Rings of Time

The first thing in my mind when I read the Generations challenge was trees. As a child I loved the idea of determining a tree’s age by counting its rings. I was in my thirties before I ever saw the giant redwoods of Northern California in person and I couldn’t imagine counting those rings. What an amazing experience! Another inspiration for” Rings of Time” was my mother-in-law. I thought of familial generations and traditions that transcend time. It was my mother-in-law who taught me how to quilt, so I wanted to find a way to honor the generations of quilters who preceded me. I settled on using an old quilting pattern: the log cabin. Making my log cabin “wonky” and changing the colors of the


"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred." ~ Theodore Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt was often called the Conservationist President because he used the power of his office to preserve and protect the natural landscape, fish and wildlife of the United States. He established the US Forest Service and the Federal Bird Refuge, and expanded the National Park System in an effort to save the beauty of

My Generation: Self-Discipline

My generation is like a flower, growing up in a tempting and complex environment. No matter how many seasons I have experienced, I keep myself disciplined to coexist with the world and feel the things I own. Like a flower, bloomed and faded in its lifetime, but happiness is still there and enthusiasm has not reduced. How brave, free, colorful, and always ready to share joy and love! The source of a brilliant generation is the inner strength of oneself. Being determined and having the self discipline are the keys to change life and adjust oneself to the good. Growing up in Taiwan, known historically as Formosa (the beautiful island), it is reasonable to have an extraordinary method of self-tr

You are my sunshine

91cm long x 60.5cm wide (36in x 23.5in) Generations of sunflowers have been cultivated for hundreds of years as a valuable food source. The Helianthus Annus was native to North America but later commercialised in Russia. Today sunflower oil and seeds are readily available in our supermarkets. Materials- cotton, wadding, silk, synthetics, thread, paint, fusible web Techniques- hand painted, machine appliqued, machine quilted

Talking About My Generation

Hello, I am Mary Mattimoe. I am here as a guest artist for Alicia Merrett. Erin Rose by Many Names started in 2014. At this time, my sister, Erin, and I had drifted apart in our journeys, which was heartbreaking for me. There is no one on earth I love more than my younger sister. She has provided me an incredible mirror to view my own life, while being her own delightful person. We grew up as ‘the little girls’ both resenting and thriving through our union. Since that first piece, Sugar Rosa, each year in December I have designed a portrait summary of how I have seen our story grow and change. Each of my interpretations starts as a selfie taken by Erin. She sends them to me throughout the

Family Homestead

Family Homestead We had a family homestead. Visits there were rare but cherished. You see, my father was in the military and we relocated often, sometimes every couple of years and sometimes within a few months. This made our visits to the family homestead very special to my brothers and me. We actually envied our cousin who lived near-by and visited there regularly. With this piece, I envisioned an ancient sequoia, native to California, site of our family homestead, being visited by teems of visiting, far-flung relatives. And, as it happens, the tree continues as home to the locals. Impressionic play with cotton bits atop hand-dyed background. Stenciled. Machine stitched and quilted


Revenant means one that has returned from the dead.....I'd like to eliminate the scary connotation of the word- my feeling here is that past generations are with us forever. I tried to give the feeling of building on the past, evolving yet still respecting our foundations. This was a fun project, it's silk painted in several layers using resist. It began with a light color wash...... then, using freezer paper as a guide, I began applying the resist. drying... re painted over the resist....... detail below- I machine stitched around all the shapes, then hand quilted over the black lines.

Next generation

My granddaughter will be born next month. In a beautiful season.... Feeling like the beginning of next generation. A world different from the world we live in is waiting for ........ When the blooming spring comes, I remember my mother who died a few years ago. I used a lot of fabrics my mother left for my work now.

Generations Rabbit Hole

The first image that popped into my head for the Generations challenge was that of Russian Nesting Dolls. For me, it visually portrays the prompt....all of those women who gave birth to each of the subsequent generations, going way, way back. There's been a renewed interest in our family genealogy this year and it has me thinking about all of those generations that came before us. So, I thought I would see what nesting dolls are all about. It turns out that they are probably Japanese in origin and only came to Russia in the late 19th century. The story goes a Japanese gentleman brought a figure of Fukurokuju (one of the seven lucky gods), with 4 students nested inside, to the shop of a Russ

Picturing Generations

This past March Martha Wolfe and I visited my son Alan who lives in Bangalore, India. Of course we snapped hundreds of photos. Most of them included lots of COLOR! Color is everywhere. As are wonderful and engaging people from all walks of life. I share some of the more obvious "generations" with you. Day outing Three generations celebrating Holi in Alan's backyard....kilos and kilos of picked flower petals. It's SPRING!! (Martha in background) On way to temple Shopping is done Off to school

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