The Glorious Moment

Congratulations to the athletes from around the world! Hosting the Summer Universiade is a glory of Taiwan. It is an honor to provide well-organized venues for the players to compete with each other and celebrate their sporting effort. Welcome to Taiwan. Let’s make friends and cultural exchange with the global citizens. I started creating the quilt just one day before the opening of Universiade. I imagined a picture of lots of lines being pulled out from the earth’s surface and headed to Taiwan for the games. I would like to sew a colorful flower bouquet to welcome and cheer for the players! I was in high spirits as the competition results announced. It is hard to conceal my inner enthusiasm

Moon Jar 2

I have many pieces of hemp and ramie left behind after works. I like these fabrics which are a bit rustic but natural. They are hand-woven fabrics. It have naturalness that can not be seen in mechanical work. Particularly I like salvage which has the most naturalness. I made a moon jar using a salvage cloth that I had, I like the natural curves of Hanok roofs and the natural curves of moon jars. Here I feel the spare of mind. Size 36 (H) 18 (W) Hemp, Ramie Zigzag pieced. Machine Appliqued, Machine stitched

Point to Point

continuing the journey into light and motion... Point to Point- translucent synthetics and non wovens, heat knife, minimally stitched.

Fish and Family

My son is a masterful fisherman. He knows where to fish, what each fish eats and how they pursue their food. He’s a great instructor too. He can tell me where to cast and what the fish will feel like on the line and, most importantly, when to pull. For Mother’s Day this year, he took me out in his boat and we caught nine different species of fish! Other anglers were unable to catch their targets, while my son and I reeled in one fish after another. What a day! The only thing I didn’t catch that day was a Snook. Snook are most easily identified by the distinct black line on their body. They are extremely intelligent which makes them difficult to catch. If you’re lucky enough to hook one, hold

LINE dancing

I really loved the LINE challenge. There are so many directions that this could go. I chose to take a literal approach, using one single piece of yarn to create a continuous line drawing. Later I added free-motion quilting lines to secure the yarn and add a bit of detail. To quilt the ballerina's outline and detail, I used purple top thread and black bobbin thread. I purposely used white fabric on the front and back of this quilt, and used white thread to quilt the background, because I was interested to see what the black bobbin lines would look like on the "back". Now I'm not sure which side I prefer. Technical details: finished size 18"W x 36"H Cotton fabric, yarn, thread


There were so many options with the Line Challenge, I really couldn't decide which direction to go with it. After a couple of false starts, it just happened. I was experimenting with a sun printing technique and that ultimately brought me to my finished Line piece, "Eucalyptus". Eucalyptus were brought to California from Australia in the 1850s during the goldrush with the hope that they would be a good source of lumber. When this failed, the were planted in great numbers along the edges of highways and orchards as a windbreak and thus line the local roads in much the way a hedgerow does in the UK. I love the variety of gum trees we have and the many stages of blooms and and woody fruits. The

Bloodline- sowing seeds in a strange land

Bloodline- sowing seeds in a strange land ©2017 92cm long x 45.5cm wide (36in x 17 ¾ in) My ancestral bloodline is convoluted. It is scattered across many countries in Europe from Latvia in the northwest to Slovakia and Yugoslavia in the east. There is even a French solider from Napoleon’s army in the mix. Many left their land of birth, settled in new lands and through marriage established a new identity, heritage and family. I owe my Australian homeland to the strength and tenacity of my Latvian born mother and Czechoslovakian born father who met and married in Australia. Materials: cotton, batting, thread, yarn, dye, fabric paint Techniques: hand printed, hand painted, hand stitched, machi

Wild Life: Supply Ponds

The Branford Supply Ponds weren't far from where we lived in Guilford, CT and were one of my favorite places to walk with my young (3 year old at the time) son. They were created in the late 1800's to supply water for the New Haven Water Company, but subsequently decommissioned in the 1930's. It was a lovely property that wandered through a small forest along a stream to a pond....and back the other side to more ponds. A number of years back, I revisited the Supply Ponds with my friend, Kim, and our then teenage sons, where we saw a swan with it's little ones swimming in the pond. As they got closer, you could see one of the young ones riding on the mother's back....a real live Swan Boat! Fa

A line of thought

I have enjoyed working on this challenge, so thanks Hsin-Chen for providing the word. As I have already finished my quilt, but don't want to reveal it just yet, I will go through some of my line of thought in regard to inspiration for the challenge. A month or so ago, I was working on hand dyeing large pieces of fabric for another project. As the fabric was drying on the ground I took some pictures and liked the shadow across the material. Perhaps there would be a chance to use a silhouette in another project, I thought. That time approached quicker than I realised. My 94 year old Mother was in frail health and at each visit I realised my remaining time with her was getting shorter. Times li

In the temple

When I saw her challenge, the first thing that came to mind was the scenery of the temple. the gentle curve of the roof and beautiful lines of the tiles on the roof. The lines of mountains in the distance,............ These gentle lines are comfort to me. These gentle lines are comfort to me. Thanks, Lin

What's my line?

I'm attracted to linear objects and interesting lines and things that are lined up - I find I often photograph things that feature parallel lines. A quick scan of my photos yields these diverse themes with lots of lines. From medicinal vials to organic plant forms, books to shadows. Visually, line is everywhere. In the back of my head I keep thinking about another intriguing line - the lateral line on fish. I first learned about it years ago and was fascinated how these structures (the dots you see, below) made up of tiny "hair cells" were so critical to schooling behavior. These hairs sense movement and vibrations in the water around them and translate it into information to not only make s

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