Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Appreciating people just the way they are....

“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” ~ Ram Dass


The commission was a Christmas gift and I worked with the client over a few months to create a very specific painting in size and subject for very specific spot. I'm pleased that they like it and will enjoy it in their kitchen.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Disappearing nine patch quilt 2015

My latest quilt project was a queen sized disappearing nine patch quilt. The top picture shows the traditional nine patch. To make a disappearing nine patch, the 9 patch is cut in 1/2 both vertically and diagonally. It can create lots of lovely patterns with a limited palette of fabrics, but for mine, I chose to have lots of colors and novelty prints that would be at home in an eclectic cabin in Northern Michigan and few lined up seams. There are fish, deer, birds, ducks, pheasants, flowers, leaves and lots of wonderful prints. I love this quilt concept, but I'll never do a queen sized again!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

2015 Chopped block quilt

I am working on a queen sized quilt utilizing the chopped block pattern. I'm using the quilt as you go technique, so each block was quilted before the pieces were assembled. I cleverly planned a pattern for the back and then in the midst of putting the pieces together, the pattern got thrown off, since I was only really looking at the front and some of the blocks needed to be adjusted. I'm anxious to get this done so that I can paint in the studio again! I love the quilting, but I need to push some paint!

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 vwieringa@gmail.com