Tuesday, April 19, 2011


My journal/sketch book lazily lay blank staring at me until.... 

Inspired at a local meeting of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) http://www.saqa.com/, seeing how fellow art quilters Deborah Boschert, Diane Doran, and Karen Schulz evolve their ideas and refine plans as they go from journal to art, I knew had to put this tool to work

So I gave myself permission to journal however I want - not only sketches - but words and images! ideas and plans!  manhole covers and candy! unicorns and glitter! yes, I watch too much tv, but you gotta love Flo!!!

Color scheme emerged serendipitously
yes I really did use a 15 letter word, am I being supercilious?
I'd rather be super silly!!!

"I see circles ... All the time. They're everywhere", kinda like the Sixth Sense, but different totally different!

Circles, my latest delight!!!
  • simple - 1 line
  • eternal - beginning and ending and beginning again
  • moves you - remember "the wheels on the bus, go round and round"
  • embrace you (XXOO!!!)
  • this simple shape opens my eyes to the world, how many circles do you see?

 the O shape
  • starts off options, opportunities and oasis
  • found in the middle of love, mom, now, more, wow 
  • ends our greetings of Hello and Mahalo!
  • needed twice in good, food and cool 

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."

William Blake


  1. curious about the local SAQA....where do they meet and love the blog layout! It looks great!! I just started a color journal was reading about it and it sounded fun!

  2. wonderful! i can't wait to read more. i have a circle poem for your journal:
    "He drew a circle that shut me out-
    Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
    But love and I had the wit to win:
    We drew a circle and took him In !

    From the poem " Outwitted"
    — Edwin Markham

  3. Kathy - congrats you win! you are my first repeat customer! hmm what should your prize be?

    About the question - the local SAQA regional meeting for Maryland, DC, West Virginia is held at the studio of one of our local member in Western Howard County - on the third Saturday of January, April and September, with a Regional Retreat Day (9am-9pm) June 4 - which includes mini-workshops and technique demos.

  4. @Misty - love the poem - thank you! I am lucky to have you in my ever growing circle