Monday, August 21, 2017

Work in Process

I am beginning to play around with some of the newly dyed fabrics.  Stay tuned for more...

From my garden- I have been able to pick ripe figs for the first time in years!  Here is how I saved figs from the wildlife...
covered figs

... by covering the branches with cloth bags.  The tree does not produce a very large crop, so this idea has worked successfully to allow me to enjoy some sweet figs, while leaving a few for the critters.


In fact, I had some overripe ones, so I made a jar of lemon fig honey jam.  Yummy!


Something new- I have picked and processed some of my grape leaves by blanching in briefly in hot water, then storing in the freezer to make dolmas in the future.

grape leaves

For the next 2 weeks I will be taking some personal retreat time... I will be off social media and this blog until September 2nd.  I have been spending more time online (especially Facebook), feeling increasingly distracted, getting less done and often distressed.  It is time for some renewal with quiet away from social media.  It will be interesting to see what discoveries arise. I will let you know how it goes.  Enjoy the rest of your summer, dear readers!

Leaving you with this:
... each one of us counts to do this peacemaking work with our own hearts and minds, because if one person does, it influences the people around them ... Peacemaking is as contagious as violence.
~ Pema Chodron 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Out of the Dye Pot

dyeing fabric

I was going through things on the porch, and found my selection of Procion dyes.  Considering passing them on since I had not touched them for many years, then figured why not dye one last batch.  It ended up being a  fun summer project experimenting with not only cotton, but brocades and other fabrics.  And now I have a selection of interesting pieces to work with... 

dyeing fabric

The baggie contained pieces above bake in the sun to intensify colors.

dyeing fabric

Another selection....

dyeing fabric

Still considering passing on the remaining dyes.  For one thing, the process uses a lot of water, not good for our drought sensitive area.

And from the garden...  I planted this ginger root that began to sprout in the kitchen, and it is growing..

ginger sprout

Monday, July 31, 2017


Synchronicity © 2017 Linda A. Miller

I finished "Synchronicity".  It is created from a hand dye that I bought at a quilt show.  Since it had been sitting in my stash, feeling it "too precious" to use... so used it by cutting it up and piecing it!  I added much embroidery to the piece.  Very satisfying work.

Synchronicity © 2017 Linda A. Miller

And, an interesting exhibit to report on... Sabrina Gschwandtner's "Hands at Work" at Shoshana Wayne Gallery at Bergamot Station through August 26th.  Looks like a quilt doesn't it?  The artist sewed vintage 16mm film strips for her quilts.  The quilts are hung over a light box frames on the wall, so the film imagery can be seen when up close.  There was also a video of hands at work knitting, stitching, etc.  Striking work!

Sabrina Gschwandtner
Sabrina Gschwandtner

Thursday, July 20, 2017

What's Up?

work in progress

Between various house and garden repair projects I have not been keeping up with posts.  However, I have been slowly embroidering on the piece above, from a hand dye.  It is the slow work that I love to do.
Perfect for the hot days of summer.

It has also been website updating time.  I invite you to take a look at the galleries on my site:

Reporting on a few exhibits of note at the Getty Center.  "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney" includes a number of David Hockney's enigmatic self-portraits through the years, and also a series of his inventive photographs.  He is one of my favorite artists.  Show runs through November 26th.  Also on is "The Birth of Pastel" through 12/17/17.  Spent a lovely day up there this week.  Always an uplifting time, and it was not too hot either!

And finally, here is an inspirational book I have been reading:  "From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older" by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald Miller.  This is a wonderful practical view to approaching elderhood with fresh open mind... 

Before I close, let me leave you with this from Lee Worley’s Four Foundations for Creative Process (in her book Coming from Nothing):

  • Willingness to open
  • Trusting in your experience
  • Willingness to take a chance
  • Not making anything of it

I will be taking more time offline this summer, so posting will be light until fall.  Have a great summer!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Projects


This is what I am thinking about... kindness keeps rising in my mind.  Playing with another version of kindness in the 12" x 11" piece below...

