New Work: Y is for Yearning

I’ve been honored and humbled to be able to work this summer with a group of artists spearheaded by the amazingly talented Jane Davila. This compassionate group of activist artists wanted to speak out about the human rights violations being committed agains immigrants in the United States. Jane was inspired by an 1846 Abolitionist book; a children’s primer called The Anti-Slavery Alphabet. The works included in the Migrant’s Alphabet are powerful. They don’t soft-pedal the evils that are being perpetrated by US immigration authorities.

Y is for Yearning


Y is for yearning
Longing to be free
To live in peace and safety
Just like you and me
12″w x 12″h
digitally printed cloth, paint, batting, thread
Artist Statement
My ancestors came here for many reasons. Some immigrated in the very early colonial days of this country, including a couple who arrived on the Mayflower. I can only guess that they were seeking economic opportunity, adventure, and greater freedom. Some made months-long perilous journeys from Europe and India, sailing around the southern continents, seeking religious freedom. Recent family members immigrated from Cuba. One to fight in World War II and one for schooling then simply stayed to avoid the Castro regime.
None of them were incarcerated in detention centers, waited in “line,” or faced harsh immigration restrictions. They simply came here and added their colorful threads to the tapestry that is the United States of America. There were no educational or income standards to meet. They were truly those invited by our Statue of Liberty.  “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Are any of my ancestors (or yours) more deserving than today’s asylum seekers and economic migrants? I do not believe so. I believe we as a society are capable of opening our land and our hearts to those who wish for the same opportunities that made our lives possible. 
You can view all of the artwork,
find education about immigration issues,
find links for ways you can HELP,
and can sign up here to be notified when the book is available at
Exhibit History
City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport CT Oct 4-18, 2018
The Migrants Alphabet, curated by Jane Davila.

Fly Series: mixed media postcards

I’ve been spending time cleaning out my files… mostly as I procrastinate things I really, really, really need to be getting done. I can’t find that I ever posted these photos, but they are some of my favorites. So here you are.

The Fly Series
Mixed media, acrylics and collage on watercolor paper.

Fly: Boldly


Fly: Sweetly


Fly: Brazen


Fly: Dauntless

new work: accession, something added

I’m so very pleased to announce that 

Accession: something added

30″ x 50″
cloth, dye, paint, thread

has been accepted into The Best of Dinner at Eight Artists: Celebrating 10 Years of Exhibitions. Each artist selected a theme from the last 9 years for what will be our last exhibition. The exhibit is sponsored by Havel’s Sewing and will premier at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas in November of 2018.


mill wheels VII: order and chaos


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by Lyric Montgomery Kinard
40″ x 40″
dyed, printed, painted stitched



This work has been accepted into
Dinner@8’s show


which will premier at the International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas this fall.



new work: remains of the day

You’ve seen bits and pieces of this coming together over that past week if you followed my posts on Facebook. I’ve been working in a series, getting a number of quilts ready to show in the “To Dye For” exhibit at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA. Then I was inspired by some leftover bits and used those for another quilt. And so on and so on and so on!

Remains_I_full_1000pxWebRemains of the Day
by Lyric Montgomery Kinard
23 x 33

As the wanted, the desired, are chosen and whittled away, what is left becomes beautiful and rises. The remains are here, singing.

2017 Road to California: First Place (Art Abstract)
2016, Asheville NC Quilt Show: First Place (Art Abstract)

How’s that for a poetic, ethereal (nonsensical, self-absorbed, ridiculous) artist statement. Seriously. I hate writing artist statements. And creating titles. Since the quilts that began the series and instigated this piece were all made with the same batch of fabric I could get away with a series name and numbers. Mill Wheels I – V. Easy. Sounds all artsy right? Even though this is the same fabrics I think I’ve moved beyond the idea of Mill Wheels.IMG_3905 This design began with the circle I had cut away from under a wheel shaped appliqué. (You can see that piece here.) So a new name. “Leftovers” didn’t sound enticing so “Remains” it is. Took a few days to realize that might be Macabre so I added in a poetic bit.

The improvisational design process involved simply moving pieces around on the wall until I liked what I was seeing then sewing them together. Then unsewing when I change my mind. With this piece it also involved being done with the quilt, facing, sleeve and all, and then deciding it needed beads. Well – the quilt decided it needed beads – I argued for quite a while but obviously lost the argument.


I’m glad I lost the argument. It’s a good sign that your embellishments are an integral part of the design if you lay them out, take a look (or a photo) then take them away and you really notice something is missing.

my work on the cover!!!

I’m a cover girl!!!!!

