self portrait in fabric

“Fury”

Though there has been an awful lot lately that makes me so angry that I feel as if my hair is on fire and my head is going to explode, I actually began this self-portrait called “Fury” years ago. I was at a livestream event for TED 2018 where I saw Tracee Ellis Ross speak […]

Words "I can't breathe" embedded in rainbow stripes of crazy patchwork

Last Words 1

George Floyd, Eric Garner, and countless other Black people whose final moments went unrecorded, gasped out “I can’t breathe” as they died at the hands of police. The horror of that idea is only made worse by the knowledge that it is all too common, that the lives of Black Americans are not safe, and […]

Quilting Through Corona – Week #$%&^%$^

Do you feel like the world is going to Hell too? It was already catastrophic that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic that has claimed more than 100,000 American lives. It was already catastrophic that because of institutionalized racism COVID-19 is disproportionately killing Black and Brown Americans. And even in the midst of […]

Quilting Through Corona – Week 8

We’re going to be here for a while. The Governor of Massachusetts held a briefing today to outline the plan for re-opening the state, which is great news. But, I am certainly not in the first wave of people going back to the office, or the second wave, or the third wave… I expect that […]

Quilting Through Corona – Week 7

I’ve had a lull in mask-making lately so I was able to finally finish the Dear Daughter quilt that I started for my dear daughter in December of 2017. Yes, that’s right, it was a nearly 2 1/2 year project. My quilts have been taking a lot longer to finish since I became a parent. […]

Joan Shay's African Violet Pattern

Quilting through Corona – Week 2

Of course I have plenty of projects from which to choose as I hole up in my house and practice more social distancing than I normally do. But, I decided today that I wanted a change of pace. So, I dug into my UFO drawer (oh yes, I have plenty of those too!) and pulled […]

Dear Daughter quilt under the sewing machine

Quilting Through Corona – Week 1

A week ago, I was all shiny and enthusiastic about the prospect of being at home for weeks. Yes, I was going to still be working and yes, I’d be at home with an energetic 7 year old, but she would be having school. I made a pile of quilting projects and thought about all […]

Massacre Map

I added a new quilt to the Victims Quilt Project. The entire series is about to hang at the Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery in Lexington, MA. It will be on display from February 19th to March 28th with an Opening Reception on February 29th and a Gallery Talk on March 14th. Francesca saw the […]

2019 Year in Review

How is it already the middle of January?  I didn’t think that the end of the year had snuck up on me, but somehow a third of January was already gone before I realized I’d missed writing my Year in Review post. So, better late than never! My focus for 2019 was really the Victims […]