Fleet Week and Rose Festival

Portland is celebrating it’s 109th Rose Festival this year. Since the very first Rose Festival in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been coming to Portland’s waterfront — so this is also Fleet Week. One of the purposes of Fleet Week is to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans.

The Portland Rose Festival is one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy. Their arrival commemorates a relationship with the Navy that has lasted more than 100 years. It is a significant commitment by the Navy to make the Rose Festival Fleet Week one of the premier Fleet Week events in the country.

We knew that ships would be departing Astoria, OR, arriving in the late afternoon on June 8th and 9th in Portland. Here are photos that we captured of some of the arrivals. The first arrival is from the Royal Canadian Navy. Click on image for a larger view.

06-08-16 Canadian

The first US Coast Guard ship.

06-08-16 US Coast Guard

A close-up of the passengers and crew.

06-08-16 US Coast Guard 2

A working US Coast Guard ship.

06-08-16 US Coast Guard 313

US Coast Guard Buoy Tender.

06-08-16 US Coast Guard Buoy Tender

US Navy PT 658 — World War II PT-625-class Higgins 78-foot PT boat, 1945. This boat is fully restored and permanently attached to Portland.

06-09-16 PT Boat, restored

Not part of the fleet, but normal work on the river does go on. This is one of our favorite tugs positioning a barge up river.

06-09-16 tug at work

US Navy ship with towed array sonar. A towed array sonar is a system of hydrophones towed behind a submarine or a surface ship on a cable. Trailing the hydrophones behind the vessel, on a cable that can be kilometers long, which keeps the array’s sensors away from its own-ship’s noise sources, greatly improving its signal-to-noise ratio, and hence the effectiveness of detecting and tracking faint contacts, such as quiet, low noise-emitting submarine threats, or seismic signals.

06-09-16 US Navy Sonar Buoy

Close up of the towed array sonar.

06-09-16 US Navy Sonar close up

One of two US Navy destroyers being escorted by tugs to ensure proper positioning in the Willamette River.

06-09-16 USN Destroyer

US Navy PT 658 joining the escort.

06-09-16 USN Destroyer, tugs, PT boat

A Portland Fire Department boat joining the escort.

06-09-16 USN Destroyer, Portland Fire Boat

A local peace activist.

06-09-16 Peace 'escort'

Walking along the Willamette River toward the Steel Bridge, both US Navy destroyers are visible.

06-11-16 Destroyers

This photo is taken from mid-span of the Steel Bridge before free tours of the ship begin.

06-11-16 up close from Steele Bridge

I won’t be viewing the Rose Parade, however, I did go by Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland to see it all dressed up for the weeks’ festivities.

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06-10-16 Pioneer Sq 2

The Rose Parade with all it’s rituals will be completed on Saturday, June 11; the visiting ships will leave Monday morning.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy to be Back

Since my last posting of January 28, my site has been completely rebuilt. My goal with this remodel was to create a professional appearance and a user friendly environment to navigate. I hope that you take the time to peruse the entire site and share your thoughts with me either as a comment below or as a more private email (just click on the Contact button in the top right corner or the envelope symbol to the right). I’m happy to be back here sharing what I’ve been up to.

I finished the work on Going in Circles, the piece I shared with you on January 28. Because this style of work is such a stretch for me, the decisions took a long time.


I liked the overall look of the piece but I wanted another layer of design that probably wouldn’t be noticed until the viewer stepped closer. Here are a few detail images to point out those design elements. Click on an image for a larger view.

I followed a quilting line on the top left corner with a simple blanket stitch.


And again on the lower right side I followed a quilting line with the blanket stitch.


Little x’s in the same orange color as the rectangle were added to the spiral here and simple straight stitches were added to the bottom left corner.


More x’s on the top right corner.


This will be a nice companion piece to Hand of the Artist.


Artist Reception at Firehouse Arts Center

I attended the artist reception at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton last night. It was the opening day for exhibits including the California Watercolor Association  — 75 artists had work hung — photo montage and collage artist, Deborah Griffin, and me. Click on image for larger view.


Yes, the center is a former firehouse, ca. 1888. Today, this state-of-the-art building is a 20,000 sq. ft. cultural arts center featuring a 227-seat theater, a 2,000 sq. ft. fine arts gallery, an 1,800 sq. ft. classroom space, and an hourglass shaped grand lobby that links downtown Pleasanton to the center’s Parkside patio and an adjacent park.

I was thrilled to have my work featured in the grand lobby with 5 art quilts

01-15-15 Artist reception 1

and an alcove upstairs with another 5 art quilts. A bridge walkway is the final entrance to this alcove (note the pole).

01-15 Firehouse Artist reception-7


The evening was buzzing with energy. There were many questions about my fiber art.


And I was happy to answer every one of them.


I was glad to receive a copy of a newspaper article about the exhibit from the gallery curator.

01-15 The Independent article about ehxibit

The arts are alive and well in Pleasanton.