Can you tell I’m a little giddy with excitement?
My work has been published in many books and magazines but has never made it to the cover.

affinity 2015  The exhibition that this book catalogs

by the Dinner at Eight Artists

will open at the end of next week
October 24 – November 1st in Houston TexasEssence_full_webat the 
International Quilt Festival and Market

The catalog is available for $15.00 on Amazon 

a little bit of art

Sigh. The first week of school happened last week. I’m up at 5:30 every day and it’s amazing how much I’m getting done in those first several hours of the day. Back to my yoga classes, and back to…. the studio.


These sweet little 4×6 postcards should have been done three weeks ago and really it should only have taken me a day and a half to print the cloth and sew them up.


But I haven’t had a day and a half – or even a few hours – all summer long. Having the kids back in school is bliss.


These were made as a sweet “thank you” to the featured artists who shared their work with me for The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. Go take a peek at their art (and the work of other fine artists who participated in the exercise) in the Reality Warps on-line exhibition.

New Work: Essence

I am greatly honored to be included among the talented list of artists that have work accepted for 


An exhibit sponsored by the Dinner @8 crew of
Leslie Tucker Jennison
Jamie Fingal

40″ x 40″
printed, painted, stitched




The exhibit will be shown at the International Quilt Market (Oct 24-26) and Festival (Oct 28-Nov 1) in Houston; Sponsored by Havel’s Sewing.
Forty art quilts, 40×40 = 40x40x40

New Work: just some samples

So apparently my “less is more” functionality lasted about 1 month. Or at least until my teaching schedule started. Since then I’ve felt completely overwhelmed again – too many things on my plate. There is a ton going on behind the scenes with getting the new DVD’s ready for you.Kinard_photos_foil6There are family things that are taking up more time than usual. Or I suppose – that IS the usual. There are other things in the works for later on in the year that are taking up time now. So the “less” part this past month or two has been blogging.Kinard_photos_foil5

So it’s nice when the things on the “to-do” list are fun. And it’s even nicer when they serve more than one purpose. These little sweetlings are samples for a class I’ll be offering at the International Quilt Festival this October called “Photos + Foil = Fun!” It will be one of those fun, I bring everything for you, kind of classes.Kinard_photos_foil2_web

They are also running off right away to Susan Brubaker Knapp who may or may not show them on one of the mini-demos she’ll be busy filming soon for the next season of Quilting Arts TV. She’s going to demo how to use foil with thermofax screens. (You can find the butterfly wings thermofax screen here.)

In case you missed the news – Susan and I will be teaching a retreat together at the Once In A Blue Moon retreat October 1 – 3 in beautiful Black Mountain, NC (near Asheville.) RetreatLogoBlack_webThere were only 11 spots left last time we checked so if you were interested you might want to send in your registration form now! I’d LOVE to see you there!

new (OLD) work: christmas tree

I have been incredibly productive. NOT in finishing quilts but in making friends! My neighborhood quilt bee met yesterday for our Christmas Brunch. It was one year ago that they let me crash their party. This time I hosted it. Nothing like having a party to motivate me to clean the house!

Painted in Waterlogue

Waterlogue app

We chatted, showed off finished works, ate delicious food, and exchanged (and swiped each others’) gifts. Something Kathy said struck a chord with me. She was showing off an absolutely beautiful pieced red and white top that she had intended to finish in time for Christmas. Then she said something to the effect of “I realized I didn’t HAVE to finish it so I didn’t.”

Moku Hanga app

Moku Hanga app

It sparked an idea. I have had this quilt, unfinished, in my attic closet for almost 20 years. Yup. One of the first quilts I made. It was quilted and only lacked binding. I never loved it enough to bind it. I thought. -“I DON’T have to finish it. So I won’t.” I brought it down and said whoever wanted it could have it.Kinard_Christmas_tree3

Kathy grabbed it up. And bound it overnight. And brought it back to me. 


Did I say I had GOOD friends? I meant I have the BEST friends!

I did also bring out another finished but not layered and quilted top that is a really spectacular applique piece. She took that one too but is keeping it with my blessing. It felt great to send it to someone who would love it! Knowing her, she’ll have it finished by the end of January. I’ll show you when it’s done.

new works: watercolor leaves

Yes, I am still on a watercolor kick.wcleaf020

I think whenever I come out of any intense deadline period that I like to do something completely different, and therefore without pressure.wcleaf010It’s a lovely meditative thing to look intently and intensely at something like a leaf. I can never hope to capture every detail, but every detail is meaningful and beautiful to behold.

You can find these pieces are for sale on my Etsy shop.wcleaf040

new work: haiku

I have had the great good pleasure over the past several years of being juried into the D@8 special exhibits curated by the talented and beautiful Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jennison. This year’s exhibit, which will premier at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX at the end of October is titled: REFLECTIONS. Lovely, don’t you think? Open enough that it can be interpreted in many different ways.


