Long Beach and "Ode to Lavandula"

I will admit, I'm SUPER behind updating my blog. I'm definitely one of those artists who prefers to make art as apposed to writing about it, so this is the first of several posts that are long overdue. 

My piece "Ode to Lavandula" premiered in Long Beach last month as part of the Dinner@8 Artists exhibit "An Exquisite Moment." Every year in Long Beach, my husband joins me for dinner at the hotel Friday night, and we see the Jamie, Leslie and the other artists having a lively dinner party. This year it was nice to be a part of that.  

"Ode to Lavandula" is inspired by my love of Lavender.

"I am obsessed with Lavender, and every evening after my shower, I slather myself with various intoxicating oils. I even go as far as rolling it on my pj's and pulling it over my nose just to breath it in. At that moment, there is nothing else but this enchanting and relaxing aroma, and that is very precious to me."

24" x 60" Whole cloth, monoprinted and painted with thickened fiber reactive dye, free motion quilted. 

The quilting on the piece was intense.


Yvonne Porcella, what a lovely lady and amazing artist! She gave me a precious gift and the wrapping was coordinated with her adorable "black and white stripes and dots" look. 


This was the last year Quilts Inc. will be in Long Beach. I first attended this show July 2009, six months after I started quilting. My head exploded when I saw the art quilts on display. The following year, I met Pokey Bolton, and having been a huge fan of Quilting Arts Magazine by that time, I was excited to meet her. I remember showing her a photos of my first art quilt "Life in the City" on my phone. It was still on my design wall at that time. The following year I had the great fortune of being featured in Quilting Arts Magazine, and that was really a big deal for me. 


A few of my "Project Linus" buddies taking a break!