Kindness 2 © Linda A. Miller 2017

In the June Creativity Lab, where creative process and meditation meet, we explored drawing the space between the object.  Always good to have a fresh approach in art making!

creativity lab

In the garden, this huge staghorn fern finally grew too heavy, and came down taking the lattice with it.  It had been given to me years ago by a neighbor when he moved away, and over time it happily grew through the lattice, becoming double sided.  The supporting chains finally rotted.


It has been quite a project to trim it down, giving away staghorn fern pups to friends and family as I went.


Now all cut up,  I am considering where to hang some new fernlets in future.  And the lattice?  Not sure that it will be replaced... I rather like the open space with more sun. 


And here is the first globe carrot from the garden....  long in growing, but delicious!

And finally, did a bit of computer maintenance for overheating issues, cleaning out a wad of dust and hair (see below upper right).  Thanks to YouTube for the how to video, thankfully quite easy for my computer.  And the fan works great now! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Off to Sacred Threads

On the Wind © Linda A. Miller
On the Wind © Linda A. Miller 2016
"On the Wind" is on the road to Sacred Threads, which runs July 7 - 23 at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171.  I love being a part of this exhibition of work expressing life's journeys: Joy, Inspiration, Spirituality, Healing, Grief, Peace.  "On the Wind" comes under the Inspiration theme. 

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my quilts which were shown in past Sacred Threads exhibits:

Energy © Linda A. Miller 2010
Energy © Linda A. Miller 2010

Linear Moves © Linda A. Miller 2011
Linear Moves © Linda A. Miller 2011

Heart's Vision © Linda A. Miller 2011
Heart's Vision © Linda A. Miller 2011

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

Perhaps next time I will attend the exhibit myself!   Maybe....

Monday, June 12, 2017

Opening Reception

"Conversation" by Linda A. Miller
With "Conversation"

Yesterday's SAQA Regional "Untethered Thread" exhibit opening reception proved to be a fun afternoon.  The morning began with unexpected rain showers on the drive south with my friend Sally Wright, who also had work in the exhibit.  By lunch time we were enjoying the sunshine in my sister's garden before we all headed to the exhibit.  The Poway Center for the Performing Arts' double level lobby is a wonderful expansive light-filled environment, and makes a great venue to view art.  The reception was well attended with exhibiting artists and friends.  Always good to run into old friends and meet new ones. 

"Sonata in Blue" by Linda A. Miller
With "Sonata in Blue"

Sally Wright with "Swan Song"

"Hey Kahuna, No Trespassing" by Terry Waldron (right)

"Water Dance" by Terry Waldron

And on the upper level...

Linda Anderson

Work by Laura Bisagna, our curator

The show runs through June 24th.  PCPA- 15498 Espola Road, Poway, 92064. There will docent tours led by Mary Tabar on June 19th and 23rd at 1:00pm.  Viewing hours:  *Tuesday - Friday 9a - 5p; Saturday 10a - 3p. Come on by!

*Parking pass required Tues - Fri.  BEFORE parking stop at green curb, go into PCPA lobby Admin Office for a free parking pass.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


SAQA's Regional Untethered Thread opening reception is this Sunday, June 11th, 1:00 - 3:00pm at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway.  See you there!

Sonata in Blue by Linda A. Miller 2016

Monday, June 5, 2017

Exhibits of Note

I have seen some terrific local exhibits recently.  There are two at the Craft and Folk Art Museum running through August 20th.  Betye Saar's amazing solo show Keepin' It Clean features her potent washboard assemblages, begun in 1990's. These pieces speak to Saar's commitment to highlight social and political concerns. I found the exhibit very powerful.  The second CAFAM show, Material as Metaphor features 11 western artists using fiber as sculptural form.  I was especially taken with the subtle work of weaver Christy Matson, who uses fibers such as paper, cashmere, alpaca, linen, and cotton for her wall hangings.

Deborah Weir's Elemental exhibit at the Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester, Inglewood is showing her inventive mixed media textiles through June 16th.  The themes include earth, water, fire and wind.  I went to a demo and walk through yesterday.  It is always a pleasure to discover what new technique that Deborah is working with to create her exciting pieces. See more here.