IMG_2375IMG_2384The theme is announced a year in advance of the deadline so there is plenty of time to think about ideas. I’m usually pushing things up to the very last minute but this year I actually had an idea early on. Over Christmas my oldest daughters were home and consented to a just-for-fun photo session in my studio. As soon as I saw this picture of Haven I knew it would be perfect for the theme.

I’m pretty sure I have a DaVinci sketch of a maiden in a similar pose. Very REFLECTIVE don’t you think?

Digital processing is often an important part of my process, and this time I played with the image and came up with numerous variations and possibilities. My two favorite options were opposites in a way. One deepened the contrast and gave me a feel of a Rembrandt painting with it’s face shining in the darkness. The other was a mere sketch. I actually couldn’t choose between the two so I had them both printed up, 60″ tall by Spoonflower onto cotton cloth.

If you haven’t discovered Spoonflower yet you are in for a treat! You can print your photos up to 60″ wide if you are looking for something whole cloth or you can create fun and funky patterned cloth (like this music themed cloth I created)

Well as soon as I had the two options full sized up on my wall I knew my choice needed to be the sketch. Mostly because I had no idea how to turn the beautiful painterly work into a quilt. Faces, especially large scale portraits, are very difficult to add quilting lines too. My personal opinion is that if you follow the facial contours the quilting lines look like wrinkles. Threadpainting solves that problem but I’m not interested in that technique and don’t think it would work on such a large scale.

I used the printed sketch as a guideline and suggestion rather than as a pattern and painted over the whole cloth. I added in more dark and played here and there with seeing how much detail I could leave out and how much needed to be added in. My brush slipped and she now has a mole beside her nose. No worries.

Once the painting was done I felt I needed words. With the editing help of Facebook friends I worked out a simple haiku expressive of my feelings about this daughter as she was at the time preparing for her marriage. 

rings ripple outward
whispers in waters mirror
futures reflection

The bottom left corner was blank and unbalances so I added the writing in. I got it crooked and it still felt too blank so I printed a hint of texture over the top. Now of course, I’m not so sure I like the writing there at all but it’s too late – the piece is off on it’s own now. Once the writing was done it suggested the theme for quilting lines of overlapping concentric circles. That part I really, really like.


HAIKU by Lyric Montgomery Kinard 24″ x 60″ cloth, acrylic, thread

I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts. What do you think of words in art? What do you think about portraiture in textiles? Do you use digital processing as part of your creative process? What do you think of the composition? And yes, I do actually love constructive criticism. I think about it, learn what I can, and don’t take any of it personally.

There is an interview with me over on the D@8 blog if you’d care to check it out. While you are there go ahead and read through some of the other participating artist interviews. I’m so honored to be in such good company for this exhibit.

new work: XOX

Sometimes an artist needs a friend who steps in and says, “OK STOP! It’s done now!” Sometimes I can keep working a piece for ages. For now, I think I’ll be my own friend and say “It’s done.” (for now at least)

pinkXOX6I think perhaps I’m working in a series as this is the second with this theme (you can see kisses and hugs here) and another one is actually on the design wall waiting for my attention.

I thought you might enjoy seeing the full process. It began with my hand dyed cloth, and some ink doodles from my sketchbook. I made marks with this super cool japanese brush pen then played around with them just a bit in photoshop.

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These images are available in my thermofax shop by the way. I grouped and rearranged them a bit for this piece. I like to play with grouping and layering images of different sizes. Then I created Thermofax Screens to print with.pinkXOX1

The first layer of printing was done with Cascade Dishwashing Gel – thick enough to use like paint with enough bleach to discharge the dye. It’s not so strong that you have to hurry with your printing though. Remember it wear gloves and use good ventilation when you do this on your own! Bleach isn’t a chemical you want to mess with.

pinkXOX2The next layer is another fun photoshopped image. I screen printed it with Profab Textile paints, a mix of white, red and a touch of yellow. I like to keep the background prints in an analogous color scheme if I know I’m going to add a focal point color with lots of contrast and pop.

pinkXOX3This layer is two different screens, a full sized X and a full sized Spiral. I printed each screen in solid opaque white Profab Textile Paint then after washing the screens out printed the same images, just barely offset, with opaque yellow. The white really gives the yellow a huge bit of POP, don’t you think? I used some transparent orange paint to brush in a few shadows, opposite of where the white peeks out. If you keep your directions consistent as if a light source was coming from the top of the frame in this case, the highlights and shadows tie you a feeling of depth.

pinkXOX4I think the main composition of the cloth itself was done at this point so I layered and quilted the thing. I chose a thread color to blend with the cloth and stitched it to emphasize the lines that were already existent in the composition. If you look closely you can see that I stitched around a few of the background spirals to emphasize them, but most I stitched right through with my softly straight lines. The geometry of this piece isn’t very rigid.