If Ginkgos Could Talk for The 100

If Ginkgos Could Talk, 8" x 8" matted 12" x 12"

If Ginkgos Could Talk is ready to go to its new home. Click on image for a larger view. This is my contribution to Virginia Spiegel’s ACS Fundraiser The 100. This one-day event happens on February 4th. It’s not too early to mark your calendar because the first 100 patrons to sign up and contribute $100 will receive a randomly selected original artwork, made and donated by an invited artist.  When they’re gone, they’re gone. The money raised from this one day will push the total for Fiberart for a Cause to a cool quarter million dollars.  For a preview of the outstanding work made to date, check the Pinterest page being curated by Deborah Boschert here.

If Ginkgos Could Talk is 8″ x 8″ matted to 12″ x 12″, ready to be framed. (Pictures enlarge when clicked.) A description of the piece is attached to the back. The ginkgo is thread painted and surrounded by dense quilting. A simple line of beads and bold outline stitching at the corners frame and finish this piece.

If Ginkgos Could Talk, detail

I have long been enthralled with the ginkgo leaf. Every time I use this simple leaf as a design element in a quilt, I fall more deeply in love with it. The order to which the ginkgo belongs first appeared 250 million years ago. The rate of evolution within the genus has been slow, and almost all its species had become extinct by the end of the Pliocene (5.3-2.5 million years ago); the exception is the sole living species, Ginkgo biloba, which is only found in the wild in China, but is cultivated across the world. Imagine the stories the ginkgo could tell!

FFAC2015logoGreat art donated for a great cause — another win/win situation you could be a part of. Mark your calendar now so you can add to your art collection.

This posting is linked to Off the Wall Friday.







Ginkgos in the Round Accepted for VAM Exhibit

I am thrilled to share the news that Ginkgos in the Round will be part of Visions Art Museum’s website exhibit Stories.

Ginkgos in the Round, 12" x 12", 2014, For Sale

Ginkgos in the Round, 12″ x 12″, 2014, For Sale

VAM invited its artist-level members to submit their work for on-line exhibits this year. See the first two exhibits — Wild Thing! and Up/Down — here. I applaud their continuing and creative ways of getting the word out about the relevance of contemporary fiber art.

Stories is scheduled to be live January 1, 2015. Be sure to check it out — I’m bound to be in great company!

December Reflections: Sunset

After the rain, sunset.


Ginkgo Dust Up Headed to Dili, Timor Leste

I am thrilled to announce that as part of the U. S. Department of State Art in Embassies program, Ginkgo Dust Up will be on exhibit in the U.S. Embassy residence in Dili, Timor Leste, beginning this spring.

Ginkgo Dust Up, 27 1/2" x 54 3/4", 2009, For SaleThe curator for this exhibit explained that the theme for the new exhibition is fiber art.

Fiber plays an important role in the culture of East Timor; their Tais cloth is a form of traditional weaving created by women and used for a variety of purposes. We think that the people of East Timor will be interested in seeing and learning about American textiles.

The Art in Embassies program was founded in 1963 with the mission of creating exhibitions of original art for display in the public rooms of the U. S. diplomatic residences worldwide. The residences serve as centers for official state functions, and the exhibitions provide tangible focal points around which to build public outreach. Each exhibition becomes a part of the ambassador’s cultural mission.

I applaud the new ambassador’s focus on Tais cloth and Fiber art, both  significant contributions of the women of East Timor and the United States, to their cultural heritages. I am honored to be a part of an exhibit whose purpose is outreach and education between cultures.

December Reflections 2

T is for tower.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Final restoration of the stairway and upstairs murals was completed last month. What a treat to see this San Francisco icon in its 1930’s glory once again.

To learn more about Coit Tower click here. For information on free walking tours see “Coit Tower Murals” here.

“The 100” Fundraiser is coming!

FFAC2015logoI am honored to be an invited artist for “The 100” to be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The goal for this fiber fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is to raise $10,000 in one day.

How? Yes, once again Virginia Spiegel is at it!  Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons. In 2015, her goal is to bump that amount up to a quarter of a million dollars.

I’m sure you will want to be one of the very exclusive 100 patrons who will be randomly assigned artwork from an extraordinary line-up of international fiber artists.

All the details are here: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html



Arts Guild of Sonoma 2014 Invitational

I’m the lucky recipient of an opportunity to hang a piece of my art work at the 2014 Arts Guild of Sonoma December Invitational! This will be the second year I’ve received such an invitation thanks to Carol Larson, my friend and member of the Guild. You can see a portion of last years’ exhibit here.

Sunflower Scrap I will be part of a Salon-style installation in the front gallery.

Franki Kohler, Sunflower Scrap I, 12" x 12", 2012, For SaleArts Guild of Sonoma

140 E. Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Open Wed-Mon, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Artist Reception: Friday, December 5th, 6 – 8 p.m.

I hope to see you there!




SAQA Auction 2014

Each year Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) holds an on-line auction as a fund-raiser. Members of SAQA donate a 12″ x 12″ art quilt for the auction and purchases help to increase the recognition of art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach. Thanks to donors and bidders in 2013, the Benefit Auction raised over $65,000!

This year I was the very lucky bidder on two quilts. I’m so excited to share them here.

Here is Sing Praise by Suzanne Kistler. Click on image for a larger view.

