Summer is Drawing to An End…

… and I am ready for winter. It has been extremely warm in the California Northwest. I moved here from Santa Fe, New Mexico and looking forward to the cooler weather but no not this summer. Anyway…. I have been working away in my studio making lots of art, quiltings and paintings, and enjoying my time in the studio. I am in a resting period now as I have finished up all of my projects and waiting for divine inspiration for my next quilt. (with a lot of work creating ideas to help the divine to answer)I have applied to be one of one hundred artist to embellish an otter!! Humboldt State University Wildlife Dept. and the Ink People have joined to produce a public arts initiative – North Coast Otters. This will benefit the research at the university of our river otters. After much anticipation I just found out I am one of the chosen 100 artist!! Here is a picture of the three foot high fiberglass otters, my little sketch of what I intend to do with my otter, which is to cover him in bits of fabric bright color motifs. I am spending enjoyable time cutting out all of these little bits and pieces. So excited about this project. Check back next month to see the work in process or join me on Instagram or Facebook (katiepm) to follow my journey. 

August Is Upon Us!

It has been a great summer filled with family reunions, good movies, good friends and good food. I start a rigorous teaching schedule taking me to San Francisco, Paducah, Juneau, The Texas Quilt Museum for a retrospective, Tahoe and Canada!! Then home for the holidays. Please check out my itinerary to see if I will be teaching near you and maybe we could meet up. I have finished up a lot of quilts in the last few months and that feels really good. 

Two Artful Log Cabins:   


The Map Quilt, for the cover of my brother Mark’s second book in his series on quilt mysteries. 

I have finished several quilts started in workshops as examples of what we were doing:

Gum Tree Blossoms I

Gum Tree Blossoms II, from my Jumpstarting your Creativity course

Cabbage, from the Fractured Landscape class.

It feels good to have those done and now I am working on a quilt based on Waterlilies, and a new still-life piece for my floral series. A lot of my family has been around, and two of my brothers like working in the yard so many trees have been cut back and there is a feeling of openness to my lovely land around my home, I can see the creek again!! Thanks to my brothers!! Thanks for stopping by, if you want to keep in touch please like me on facebook at katiepm. Enjoy!!

Summer is Coming!

Spring has been beautiful in the pacific northwest. Getting used to the rain after 25 years in the desert!! But that is why it is so green here and what my beloved Redwoods love the most. I have just designed a line for Free Spirit fabrics and I am so excited about it. Spring Market went well and it will be shipped to the stores in November. I will have a spot for ordering it on my web site once I get the yardage!!! can’t wait I love my new line and I am currently working on the second line for Free Spirit which will show at next years Spring Market. I love painting and they are translating my paintings to fabric. They made me promise not to show until one month out from shipping so we will all just have to wait. In the meantime I am working on several quilts. One, a map quilt, for the cover of my brothers second book it in the Steve Walsh mysteries, that takes the place of a map that shows where the hidden treasure is. Another a fractured landscape that I started at Asilomar in my Fractured Landscape class that I taught there the first of the year. Another is for my big show at the Texas Quilt Museum In October based on the Artful log cabin inspired from a teal and orange old door. So busy busy. Trying to get all of the odds and ends finished up so that I can start a new still life piece. Over memorial day my cousin, sister and myself got together and finished 14 quilt tops that we donate to the Veterans center at College of the Redwoods for Christal Morris to give to our local vets to thank them for there service. We love making these for those guys and gals and love them for what they have done for our country. Here are the tops, now we need to get them all quilted by the end of July to present them to our soldiers. A busy summer ahead for me and I hope you have a productive and creative summer. love and hugs, katiepm