This was a great “to go” project for the next few months. It was just small enough to fold up and take with me to meetings or on the road. I don’t think I can exactly verbalize why I chose to add the grid of x’s. I had considered emphasizing the smaller spirals with beads but I didn’t have the right colors (a peachy pink that wouldn’t be too flashy) in my stash. I think I just wanted a hand project to work on and I love further emphasizing the 1/3 – 2/3 compositional structure. A contrasting thread color further brings out the XOX but the small scale of the embroidered pattern and the repetition of the X keeps it from becoming a dominant element.

pinkXOX6I had finished it off and thought it done until I put it up on the wall to photograph. Then I felt the embroidered grid was a little unbalanced, and I wanted some more hand work to do while watching an episode of Sherlock late one night. I LOVE that show! I rarely, rarely, rarely watch TV so it’s nice to find a series on Netflix that will keep me interested but I can get through in a year. Yup – it will take me more than a year to find time to watch all 8 or 9 episodes. 

So what do YOU think?
Done now?
A few more stitches?
If the right color bead happen along should I add them?

It will probably go out to a show for now as I’ve finally got some cloth dyed so I can keep working on the first set of XOX print that are still patiently waiting on my design wall. If I feel like it later I can add more to this piece… but for now finished is a word I’m loving. And if you’ve stuck with it and read all the way down to the end of this post – I’m impressed! I really don’t mean to get so long winded, really I don’t.

As a treat for you – I’ve discounted these three screens (X, Sprial-bog, and Brush Strokes) for you in my thermofax shop for at least a week – or until I remember to change the prices back. Enjoy!



work in progress: direction

direction_lyric_kinard6Another late night session… quilting this time. I have gone old-school and used my Bernina 930. I think it’s one of the best machines ever manufactured. There is no computer do be outdated and the parts will last forever. I quilted with simple straight lines and using a walking foot after drafting a mariners compass.



With art quilts, the added element of line and texture through the stitching can be problematic with portraiture. If you try to follow facial contours with quilted lines the face ends up looking wrinkled. The only way I’ve seen it done very successfully is basically thread sketched rather than more open quilting lines. I often choose to quilt lines that are entirely different from the face itself.

direction_lyric_kinard1The compass was painted on after the piece was quilted with ProChem’s ProFab Textile Paint, transparent white. For the chartreuse I mixed in a little green Dye-Na-Flow (by Jacquard) with the white… only because it was the first bottle I touched with the perfect color. This piece is title Direction.

work in progress: direction

When hubby travels I tend to stay up waaaay too late.
But I manage to get in LOTS of creative studio time.IMG_8095This piece started with a silly selfie using the Paper Camera App.

direction_lyric_kinard2Playing around with markers. Figuring out where to draw the lines.

direction_lyric_kinard3Don’t know why I chose to enlarge the pattern by hand… drawing a grid.direction_lyric_kinard4And I wasn’t paying attention (late at night, remember) and reversed it.
No worries.

More with Melly’s Meadowlark (and a giveaway winner…almost)

(scroll down to find out the winner of Melly’s fat stack giveaway!)

Last week we took a peek at some things I made for Melanie Testa’s booth space at the Quilt Market trade show to introduce her line of fabric for Windham. If you can’t wait to see who won the Fat Stack of her fabric scroll to the end right now! The same day I put together projects for her I decided to use the leftover cloth I had and make a purse to take with me on a trip I had. And yes, the trip was happening early the next morning and it was late in the evening when I decided to throw this thing together. I used to do this ALL the time.  (Make stuff the night before a trip that is.)


meadowlark_purse03And every time I do it’s an adventure. I needed a travel purse big enough for my iPad. My every day purse is really just a hanging pocket – just big enough for my keys, iPhone, and my important cards. When I travel I need something that will fit my camera, and now my iPad. My usual travel purse has a zip opening about half an inch too small to slide my iPad into it.

I’ve had the pattern for Linda Ghee’s Bellino Purse (you can take a look at it here) ever since I met her somewhere I was teaching. Nope – don’t remember which where it was. She is a delightful person and I LOVE this bag! I vaguely remember her driving me somewhere (this could all be completely wrong in my head) and her letting me completely root through her purse as I examined the inside as closely as the outside.

I really love shoulder bags that convert into backpacks. My bones are getting old enough that they hurt with all the weight on one shoulder. I also love the adjustable straps to it can be long for an over the shoulder bag or shortened so the weight just hits the small of my back when it’s worn back-pack style.

I decided the medium bag would suit my needs well enough and sat down at my HQ16 and super quick quilted the lovely toile looking cloth to a backing. I do mean super quick. It’s just straightish lines back and forth at top speed – which on the HQ16 is fast!

