Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring at the Huntington

A blustery midweek day in San Marino...yet spring was evident with blooming trees everywhere.  I don't believe I have seen these lovely early blooms at the Huntington Gardens before.  Spectacular!  The Chinese Garden has two new pavilions onsite since our visit last summer, with more expansion progressing rapidly.  This beautiful contemplative area has become my favorite to visit.  My friends and I appreciated the quiet beauty of the area.

Duck hunting for food....

flowering peach blossoms
Flowering Peach Blossoms

New Pavilions in the Chinese Garden
New Pavilions in the Chinese Garden

Crabapple Blossoms
Crabapple Blossoms

Behind the waterfall
Behind the waterfall

Pavilion entrance
Pavilion entrance

As for indoor activity, there are many galleries of art to explore.  A featured sculpture is the exquisite 18th Century marble bust of Madame de Vermenoux by Jean-Antoine Houdon.

It was a lovely day!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

And Now Opening...

“Pacifying Passion” will travel with the SAQA Fiber Reactions exhibit to Quilt Fest.  This exhibit was first seen at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in 2013.

Savannah International Trade/Convention Center:  
One International Drive, Savannah, GA 31402 
Dates:  March 27 - 30, 2014 
Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00 pm;  Sunday  10:00am - 4:00pm

Pacifying Passion © 2013 Linda A. Miller
Pacifying Passion
© 2013 Linda A. Miller


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Appearances Exhibit

Last weekend's Appearances debut by Quilts on the Wall artists went well in Pasadena at the Glendale Quilt Show.   Here are some photos of the exhibit taken by Sally Wright.

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show
Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Though unable to attend the show, I did have the opportunity to see the quilts beforehand while assisting Sally in selecting the hanging arrangement.   I have a greater appreciation for the process jurors and curators encounter while choosing work for an exhibit.  Working with a set number of varied pieces (all 18" x 24", in either vertical or horizontal format), it was our challenge to create a presentation that flowed.  In the end, we felt the exhibit was unified and interesting.  Thoughts?

Friday, March 21, 2014

YES it is Spring!

Welcome Spring!  Though we did not have much of a winter in SoCal, I can still say it is wonderful to be moving toward longer lighter days.  No doubt my favorite season, a time of renewal and rising energy.  How about you?

New experiments with words on my ink painted textiles....  "Yes", 12" square, is machine pieced as with previous black and white quilts in the series.  I used echo machine quilting on the center section around the word.  The word, with all its meaning, becomes the focal point instead of abstract line.  Why that specific word you may ask?  Yes chose me.  Perhaps a new shift away from holding the world at bay with No.

 Yes   - 12" x 12" © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Yes   - 12" x 12"
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

Spring shots from the garden-

Roses, roses, roses

In bloom...

Heart Geraniums

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.

Enjoy your days!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Happy to announce "Shining Grace" will be included in the Appearances exhibit debuting in the 35th Glendale Quilt Show at its new location, Pasadena Convention Center, March 21 - 22.   This exciting new collection from Quilts on the Wall artists displays a variety of surface design techniques.  

Pasadena Convention Center:  300 East Green Street, Pasadena 91101
Dates/Hours:  March 21, 10am - 6pm; March 22, 10am - 5pm 
Entry Fee: $10

Shining Grace  © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Shining Grace - 24" x 18"
© 2014 Linda A. Miller
Cotton, applique, couched, hand embroidery,
oil sticks, machine quilted

About "Shining Grace"... I quilted and washed the magenta/purple section for shrinkage texture.  Applique, couching and oil sticks were added over the surface after.  The sky background was assembled from a mixture of prints in this manner:  Wonder Under was ironed to the fabric back, which was then cut into strips and woven.  The section was ironed to the batting and stitched down.  The sun was appliqued on top and hand embroidery added.

I have been a member of QOTW since 2010.  QOTW is an art support group established to facilitate professional growth, exchange information, and educate the public about the art quilt medium.  We meet every other month for sharing and lively discussion.  Members come from all over Southern California.  New members always welcome!

 Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Drop by the site to see more artists and their work!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hands and Healing

Lighten Up by Linda A Miller 2009
Lighten Up by Linda A Miller 2009

A moving video with Renate Hiller on the healing nature of doing handwork that I had shared previously,  but worth doing so again.  Enjoy...

Ms. Hiller is co-director of the Fiber Craft Studio at the Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, New York.  Thanks to On Being for the reminder.

"So we are in a way practicing empathy - empathy with the material, empathy with the design. I think this practicing of empathy that we do in the fiber crafts is paramount for being healing to our world. And it’s a service for the divine that we are surrounded by."  
- Renate Hiller

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Crack in Everything

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.”
- Leonard Cohen 

Shining Grace (detail) by Linda A Miller
Shining Grace (detail) by Linda A Miller

"Shining Grace" is completed, with a sneak peek for now until I can share more at a later date...  

This piece turned out to be a good inner critic buster.  Under a time limit for a show entry,  I worked more quickly than normal.   I was in a flow, open to listening to what was needed next, but brushing off those inner critic comments.  Doing the work can override much negativity and the striving for perfection.  David Limrite expresses it well in this post.

From gifts made and given last year, here is an update on the growing babies with quilts and balls.

Genevieve and her ball...

Jackson doing push ups on his quilt...

And the Celtic cross stitch is done!  My eyes survived!  The plan is to create a pillow with it.

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.


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