Deborah Weir

My friend Sandra Lauterbach has a wonderful solo exhibit Color and Form Run Wild at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, 543 N. Fairfax, open through July 12th.  The show features 35 pieces, ranging in size from 12" and up.  Sandra's work is a joyous riot of color and texture not to be missed!  It always brightens my day to see her quilts.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SAQA Auction 2017

Sonata 9 by Linda A. Miller

I have donated "Sonata 9" to this year's SAQA Auction to support their exhibition and outreach programsThe online 2017 Benefit Auction will take place from September 15 through October 8. The Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15 with Diamond Day bidding. Last year's Auction raised almost $80,000.

I have been a member since 2008 and find it to be a very supportive organization for art quilt artists.  I have made friends, and learned much about navigating many facets of the art world through programs offered by SAQA.  I highly recommend joining!

Learn more about the Auction here. More about my Sonata series here

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Off to a New Home

Embryo by Linda A. Miller

I am happy to report that "Embryo" has a new home.  Many thanks to the new owners.  May the quilt bring years of enjoyment. 

You can see more in my brushwork series here.

A post script to my last blog post about Threads of Resistance-  Though my work was not juried into the traveling exhibition (59 were chosen out of 500+ entries), you can see my quilts with all other artwork entries on the Threads of Resistance site, under theme "Other"   This is highly unusual to show all entered artwork for a juried exhibit.  The Artist Circle Alliance curators stated: "We believe that it’s important for all of these artworks to be seen regardless of whether or not we were able to include them in the traveling exhibit and so we created this website to give every artist who submitted work an opportunity to have their artwork seen and their voice heard."  Thank you, Artist Circle Alliance!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Focus and Process

Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard.
~ Rebecca Solnit

I have, for the most part, been enjoying the quiet focus of art making.  Here is what I've been up to...  

I wanted to add my voice to the call for Threads of Resistance, an exhibition of work created to protest the current administration’s actions and policies.  As an artist I choose to express my concerns through my work by showing what I support.  Over the months, the word “kindness” kept bubbling up in my consciousness. It became a gentle reminder to slow down when challenges surfaced.  Kindness is needed at this time, for us and for the earth. Kindness became the starting point for this piece. 

I used similar techniques to my Sonata series with ink work, applique, and lots of hand stitching.

With "Kindness" completed, I still had about 10 days before the entry deadline. I decided to make one more quilt.  It was a very focused and purposeful week!  The process was smoother than with the first quilt (no critic acting up).

The idea for "Respect" is linked to the basic tenet of the Women’s March on Washington: Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights.  I feel the same could be applied to respect, that all beings deserve equal consideration. May we meet each other with mutual respect.

Both quilts are entered.  I accomplished what I set out to do by choosing not to be silent, and I am happy with the effort, regardless if the work is chosen.  Now it is up to the jurors.  I just learned that there were over 500 entries!  This was an avenue for many voices to share their concerns.  It is going to be an interesting show. 

More words by Rebecca Solnit from her essay A Short History of Silence: "Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard.  It surrounds the scattered islands made up of those allowed to speak and of what can be said and who listens.  Silence occurs in many ways for many reasons; each of us has his or her own sea of unspoken words."


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Untethered Thread Reception

Sonata in Blue by Linda A. Miller 2016

The date is set!  The artist reception for SAQA's Untethered Thread exhibit will be held on:
Sunday, June 11 at 1:00 - 3:00p
at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Road, Poway 92064

PCPA is a beautiful and spacious venue.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Untethered Thread

Conversation by Linda A. Miller 2017
Conversation by Linda A. Miller 2017

I am pleased to announce that "Conversation" and "Sonata in Blue" have been juried into the upcoming SAQA regional exhibit Untethered Thread at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts from June 1st through June 24th!  Address: 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064. This is an exhibition of contemporary textiles showcasing the diverse artistic styles and exceptional craftmanship of SAQA regional members from Southern California and Southern Nevada.  I am honored to have work included.

Sonata in Blue by Linda A. Miller 2016
Sonata in Blue by Linda A. Miller 2016

The artist reception date is still to be determined, so stay tuned for more.

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Drop on by!


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