IMG_9410I found this super funky lime green flower pin in my closet as I was taking photos and trying to stag them. I’ve decided it’s staying. I’ve also decided I’m better at playing with my photos than staging. (The magic straps in the air were really held up with hot pink shoelaces which I then erased with an app called Touch ReTouch.)

The funny part of the story is that it’s been about 8 years since I’ve followed a pattern. With clothing I can usually look at the pieces and choose how to put it together.

meadowlark_purse1Don’t get freaked out by that – it comes with having put together lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of sewing patterns. This was my first time following a purse pattern though and this things has three interior pockets and a zippered back pocket as well as the one you see in the front. I had to THINK about the construction. And it was late at night. And every time I got ahead of myself and thought I knew what I was doing I’d sew in a pocket upside down. It really does go together win a very clever way and the instructions are not difficult. It was just me and my brain late at night that got a little loopy.

So nearing midnight (with a 4am wake time for the next morning’s flight) I stitched the final stitch and triumphantly zipped up the main zipper – only to watch the zip/pull go sailing across the room.

meadowlark_purse4I must admit I shouted something loud enough that my husband came running down to see what was wrong. No – I didn’t swear – but I wanted to. I’ve repaired zips before. I also knew I could unsew and resew the other end. Except that I sewed the other end REALLY, REALLY good and tight and it was late. So I just snipped a few teeth, ignored the hole I poked in the cloth, and was really careful about opening my zipper on that trip. I have to admit that I zipped it right off again (and fixed it again) the next morning. When I got home I finally remembered to sew in some zipper stops on BOTH ends of that wonderfully chunky purple zipper. (Oh – the hardware and zippers can also be purchased at Ghee’s website.)

And finally, congratulations to Denise Spillane who wins a fat pack, one 10″ square of ALL 26 of Melly’s fabrics! If you love what you see here ask your local shop to order the line! (Meadowlark by Windham!)



meadowlark blog hop and giveaway

Welcome to a wonderful blog hop celebrating Melanie Testa’s first line of fabric for Windham


IMG_9147I already wrote about the sweet little table runner I made as part of Melanie’s sample team. She needed to fill a booth quickly with projects made from her line of fabric. How lucky are we to be able to play with her fabric!? I also put together a little set of nesting boxes in which she could hold things for display.

IMG_9226Here is the littlest.
The boxes were made using Pellon Peltex – a super stiff fusible craft interfacing.

IMG_9231And here is the biggest – using a leftover bit from the table runner.

IMG_9230This one has a bit of fancy on the inside too.

IMG_9228All four sitting so sweetly snug together.

Windham_booth_3And here is a picture of the crazy abundance of beauty that was just one small bit of Melly’s booth at the Quilt Market trade show!
(The picture is Melly’s – go check out her Market videos – in a minute!)

IMG_3157Off they all went for display and as is the usual in my schedule, off I went to another teaching gig. Only THIS time I did something that I haven’t done in years. Started a project for the trip the night before I left.  I’ll write all about that next week when I announce the winner of the following giveaway. Believe me – it’s a funny story! Here is a peek at the project and yes, I couldn’t help myself. I had to “play photos” first and run it through a couple of apps to make it all funky looking. I’ll post big clear pictures next Monday June 15th.

One of you lucky blog readers is going to have the chance to win a fat pack of the entire collection – that’s 26 10″ pieces! 

All you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment on this blog post between now and Thursday, June 12th.  I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner and announce it here on my blog on Friday June 13th.  Good luck!

(update – Denise Spillane is our winner. Congratulations!!!)


There’s a lot more stops and chances to win a fat pack stack on the blog hop.  You can stop by and leave a comment on each blog and have that many more chances to win.

Melanie Testa  –June 2
Vivien Zepf –June 2
Chrissie D –June 3
Sue Bleiweiss –June 4
Leslie Tucker Jenison –June 5
Jamie Fingal –June 6
Lyric Kinard –June 7
Jen Eskridge –June 8
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun –June 8
Stephanie Forsyth –June 9
Victoria Findlay Wolfe –June 10
Teri Lucas – June 11
Scott Hansen –June 12
Helen Eckard –June 12

In fact, when the blog hop is over, the blog with the most comments will also be able to draw an extra name to win a copy of Melanie’s book, Dreaming from the Journal Page. (It’s one of my favorites!) And if you love what you see – stop by your local quilt shop and ask them to order Windham Fabric’s Meadowlark line!


new work – melanie testa’s fabric line

Sometimes dreams come true.
Sometimes it takes a lot of hard work!

Melanie Testa has dreamed for years of having her own line of fabric and now she’s done it. She has worked like crazy for the past year and made it happen. Spring Quilt Market just happened. Manufacturers and designers come together and show off  their stuff to the quilt shops and Melly needed a whole booth full of stuff made out of her fabric to display.


