Monday, October 11, 2021

Lavender Chook

Lavender Chook 
8.25" x 8.25" (2021)
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton thread,
interfacing, cotton batting, cotton backing.
Wholecloth painted, free-motion quilted. 

I taught two classes a few weeks ago at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh. These were the first (and only) classes I've taught since February 2019, because of COVID! It’s only about a half hour drive from me, and we had postponed the class twice as conditions got worse, better and then worse again because of the Delta variant. They have a new spacious classroom, and everyone was masked up. It's a terrific space, and I’m hoping to teach there again, as conditions improve. 

Anyway… one of the classes was Wholecloth Painting, and while digging through my teaching materials to get ready for the class, I found a half-painted rooster piece that just crowed out to be finished. So I got busy the week after that and finished him up. 

I've done several similar pieces based on a photo of a rooster that I took in Rotarua, New Zealand, when I was there teaching a few years ago. In New Zealand, roosters are often called “chooks,” so I'm calling this one “Lavender Chook.”

For sale: $150

Interested in purchasing one of my art quilts? All pieces for sale are listed on my website at  Just e-mail me to let me know you are interested, or to get additional photos or information, and to arrange payment and shipping. 

Visit me on the OCAG Studio Tour

My studio will be open to the public during the Orange County Artists Guild Studio Tour the first two weekends in November. If you live in the area, please stop by. I'd love to meet you and show you my work. This is a sales event (what a great time to purchase Christmas gifts!) but it's also a chance to see artists in their most personal spaces – their studios. 

Painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, ceramicists, weavers, glass makers, and … even a few fiber artists!

It’s a HUGE tour. There are more than 100 artists participating at 82 locations throughout Orange County – in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. 

Here’s how it works:

First, download the brochure here (at the Orange County Artists Guild website, and figure out which studios you want to visit. All the studios are numbered, and there's a handy map. I'm stop 68. 

For a preview of what you can see on the tour, you can visit The Arts Center in Carrboro. It's located at 300 E. Main Street in Carrboro (near concert venue Cat's Cradle). 

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will also have a Preview Show Oct. 29 - Nov. 14. It's located at 121 N. Churton Street in Hillsborough. 

Next, grab a friend or two (and a mask, which is required inside all the studios this year), and start your drive. At each location, signs mark a spot. Parking and accessibility varies from location to location, because these are private homes, in most cases. At my house, parking will be on the street, and then there’s a short hike up a steep driveway to the studio entrance that faces the street.  

I'll be selling my work, including small and large pieces, as well as notecards. And when it’s not too busy, I'll be doing demonstrations of how I make my painted and threadsketched work. 

Please come! I’d love to meet you!