Ending the year with Fiber for 50

This year I turned 50.  In honor of the day my dear friend Grace made fiber felt cupcakes in my favorite colors, and in the spirit of good design they have a function: pin cushions.

For Christmas she made a knit-felt box.  This to me is magic.  I have the patience to quilt but not to knit.  Again my favorite colors.  What the box reminds me of us a hobbit house.  Grace and I read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings when we were in junior high and we loved every page. 
Grace also found the coolest earrings that sport glow in the dark rods all the neon colors so I can wear them with anything.  If I could take better photos I would display, but my attempts failed miserably, they are too cool.


In the Making 250 Years/250 Artists

This year has been tremendously busy with things both difficult and wonderful.  

This post is about something wonderful.  In the Making 250 years/250 Artists is a celebration of artists in the 14 County region of Southwestern Pennsylvania Fe Gallery owner, Jill Larson pulled together a show juried by a panel of five (Vicky A. Clark, Joey Kennedy, Janet L. McCall, Katherine Talcott, and Michael Olijnyk) which showcases the areas diverse artistic talent, 250 artists, 250 works of art on display salon style in her gallery and it is wonderful! Kudos to Jill and thank you!

In addition there is a catalog which accompanies the show designed by a fabulous graphic designer Martha Wasik.  The catalog is stunning.

I was honored to be one of the artists chosen.

Recently the show was reviewed by Lissa Brennan in the City Paper.  I was fortunate to be mentioned.  My quilt Three Rivers Arts Festival Catalog 1968 Things We Found in Our Parent's House #2 is in the show.  The original photo image used in the quilt is from that catalogue. Sadly there is no credit given to the photo, it was taken by a medical photographer I like to think Mr. Veder who knew my dad. 

I scanned and printed the photo it flipped it and rotated it.  Here's a close-up:

And the full shot.  Still working on integrating PC and Mac so the full shot, something amiss.