Well – what are friends for!?
Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to play with this gorgeous stuff? This is a simple fused table runner, satin stitched over the raw edges with a layer of batting in between.

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog hop and giveaway featuring projects made with Melly’s fabric.

Melly Testa – June 2 
Vivien Zepf – June 2 
Chrissie D – June 3 
Sue Bleiweiss – June 4  
Leslie Tucker Jenison – June 5 
Jamie Fingal – June 6 
Lyric Kinard – June 7 
Jen Eskridge – June 8 
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun – June 8 (guest post)
Stephanie Forsyth – June 9 
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – June 10 
Teri Lucas – June 11 
Scott Hansen – June 12 
Helen Eckard – June 12 (guest post)

new work – just playing around

I had some trimmings left over from making a million step-outs for the Quilting Arts TV segments. For one of them I demonstrated how to make the slipcover for a book. You can click on the tutorials link under the “teaching” heading up there at the top of the website if you don’t want to wait for the segment to air.

kinard_slipcoverSo I took my strips and a little bit of Timtex. It is fusible on one side so I just ironed the strips down. No fuss, no muss.

IMG_8431Next I chose to be wild and “just see what happens” if I free motion quilt with the needle set to zig-zag rather than a straight stitch.

IMG_8432Ah – so THAT’S what happens.
The timtex is stiff enough that you can zig-zag over the edge for a nice finish without it curling or collapsing on itself.


I even like the back of this little piece. Almost like a wild heart-beat monitor printout.IMG_8436It’s only 6″ x 6″. Any ideas for a title?

New Work: Inspired by Libby

Like much of the rest of the eastern United States, the winter of 2014 in North Carolina was wickedly wild. One week we will had lovely 70 degrees and the next week (or even the next day) it froze. And unlike the North, we are unprepared. No snow tires, very few plows, no snow shovels. Of course I still have a snow shovel but even when it snows I rarely use it. Everything shuts down so I don’t need to get out of the driveway – why bother. It will melt the next day anyway.IMG_8284So during one of these “shut down” snow days when I couldn’t get out or run my errands I played with fabric. I had some lovely screen printed cloth and a great inspiration.

LALatMachine_500Libby Lehman is one of the greats! She has been a talented quilt artist and one of the best teachers there is for longer than I’ve been quilting. Last year she had a devestating stroke at much too young an age.

1920566_10152079666832762_756236289_nA number of artists have been invited to use one of her quilts as inspiration to create a work of their own. These quilts, inspired by Libby, will be exhibited then auctioned, raising funds to help defray some of her medical expenses. 

IMG_8285Once my quilt top was printed and pieced I played a little further with paint then slapped the piece up on my design wall while I played with the kids for a while. 

IMG_8288When I came back to take a look at the work the circles just weren’t enough so I added a few more, quilted some straight lines to contrast with the circular elements and once again, set the piece aside for a while. 

IMG_2424The next morning I decided that the piece needed some warmth to contrast with all those cool colors. I didn’t even think about how vibrant a predominantly primary color scheme would look until it was done. A few darker orange swipes to add some depth of value and I think we are done. I’ll let you know when the pieces go on display and when they will be auctioned.

At the end of February Ricky Timms and his partner, Justin were able to visit Libby in her home. She was able to answer the door herself with the aid of a walker. Good for you Libby!!!!!

New Work table topper project from Lynn Krawczyk’s book, Intentional Printing

TA DA!!!
It’s finished!

IMG_9109This printed piece was inspired by a project in the book
Intentional Printing
By Lynn Krawczyk
(You can read my review here. The giveaway for US residents is still open – go there and leave a comment for your chance to win this fabulous book!)

I learned several things in the process of making this piece:IMG_91111- perhaps insulated batting plus another layer of regular cotton batting (I want it to be a giant hot pad for my dining room table) might be too much to wrestle with going through my home machine. Even with fuse basting and using a walking foot the layers wanted to separate and shift.


2- I found that didn’t care enough about perfection to take the time to make this piece perfectly square. I know I could have done it but finished was better in my mind than perfect. I did cut the batting and backing perfectly square before quilting but the stitching distorted things. I had left the top bigger with the intention to fold it to the back as a fused facing. I went ahead and did it that way. If I had trimmed the whole thing then added a sewn on facing it would be square, but not done. Knowing my tendency to put things off if I don’t like a technique I went ahead and finished it. Guess what!? I LOVE IT!

And just to make you feel a little better – this is what the table looked like before I cleaned it up to take the picture. My youngest daughter decided to work on her own project while I worked on mine. She made the bat toy – a lovely addition to her growing collection. She’s made a giant squid and an octopus so far. She has since embroidered a giant red smile on the bat. No help or instruction from me – she just makes up patterns and cuts and sews. Things fall off sometimes and if she cares enough she will fix them. I do give her instruction if she asks for it, or sometimes just suggest an easier way to do something but I don’t make her do it my way. She will learn by making mistakes and perhaps will still love creating things instead of remembering sewing as a chore.


