Thursday, December 18, 2014




PSALM 121 My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth
These images have been chosen by Augsburg Fortress to be used on church bulletins for 2016. MORNING ALLELUIAS will be used for Easter and they will be printing 375,000!  This is a wonderful year end surprise. I didn't seek it out and the serendipity is delightful. I am really praising the Lord for this opportunity! I should probably get my paints out and get painting, but I have more quilting to do and that comes first. But I am reveling in the affirmation!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


The Learning Curve (detail)

The Learning Curve (detail)

The Learning Curve (detail)

The Learning Curve
This quilted wall hanging will hang in the guest room of my daughter's house and will match the green walls. Through this project, I learned to 'quilt as you go', how to make my own bias tape, and also how to create perfect circles out of fabric for applique. A learning curve, indeed! I'm thankful for videos on the internet that helped me make it through.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AND we're back!

My web guy, Arend VanderPols (he's terrific), fixed the website in nothing flat! So it's ready to be browsed!

These photos show where my energy has been going since I found out our daughter will be having a child in February. These quilts are on the baby's crib in Denver waiting to snuggle him or her. I've been watching quilt videos while I'm on the treadmilll and learning all sorts of things. Today, I hope to finish a quilteed wall hanging that taught me circle making, bias tape making and "quilt as you go" techniques.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Web site malfunction!

I was making changes to my website yesterday and it suddenly turned to text! Of course, my web guy is out of town. My apologies to anyone trying to access it right now. Images are still available on my computer if you need an Advent image. Email me at

Thursday, October 02, 2014

New shows of my artowrk

This week I'm hanging a major one person show of my artwork at Church of the Servant (3835 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI) I'll post pictures here when it's up. The ARTery is a long hallway, and I intend to fill it to the brim and I hope to not bring all of it home. There will be a price list in the office or available through me and the work will be very affordable.

In November and December, I'll be showing some of my Advent work at Bella Vista Church in Rockford and at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. ( You can also see my whole body of Advent work here.

And finally, November 8 I will be joining with other artists for a one day show and sale. It should be a wonderful pre-Christmas opportunity to see and buy unique handmade work.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Psalm 130 revisited

I revisited this theme because frustration, anxiety and depression are realities in life and in faith communities. Psalm 130 is an honest plea for God to listen and pay attention to the psalmist and a reassurance of God's unfailing love. "I wait for the LORD. My whole being waits!" We get trapped in the mazes of our lives but God knows the way we take and God leads us up into the light!

Psalm 130   A song of ascents.

 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;

    Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy. 
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
 But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
 I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.
 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.

He himself will redeem Israel

    from all their sins.