and fused. That checkered part was woven.  I remember quilting in Jeans thread because I wanted the quilting to stand out.