Friday, November 30, 2012

Creative Inspirations

Elevate   © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Elevate   © 2012 Linda A. Miller

I hope that everyone who celebrates it, had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Having been under the weather I am finally getting around to sharing this good news (those of you on Facebook already had advance notice).  "Elevate" and "Articulated" have been accepted into SAQA's Regional Showcase Creative Inspiration on exhibit at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) January 3 through January 29, 2013.  The curator is Mary Tabar, one of our regional SAQA Reps.  The opening reception will be on Saturday January 5,  1 - 3p.m.  Directions are here.  Gallery hours are: Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The quilts will grace the walls of both the lobby and second floors of the beautiful PCPA venue located in North San Diego.  Looking forward to the exhibit! 

 Articulated © 2012 Linda A. Miller

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I am grateful for the friends and family who enrich my life.

California Leaves © 2012 Linda A. Miller

Gift making begins...this 12" square quilt is going to my Aunt.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Finding Spirit

"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable." - Robert Henri

Of late I have been reading, in very slow stages, Robert Henri's "The Art Spirit".  Born in 1865, Henri was an American artist and inspired teacher.  The book, published in 1923, is a compilation of his notes, articles, talks and letters about art making and art appreciation containing much that remains timeless.  Not the sort of book to go through all at once, but one that I feel I will revisit again and again.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I am grateful for the all love, connection and support that gently encourages me 
to open my heart wider.
This for Laura Hegfield's Gratitude Quilt.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

After Effects

"When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other." (Margaret Wheatley)

I can speak to the reality of this quote from Robert Genn's current newsletter.  This past week's TAFA Tour profile posts opened the door to new connections with the ladies I interviewed, or who interviewed me.  Linda Friedman lives locally and it turns out we share much in common, including groups beyond TAFA.  At yesterday's regional SAQA meeting, Linda and I were able to finally meet face to face.  It was great to be able to catch up in person.  Linda Marcille is the artist who wrote about my work, and we have been talking online since we live across the country from one another.  Thanks to Rachel Biel, hardworking TAFA founder, for coming up with this creative idea!  Look for more in the future.

Continuing with the theme of connection...our SAQA meeting was lively and inspiring, as you can see by photos on the link above.  Met new and old friends, participated in interesting art discussions and ate delicious food donated by the group.  The energetic Jamie Fingal, artist, author, curator and more, was our exceptional guest speaker.  She shared her unique, diverse work and ideas with us.  It is wonderful to make these connections with fellow artists on the path.  Friendship is such a cornerstone of our lives, isn't it?  Many thanks to our SAQA reps, Deborah Stanley and Teresa Shippy, for organizing and hosting this thoroughly enjoyable day!

And may I also say how much I value the monthly meetings with my mini art group, Fiber Fanatics...these always are enriching times of friendship, fun, art and food!

PS- Here are links from the posts about my work by Linda Friedman and Linda Marcille.  Thank you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TAFA Tour - Linda Friedman Profile

"Escape and Return" © Linda Friedman

Textile And Fiber Art List (TAFA) is on online international community of artists and businesses engaged in the textile arts.  As part of this week's TAFA member tour, I would like to introduce quilt artist, Linda Friedman.  Linda has had a life long love of the written word and art.  Her achievements include publishing poetry, teaching business writing, and working in management in a surgical fellowship program at the University of Southern California.  Her commitments are balanced between education, family and the arts.

Linda was immersed in watercolor and oil painting when she discovered that painting and other nontraditional elements could be incorporated into fiber arts.  As this new passion grew she moved beyond paper and canvas, expanding her horizons and joining art quilt groups.  Linda relocated upon retirement from academia, where her hilltop home has become a studio filled with an array of color and fabric.  Although often balking at labels, Linda calls herself a fiber artist, surface designer and quilt artist.

"Flight" © Linda Friedman

Linda's wonderful art quilts have been well received in exhibits, resulting in sales and commissions nationally.  She finds inspiration from life in all its varied forms.  As with any passion, there are never sufficient hours in the day to follow her muse.  In Linda's own words, her mission is "to create lasting works of art that elevate the spirit, bring joy and pleasure to others through visual and tactile interaction, and thereby spark the innate creativity in others".

"Koi Reflections No. 4" © Linda Friedman

Lindas Art Quilts

To learn more about Linda, visit her TAFA page:

or her blog:

Drop by her excellent Etsy shop, too:

You can also visit my page:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It is November

The Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition  just completed its run on October 28th. The exhibit was well received in both venues this fall, and the quilts will soon return home. Below is a photo of my pieces from the exhibit, pictured with Lin Hsin-Chen, President of Taiwan Art Quilt Society and TIQE curator. I  can only assume photos were taken with all the quilts. Very commendable!  As I did not see the exhibit in person, I was thrilled to see these pictures of the display.  Many thanks to Lin Hsin-Chen for her support, and for all her efforts to bring about this monumental event.  I am looking forward to seeing the catalog of all the quilts.
Lin Hsin-Chen with "Flowing On" and "Flowing Through", TIQE 2012

The traveling exhibit, Black and White with a Twist, has been at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this week..closes tomorrow, Sunday.  I feel honored to have "Linear Moves" on display in this exhibit.
Have you seen my online Etsy shop yet?   I have added some quilts and additional bowls to the shop, so I hope you will drop by and visit! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Post Storm

Sending sun and healing wishes to those who were caught in the devastating storm back east.  May some normalcy return, and the damage be repaired as quickly as possible.  Let the work begin...


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