Entries by Franki Kohler

Time Travel

The phenomenon of social media has tweaked lives, mine included. Just this week I checked out a photo album on a site for Frankfurt American High School and found 2 photos of myself in my drill team uniform on the football field. (Frankfurt is one of 2 high schools I attended in Germany during the 1960’s; I […]

Collaboration Complete

It doesn’t get better than this: The quilt it done and we have a day to spare. Both Heather and I enjoyed the process enormously, learned a lot from each other and will enjoy showing this shared vision at the “Collaborative Exhibit” at Creative Framing & Gallery during September.  (See “Exhibitions of my work” in […]

Getting the edge right

Getting the edge of a quilt right is important. For me that means the edge will be easy to handle as I stitch the binding on, both by machine and by hand, and the quilt will lay flat — no ripples. There are two things I do to achieve this. First, I stitch the edge […]

Collaboration is a good thing.

Heather and I meet for dinner and a glass of wine, then it’s off to the studio to discuss details of our collaborative piece. A full stomach and a relaxed attitude makes for a very fluid discussion. We are making progress but there are many details to iron out. Right away we agree that a […]

Back to the collaboration

The next pattern to be created was the tree. We knew we wanted something big and majestic. After browsing quite a few photos of trees on-line, we borrowed features from several trees and drew our pattern directly onto transparency film, transferring the pattern to freezer paper on the wall. (I love the technology of now […]

Baby Bibs

I recently attended a shower for my nephew and his bride — this is their first child and first grandchild for both sets of parents. Can we say EXCITEMENT? ANTICIPATION? BLESSINGS? There were friends, family, food and tons of fun photos (check, check, check and double-check). It was quite a nice event. I took 2 […]

Collaborative Work

Heather is a painter/print maker, I work with fabric. She hasn’t worked with a fiber artist to create a piece and I haven’t worked with a painter/printer. The process has been an exiting one. The exhibit we’re aiming for opens September 1 and we’re not close to being done yet. I’m feeling the pressure. Our […]

Benefit Auction

309 one-foot square art quilts have been donated for SAQA’s 2011 Benefit Auction. Check them out now and mark your calendar — the frenzy begins Monday, September 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern time and, believe me, they will go fast. I’m coveting several myself. I did not donate this year but I have donated a quilt […]

WIP – yes, on Friday too

Let’s face it, life is a work in progress and since I shared the news of my Buddha’s Hand on Wednesday — the ‘official’ Work In Progress day — here I am on Friday with an update on the fern project. Lesson learned: Stitching a snug quilting line around a tone-on-tone color scheme is a […]

Under the Influence of Buddha

Or at least his hand. I lay blame for the spell I’m under directly at the feet of my dear friend Peter, who is not a Buddhist but is an incredible chef. Peter introduced me to Buddha’s Hand citron several years ago when he showed me his tree laden with oddly shaped yellow fruit that did indeed […]

Fabric Postcard Auction a Success!

Seven members of Postmark’d Art  donated 20 fabric postcards for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative auction which took place on line in early July and brought in $916.00.  To view all the postcards click here.  The AAQI is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated […]

WIP — Riffing on 3

Goal:  Connect the 3 individual fern prints in a way that makes them a comfortable, natural threesome. Can we say Three Musketeers? All for one and one for all?  The first idea came so easily it seemed like a gimme: Combine fabrics from the adjacent prints to fill the gaps in height. I like the simplicity […]

WIP — Woodwardia Fern #3

I love the constant change that takes place as I work on a new piece. The very nature of construction forces me to live with it up close during stitching — then I put it on the wall and view it from across the room. This change of viewing keeps what I’m doing fresh and […]


It’s Wednesday, so this must be a Work In Progress.  This is the second of three Woodwardia Fern fronds I am threadpainting for a new art quilt.  I get these fronds from my friend Jennifer, who has an incredible speciman in her back yard.  (Jennifer and I meet each Monday morning, alternating houses, to practice […]

A Little 4th on the 5th

I start most days walking with the boys, Mendelssohn and Taylor, aka Bichon Frise dogs, but don’t tell them that.  July 4th was no exception.  In fact, a walk on a holiday morning is an especially good thing.  It gives me a chance to catch my breath before the preparations for the day begin in earnest.  So…did […]