Tuesday, March 20, 2018


I mean to say that I don't use a pattern or template.

The start of the quilting

Somewhere along the way I played with some random stitches using silk thread

The end of the quilting

All this color was used just because thread comes in so many colors

My grandmother told me that a quilter's stitch was unique to the individual as is a signature. That perspective frees me to be expressive and satisfied by the process. I appreciate the organic, random and imperfect. I once read that the occasional large stitch was a "toe hooker". Utility quilts used on beds were probably not a venue for fussiness, but a toe getting caught in a stitch? Quilters have to have their humor too!   

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


You keep me inspired. I see what you do in class. Some of you sew so elegantly. I have noticed the beauty of straight seams in solid cloth. Someone, and you know who you are, pieced a string of 3/4 inch black squares. Why would anyone do that when a stip would have worked just as well? The seams offered subtle straight lines, just the texture and detail that was called for. 

Notice the lines and the way the light is active in the above blue block. Nice, isn't it? I'll observe that this strategy of piecing is a way to express minimalism. 

Consider the painting Forest Architecture by Paul Klee here . I thought of piecing. Lines created with seams. Seems like I have something to explore. Complex or simple images created with solid color.

I will get right to work and have another sample for class at Woodland Ridge. Three month countdown--- details here 

Sunday, February 25, 2018


CRAYONS 45" x 44" by Pam Beal---juried into the Lancaster and Spring Paducah show

Mark making in drawing, abstract art and on objects influenced the piecing. Now doesn't it look like a box of crayons? 

Machine pieced---hand quilted---that's how I roll.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


trust the process

Workshops from The Liberated School of Design 2018

You are cordially invited to join me at one of two 5 day workshops.

June 5-9   WOODLAND RIDGE RETREAT  Minimalist Design Maximum Impact

October 1-5 MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Studio Hand Quilting 

I facilitate the classroom to promote independence and discovery. Students experience the affirming process of working without a pattern and create quilts rich in self-expression. I hope to see you in class.

do one thing

Sunday, January 7, 2018


I woke up with my head filled with ideas about minimalist quilts! Is that a contradiction?
The winter landscape offered me a minimalist scene.

This tree could be the model for Gwen's tree, except I know a Beech provided the inspiration, and my tree is an Oak.

In six short months I will be in the thick of it. Maybe that doesn't rightly characterize simplicity, yet the process of a good challenge with focused rigor leading to enough is my experience of minimalism in quilts. Here is a link to the class I am offering in June 2018 woodland ridge

This miniature minimal basket will carry us through.... I'll add that the simple basket reflects one of my favorite quilts in Abstract Design in American Quilts: A Biography of an Exhibition, plate 39, Jonathan Holstein 1991. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


My quilt CRAYONS will be showing in the hand quilted category at the American Quilter's Society Lancaster show. It might also go to the Spring Paducah show, but the jury is still out. Stay tuned. Here is a fun shot of CRAYONS as if it has sprouted legs. Legs would make it easier to get out to the quilt shows. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017


81/2" x 10"

To conclude 2017, one more small study__ MARTIANS IN THE HOUSE__seems like the obvious title, unless you don't see them. Part of the fun of abstract design is giving the imagination free range to see and sew or sew and see, then loan the quilt to the viewer and let their imagination go!

Farewell 2017---Anticipate 2018

"discard the tendency to exclude things from possibility" words of e e cummings

May the future be filled with possibilities created in compassion, reason, class, hope, equality and persistence.