October 2019

What would October be without an annual visit to the Pumpkin Patch in Los Osos, CA. Gemma at age three is rising above the 3' mark!

Keeping the Faith: An Artistic Celebration of Judaism


Batik Hills

"Batik Hills" is a commissioned art quilt that depicts the Palos Verdes Peninsula, south of Los Angeles, as seen from Redondo Beach. It is 72" wide by 36" tall.
The client wanted a piece that reflected their environs, having formerly lived in Palos Verdes and were now residing in Redondo Beach.
As the client showed me the colors and patterns she was drawn to, she revealed that she grew up in Indonesia, as her parents worked abroad.
Stunning hand carved wooden panels handed down from her mother, lined the walls of her dining room. As I was about to leave our initial meeting, she brought me a piece of batik from Indonesia. I asked if I could use it in the commission and when she said yes, I knew I had my inspiration piece.

Behind the pelican you can see layers of the Indonesian batik fabric. Flocks of pelicans can be seen flying over the ocean and diving down for their catch all along the coastline.

The iconic LA lifeguard stations line the local beaches.

Sailboats from the Redondo B…

Huntington Oasis

"Huntington Oasis" was juried into the 2018 Beacon Hill Art Show, San Luis Obispo, CA. This piece reflects the beauty of the Huntington Gardens in San Marino, CA. Featured are the huntress Diana amid the rose garden. It is 20" wide by 40" tall. It was inspired by a challenge from Quilts on the Wall fiber art group
in Southern California.  The Huntington Gardens are indeed an oasis in the metropolis of Los Angeles. Ancient sculpture is interspersed amid stunning roses and ornamental plants. A Japanese garden and bonsai collection are truly spectacular. I enjoy looking at this piece that brings me serenity and beauty.

You Just Never Know

I heard about a juried art quilt show calling for representations of strong, inspirational women. Living on the Central Coast of California, near Hearst Castle, I immediately thought Julia Morgan, the first female licensed architect in California. She worked tirelessly alongside William Randolph Hearst to build the castle and its surrounding buildings. She also architected women’s clubs, a YWCA and many memorable buildings primarily in Northern California.
I visited the site and took photos. I researched her life. I studied aerial views of the property. I tied these all together and came up with my piece “Julia Morgan,” 24” x 30."

As it turns out, I did not get accepted into the juried show that inspired my piece. I did display it at our local annual festival called Seven Sisters Quilt Show. And then I entered it into a juried show at the Morro Bay Art Center called “Pushing Boundaries.” Julia Morgan certainly was pushing boundaries in many fashions. Not only was the piece accepted…