Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

~ Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” excerpt

Linda A Miller 2010

For those of you celebrating tomorrow-

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Enjoy!

And for all my dear readers, I appreciate your interest in what I share.

Listen to Mary Oliver reading her poem "Wild Geese" here.  This recording is from the interview by Krista Tippet on the podcast "On Being". 

Thursday, November 19, 2015


My friend Terry and I love exploring the Huntington Library and Gardens.  It is always inspirational, and yesterday proved that.  It was a spectacular day for a visit, with bright fall warmth.  We first walked through the Desert garden, which neither of us had seen in a while.  So many wild textures...

Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens

Then on to the Japanese and Chinese gardens... Fall was evident with turning ginkgo and maple leaves, and spent lotus ponds.

Huntington Gardens
Peaceful Zen garden

Lotus ponds....

Lizard warming itself on the rock...

Fall view of the lake

Linda Miller at Huntington Gardens
In the Bonsai court (with my new scarf)

"A World of Strangers: Crowds in American Art" exhibit at the Huntington Art Gallery was well worth viewing.   The unique collection of prints and photographs included artists John Baldessari, Walker Evans, Weegee and George Bellows, to name a few.  This exhibit runs through April 4, 2016.

Indeed a day of renewal!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Going to Taiwan

 Molten © 2014 Linda A. Miller
19" x 15.5"  
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

I am pleased to announce "Molten" will be going to the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition (TIQE 2016) next year!  Approximately 400 quilts from 21 countries are expected to be on exhibit under the theme “Protect the Earth’s Environment.”

TIQE will be held at the National Tainan Living Arts Center, Tainan City, Taiwan  April 30 – May 29, 2016

Statement: Earth is home and nourishment.  Its beauty offers rich texture and color that ignites my inspiration.  I reinterpret landscape using stitch and surface design, allowing the cloth to reveal its hidden story.  May that be a healing story of the land.

Learn more about my process with the quilt here

 Molten (detail) © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Molten (detail)
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

Happily my donated SAQA Auction quilt, "Engage", has found a new home in Canada.  Thanks for supporting the cause! 

It has been a while since I linked to Off the Wall Fridays.  Do check out the wonderful work there!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Endings and Beginnings

This lace scarf  (Motheye pattern from Knitspot) began in May... I let it grow longer than the pattern intended simply because I loved the process of knitting it.   All 85" of it are drying and blocking on the studio floor as I write this post.

Post drying here is the scarf-

Motheye scarf

I planted a new Panamint nectarine tree last week.  A much easier process than preparing the ground for it the week before, I must say! (It replaces the old plum tree taken out last fall).  Looking forward to seeing it grow and bear fruit.

nectarine tree

These are the only bananas produced this year during our drought, even with some watering.  In all the years of living here, I never before had to water those plants (bananas are plants not trees, they bear fruit once and die), and they gave at least 1 - 2 bunches of fruit a year.  Waiting for the El Nino waters....


Thanks to my friend, Margaret Blank, I leave you with a favorite Leonard Cohen song that contains these wonderful lines: 
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything;
that's how the light gets in.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Auction in Houston

 Engage   © 2014 Linda A. Miller
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

The final section of quilts for the SAQA Benefit Auction are up for bid today through November 1st at SAQA's booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  "Engage" is included in this group.  (Note: see a quilt you like, but not going to Houston? Contact SAQA to bid.)

"Engage" is a part of my brushwork series that was inspired by abstract Asian calligraphy.  Painting and stitching became my contemplative art process.  Quilts began with ink drawing using airbrush ink.  Selected drawings were then pieced with frames and quilted.  Enjoy the series!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Common Threads

Bhavana Project Prayer Flags
Bhavana Project Prayer Flags, 2013

I had a fabulous time talking about prayer flags and the Bhavana Project at the Westside Quilters' meeting on Saturday.  Interest was sparked which may bring some new participants, but mostly  I just loved sharing the flags with a new audience.

Sharing prayer flags
At the meeting...

Bhavana Project Prayer Flags, 2015
Bhavana Project Prayer Flags, 2015

Knowing only a bit about Mark Lipinski through friends who have taken his workshops, I was pleasantly surprised by his lively talk.  Listening to Mark's journey to the Slow Stitching Movement, I found myself nodding in agreement with a lot of what was shared.  The Slow Stitching Movement, modeled after the global Slow Food movement, is open to all fiber and needle artists to encourage slowing down, enjoying the process, and creating art to be proud of.   The movement is not limited to hand work, as Mark uses the machine for his slow stitching.  It is about being present with whatever you are doing.  

Those who follow my blog can see why I have an affinity for this idea... you have probably seen my posts about Slow Cloth, and Slow Art.  I am pleased to see the idea growing.  We need an alternative choice to the ever growing speediness, one that allows us to appreciate and celebrate our humanness.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sharing Flags

I have been invited by Westside Quilters to give a brief talk about the Bhavana Project and prayer flags at their meeting this Saturday, October 17th.  I am happy to have the opportunity to share the project.  Thank you, Westside Quilters!

Bhavana Project Set 1, 2006
Bhavana Project Set 1, 2006.  Photo by Mary Cochran.

As you may already know, my journey with prayer flags began over 10 years ago.  Inspired by Tibetan tradition of inscribing prayers or mantras on flags, I created the Bhavana Project as an ongoing group work to acknowledge the goodness in our lives. These flags cross cultural and spiritual boundaries, and are accessible to anyone.  We are in currently process with the fourth set of flags.  Visit the site for more information.

Bhavana Project Set 3, 2010.
Bhavana Project Set 3, 2010.  Photo by Elizabeth Dailey.

Westside  Quilters is open to all quilters, and meets quarterly at St. John's Presbyterian Church at 11000 National Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90064.  I am looking forward to it.  (Note: Mark Lipinski will be the featured speaker at this week's meeting).


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