And now – to all my dear and patient international readers – if you want a chance to win a copy of INTENTIONAL PRINTING please leave a comment here. And no, I decided not to ask you to chip in on shipping. It will be my gift to you. Just tell me one idea you might have for paying the gift of creativity forward. Whether it’s sharing your talent with the next generation or being brave enough to send your own work out to a wider audience, I want to hear how your creativity makes the world a better place. I will pick a winner next Sunday the 13th of April.

Congratulations go to Arlene in Papua New Ginea!!! She is the lucky winner of Lynn’s fabulous book.

Do me a favor everyone – let your other international friends know this is available. Share this post via FaceBook or whatever your favorite social media outlet is.
Intentional Printing - jacket artAnd if you can’t wait to win, perhaps you want to purchase the book.
You can buy it  from Interweave / F+W Media for $26.99
or you can purchase a signed copy directly from the author herself at

new work – hope


Sometimes things take a very long time here in my studio.  I had to look it up. My first post about this really large canvas was back in May of 2012 and I had already had it laying around for months. 

June of 2013 I finally took the next step.  The blasted thing is 4′ square which doesn’t seem that big unless it is taking up half your design wall. I’ve gotta say that textiles/quilts have a huge advantage in the “taking up studio space” storage department.


It gets moved back behind the drafting table but then it is covering up you storage shelving. I worked on it quickly for a few days and then was stuck again. Or bored with it. By now mostly lived against the wall in the dining room but had to be moved whenever we had guests.


So I finally decided it needed to GO! Which means it needed to be finished. It will live on my bedroom wall and replace a large scale O’Keefe print (Jack in the Pulpit IV) that  I’ve loved for 30 years but am ready to let go. 


I don’t think the work is show quality (there are a lot of messes – and no I’m not pointing them out to you!) If I did this again I’m pretty sure I could make it amazing. I learned a LOT playing around with unfamiliar media. And I love it enough to live with it being the first thing I see every morning (right after hubby’s handsome face.)






Sometimes it feels so good to just get something FINISHED!
The title comes from this quote

Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ,
having a perfect brightness of hope,
and a love of God and of all men.

2 Nephi: 20

Work in Progress: The Gift

 This is up on my design wall.
I’m having ideas for quilting it – not sure when it will get done.


The pattern on has been on my wall for over a year and just needed a particularly insomniatic night with Mr. Almost Perfect out of town. I can never make myself go to bed when he’s not here. (I miss him.) 
IMG_7912I’m trying to be better this year about not wasting so much of my time and getting more work done. Audio books have been a big help there. I get so caught up in the story that I can’t wait to get back into the studio.

What do you do to help you get into your creative place and get things done? Or is it just me that loses interest in a project before I actually start cutting out cloth if it involves a pattern? Apparently I really like the design phase but have a problem actually getting started. Or getting finished for that matter.

new work: IQA Silent Auction

Time Flies is my latest work and will be donated to the International Quilt Association’s silent auction, held during the International Quilt Festival at the end of this month in Houston. 

photo 1-10Time Flies
dyed, printed, painted, stitched

photo 2-11If you happen to be going to Houston this year, consider placing a bid.
Tell your friends to place a bid. Bid high. Bid often!!!

New Work: In Search of the Old Ones

photo 2-13

photo 1-13


(let me know what you think.)

These are headed up this morning to

FreezeFrame Logo
September 26 – October 20, 2013
Artist Reception: September 27, 2013, 6 to 8pm
Page-Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513

New Work: Bach Suite no.1: gigue

Bach+The+Cello+Suites+Yoyoma_Bach_Suites_LI spent the lovely month of February prepping for my taping of The Quilt Show (just found out it will air Nov 25th – mark your calendars!)

Two other things happened together at that same point in time. I was practicing an arrangement of Bach’s Suite no. 1 for Cello (on my horn) and listening to it constantly and I had a deadline coming up.


Now that the results are in I can show you some pictures. I am thrilled to announce that Bach Suite no.1: gigue has been accepted into the An Exquisite Moment exhibit, opening at the  International Quilt Festival in Long Beach; August 1-4, 2013; sponsored by Moore’s Sewing Centers. It will also be showing at the International Quilt Festival in Houston; Oct 31- Nov 3, 2013; sponsored by Havel’s Scissors.

It has been a long time since I’ve been in love with a work that I’ve completed. I enjoy my work and think it’s adequate but feel that I’ve mostly just playing around, learning, working. This piece – I LOVE!

24″ x 60″

It is whole cloth, dyed, discharged, screen printed with original images that I’ve  photoshopped. The cello and wings are hand painted.