Sing Praise by Suzanne Kistler, 12" x 12"Be sure to click on the image for that larger view where you’ll be able to see the details! Frankly, the image on the auction page didn’t reveal the wonderful scattering of beads on this art quilt. What a nice surprise it was to see this piece up close!

Sing Praise, detail 2This art quilt has a machine-pieced background, hand appliqued/hand embroidered bird. The beak, feet, outline and contour of the wing are all hand embroidered. A very nice touch. It is machine quilted and hand beaded.

Sing Praise,detail 1The back was clearly thought out and coordinates nicely with the design on the front. Notice how the quilting of the bird pops out.

Sing Praise, backAnd the label makes it easy to get in touch with the artist — very appreciated.

Sing Praise, LabelAnd here is Simply, Simply by Heidi Zielinski.

Simplify, Simplify by Heidi ZielinskiHeidi used hand-dyed cotton fabrics, free-motion stitching and beading around the edges to create this mini masterpiece. The back coordinates nicely with the design of the art quilt.

Simplify, Simplify, backAnd, again, a clear label makes it easy to contact the artist.

Simplify,Simplify, labelI couldn’t be more pleased with these two art quilts. They are truly stunning and I feel so fortunate to have been able to purchase them.


Blog Hop

I was invited to participate in a World Blog Hop by my friend and fellow quilt artist, Carol Larson. The agreement was to answer four questions and invite other bloggers I know to join in on the fun.  See Carol’s work and her responses to the questions at www.live2dye.com.

On Monday, October 20 check out the fine work of Gurli Gregersen at www.gurligregersen.com

and Suzanne Kistler at www.faithquilter.blogspot.com.

And the questions are:

What am I working on?

A series focusing on native California plants is demanding my attention for the foreseeable future. I have a number of art quilts completed which fall into this category: Sunflower Scrap I – V, Woodwardia Wonder, Nature’s Fractal, Woodwardia Fern, and Black Oak II. These pieces can be seen on my Art Quilt Gallery page. I have the top of Black Oak completed but not quilted — yet. I’m still working on completing Sunflower Scrap VI and I’ll turn my focus back to Black Oak when it is finished.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I am best known for my work with nature prints — many think of me working with ginkgo leaves — which I did for quite some time — but I think my new series will steer thinking in new directions.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I create the work I do because I simply love working with fabric, stitch and embellishments to capture the beauty and grace of nature. I enjoy the process of creating, including all the challenges I meet along the way. It’s really wonderful to have an idea, begin the work and, in the ‘doing’ process, see the work change and become something better than originally envisioned. I fought the changes when I first came to this art form, then I realized that it was inevitable and relaxed into it.

I started writing about what I do to record what I’m doing. If I don’t, details can slip away so easily. I share my work in the hope of inspiring others to try something new.

How does my writing/creating process work?

An idea for a piece or a series is the germ for beginning the creating. Once I’m creating new work, the writing flows.

Eastern Span Bay Bridge Anniversary

Yikes, it was a year ago this month that I shared photos of the new Eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge. The progress on taking down the old Eastern span is significant. Here’s a reminder of what the old span looked like with both levels of traffic lanes still intact. Click on an image for a larger view.


And here is what it looks like today

08-16-Demolition-continueswith the top level completely gone and three huge gaps in the bridge. We are getting real glimpses of what the unobstructed view to the south will be like. The original estimate for completion of the demolition was three years. At this pace I wouldn’t be surprised if they complete the job ahead of schedule.

Click on the link above to view my original postings about the new span.

Oakleaf Hydrangea II Accepted

I’m very pleased to share that Oakleaf Hydrangea II has been juried into the 4th Annual International Juried & Judged Show and La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, La Conner, WA. Click on image for larger view.

Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4" x 26 1/4", 2013, For Sale

Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4″ x 26 1/4″, 2013, For Sale

The exhibit will be on view

October 3-5, 2014
La Conner Maple Hall and the Civic Garden Club
703 South 2nd Street
La Conner, Washington
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is housed in the historic Gaches Mansion, a well-loved and preserved local treasure. Just seeing the mansion is quite a treat! But an international Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival held in it? Do I hear “road trip?”

Broken Ginkgos II Accepted for Pip Squeak

I’m very excited that Broken Ginkgos II has been accepted for the 12th annual international juried art show at Northbrook Public Library.

Broken Ginkgos II, 12"x12", 2012, For Sale

Broken Ginkgos II, 12″x12″, 2012, For Sale

This year’s theme, Pip Squeak, focuses on small works of art — not to exceed 12″ in any direction for 2D works and 9″ for 3D works. The Call states, in part

Pip Squeak is all about big vision in a small package. Big ideas do not always have to be big in stature and this show hopes to prove just that. Art will be judged on the merit of the art and the judge’s evaluation of the artist’s execution. Art can be in any media.

Awards include one purchase prize, 2nd place, 3rd place and Viewer’s Choice.

The exhibit will be

November 14 – December 19, 2014

Northbrook Public Library

1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062

Opening Reception:  November 14, 7:00 p.m.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by and enjoy the exhibit.