Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays

May you experience each day as a sacred gift 
woven around the heart of wonder.
 -John O'Donohue  

Here is some inspiration for this holiday season.  Sharing Renate Hiller's "On Handwork" video with you once again, after seeing it making the rounds on Facebook.  So worth watching!  A wonderful reminder that using our hands is an essential and valuable part of being human.  Enjoy!


And another inspiring link - a TED Talk entitled "Building an artist's life" by Jolie Guillebeau.  (Thanks to Margaret Blank for this one.)

On a personal note, my exceedingly shy cat Maya finally decided, after 9 months, that it was safe to come up on my lap.  And what a lovebug she has turned out to be!  This is a gift!

Sun bathing...

I will be taking a bit of break from the blog until after New Years.  Have yourself a peace filled Holiday season.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In Full Color


Sharing some color for the season... shots of my sun bowls and balls from several years ago.  (Bowls can be found in my Etsy shop.)

I made a batch of bookmarks, some requested by my sister for her gift giving.  I gave a number of these last year as gifts.  A simple non-sew project to use fabrics from your stash!

making bookmarks

Choose your fabrics.  Using a heavy fusible, like Heat N Bond Ultrahold, iron two layers (of the same or different) fabrics together with one layer of fusible, cut to size (Mine are 2" x 7").  Voila, you have beautiful bookmarks.  Feel free to embellish if you choose, I kept it simple and let the cloth speak for itself.

making bookmarks

Have fun!

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Life's Surprises

Today I was surprised by this beautiful purple iris that had opened in my garden.


And roses still in bloom.


What surprised you today?

Listening once again to some of Rachel Naomi Remen's talks from her Story Time for Grown Ups series.   So wonderful!  You can download the talks by going to her website.

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!


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