The piece says something very close to what I feel about the beauty of music in general, and this piece in particular. The Bach Suites are my “go to” music when I need to feel peace and beauty.


New Work: Time Flies

I finished up two more sweet little pieces, a continuations of the Time Flies series started for the Art Box CSA. That venture is currently on hiatus.

time2 time5

There are a few unsold pieces back with me now from that series. They are currently on display at the Cary Art Center in the glass case outside the ARTQUILTSrivers exhibit.


time9More wings of course.
And a katazome stencil, and poetry, and pocketwatches.



Let me know what you think.

New Work: quartet

While I was working on completion of a much larger piece over the past couple of weeks I also played around with more smaller pieces.

photo 3-2 I’m totally in love with this small format.

quartet1010 x 10 inches is enough room for me to play around, to experiment, to quickly work through a series of ideas.

quartete8Mounting each piece on gallery wrapped canvas gives it presence and presenting them in groups creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.


I’m not even close to tired of this motif yet.


Wings and music simply live together in my mind.


Work on the Wall: Chambers Arts Gallery

photo 1-21Yes, I still get excited to see my work up on a wall instead of in boxes in a closet. I had a more refined and dignified picture I could have put up here but thought, “no – that’s how it feels to see your name all big on a sign with the word ARTIST attached to it!” And people even came to the reception! Well – a good few. It was very cold and rainy. The last time I had a reception for a solo show here in town nobody came – it was snowing and NOBODY goes out to drive in the snow here in the land of no-plows-and-ice. Rightfully 1-25Chambers Arts! Gallery is located on 200 S. Academy Street in Cary, NC. If you want to stop by you’ll need to call (919) 481-1003 first. The next two weeks it is changing ownership and will be open only sporadically. The show will be up until Monday the 25th of March.

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If you do stop by, make sure to wander around to the back hallway as well as the main gallery space. Some of my more whimsical work is hung there.

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And…. (drum roll please!) One of my pieces has sold from the show!
Glory – the nine green canvases with the leaves will be going home with a new owner.
You can read more about the creation of that piece here.


New Work: The Art Box CSA – time flies

 In November there will be a fabulous new set of Art Boxes for sale at
 The Artbox CSA

These pieces will be in a “half box” – four pieces of art, each from a different artist. You really have to see the prices to believe them. (Fantastic for a holiday gift – hint hint!)

Each piece is wrapped on an 8″ x 8″ gallery wrapped canvas, 1 1/2″ deep.

Each of these works starts with blank white cloth which is dyed or painted then layered with several textural screen prints. In this case writing and a japanese katazome stencil.

I’ve blocked out an area with opaque white textile paint in preparation for screen printing the main images. I’ve used wings then the pocketwatches, images I’ve photoshopped or in the case of two of the wings, adapted from a Dover Design publication.

It was actually a bit difficult to part with these. I think they is my very favorite series yet!

New Work: The ArtBox CSA

 In November there will be a fabulous new set of Art Boxes for sale at
 The Artbox CSA

If you’ve been thinking a bit about purchasing one of the current boxes there are just a few left. These are beautiful collections of artwork at some very reasonable prices!

 Each of these pieces is 8″ x 8″, wrapped on a 1 1/2″ deep gallery canvas.

You can see a little of the process for these works here.

Each piece begins with hand dyed cloth, a doodle that was turned into a thermofax screen that was used to print the cloth, then pieces, fused, machine quilted and hand stitched.

A tutorial for this mounting technique can be found here.

The Artbox CSA

The Art Box CSA

I thought you might enjoy seeing the creation process for the series of works I did for

The Art Box CSA

Art Box work by Lyric Montgomery Kinard

dye and discharge cloth with a katazome inspired thermofax screen

mix colorless extender with textile paint to increase its transparency

use photoshop and make several images for a thermofax screen – variations on a theme

put it up and take a look – say oooooh, aaaaah!

test images for placement, keeping in mind the size of the canvas

use a strong enough color that it will contrast and become a focal point

a second screen will be used to apply foil adhesive to a selected area

a card (I always end up with a hotel room key) is perfect for this size of screen

lay the foil color side up on top of the DRY adhesive and use the edge of the iron and quite a bit of pressure to apply the foil

let the foil cool before peeling it off

check placement with canvas again before proceeding to the next step – adding batting and stitching

Keep your eye out here for a tutorial on how to mount the finished work on a gallery wrapped canvas.

The finished artwork in this series is available for purchase at

What is an Art Box?

An Art Box is a new and exciting way to purchase a collection of art from several different artists at once.  Artists create a limited number of new original artworks for inclusion in the box in a predetermined size making it easy for the collector to display them together if they desire. Purchasing an Art Box is a cost effective way to begin or add to a growing art collection from today’s most popular mixed media and textile artists.

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