Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Spring Exhibits

Serenity, 2014 © Linda A. Miller
Serenity, 2014 © Linda A. Miller

I am happy to announce that "Serenity" has been juried into Stitch Dialectic!  This Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) regional exhibit runs April 1 - 24, 2016 at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd. Poway, CA 92064.  Artists' Reception will be held Sunday, April 10th, 1:00 - 3:00pm.  SAQA members' art quilts will be on exhibit throughout the grand lobby and the second floor.

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

Also, "Molten" arrived safely (always a relief!) in Taiwan for the upcoming 2016 Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition.  Approximately 400 quilts from 21 countries will be on exhibit with 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.  I am thrilled to once more be showing work in this fantastic exhibit!

Friday, February 19, 2016


The "sketches" continue... as I wrote in my previous post, these pieces are helping to warm up the art making juices.  I like what is developing, especially in Sketch 4, with the color and simple shapes.  I am really enjoying the process now...

Take a look at the earlier ones here.

Sketch 4, Linda A. Miller

Some reading art links for you.  Rebecca Mezoff' is a tapestry artist I follow.  She wrote an interesting post responding to the frequent question "How long did that take you to make?"  Sound familiar?  I encourage you to take a look at her blog, it might bring a chuckle.  And Pam Holland wrote a wonderful article on using digital technology for art making.

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Lots to see there, please visit!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Warming Up

Some finished "sketches".  Warming up the creative juices again.  These began with leftover ink drawings on white cotton from my brushwork series.  I have added applique and hand embroidery.

Linda A. Miller Sketch3

Linda A. Miller Sketch2

Linda A. Miller Sketch1

Here some photo vignettes while traveling south to visit family over the weekend.

bird in water


Notice the water theme?  Looking to keep cool.
And the Meyer lemon blossoming out at home, as the temperatures climb to 85...

meyer lemon

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's


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, excerpt from "Wild Geese"

May you enjoy your day!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Logs and Luke

Luke Haynes quilt
Luke Haynes, quilt detail

Last week I took a "Log Condo" workshop with Luke Haynes through Westside Quilters.  The subject was log cabins with a new flair.  I have loved working log cabin blocks, creating a number of them over the years.  Luke suggested changing the sizes of strips in each colorway, creating a contemporary twist to the look.  The possibilities are seemingly endless.

in process quilting
Strip sizes:  Centers 2", black 1 1/2", apricot 3"

I appreciated the systems he shared with us, as in not pressing between each strip addition.  Saves a lot of time (certainly helpful with the impressive number of quilts he makes).  It was an inspiring day ... not yet sure about the next step for this quilt (I have other projects I am itching to get back to). 

in process quilting

Photo by Sally Wright/Westside Quilters

Photo by Sally Wright/Westside Quilters

Admittedly I took the workshop, the first in some time, more to experience Luke's teaching.  I found him very down to earth and personable.  He is enthusiastically engaged in his work and teaching.  The following day we learned more about Luke's background and process during his talk at the WQ meeting.  I have liked his work, and now appreciate it even more.

Luke Haynes quilt
Luke Haynes quilt

About Luke.. a contemporary artist, designer and prolific quilter, his thoughtful work is graphic and striking.  Luke is known for using traditional quilting blocks as the background in his images.  Not limited to cotton, the backgrounds are often made with a variety of used materials he purchases by the pound.  These mixed fabrics add textural interest, don't you think?

Luke Haynes quilt

Luke Haynes quilt
Detail-  look at the fabrics!

Luke's current massive project consists of 50 90" x 90" black/white/red log cabin quilts, all unique.  The exhibit "Log Cabins of Donald Judd" opens at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles on February 18, 2016 through February 28th.  This is a show of textiles taking themes from the Donald Judd installation at the Chinati foundation in the 1980's.  Looking forward to seeing this exhibit!  

Luke Haynes quilt
Luke Haynes quilt

And in closing..... sharing two of my early log cabins-

Linda A Miller quilt

Linda A Miller quilt

Thanks to Luke and Westside Quilters for a fabulous few days!

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.


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