Mixing It Up in Mt. Vernon, Washington

My husband and I have been spending a lot of time up in the Pacific Northwest this year. Dean is originally from Seattle, so we have lots of friends to visit up there. This last weekend, we made some new friends. We flew up to Seattle and drove north to Mt. Vernon, which is a town near La Conner and Anacortes. I taught a workshop on my mixed media techniques to an enthusiastic and talented group of women. Everyone of them finished their pieces in the two days. I hope you enjoy the “gallery” show of their work.

by Stephanie Davis

by Stephanie Davis

by Michele Murnane

by Michele Murnane

by Julie Jones

by Julie Jones

by Judy Irish

by Judy Irish

by Dorothy Moseley

by Dorothy Moseley

by Consuelo Alvarez

by Consuelo Alvarez

by Cindy Gilbrough

by Cindy Gilbrough

by Christine Errington

by Christine Errington

by Chris Rohloff

by Chris Rohloff

by Carolyn Vandenheuvel

by Carolyn Vandenheuvel

Mount Vernon Group Calico Creations Quilt Shop

Mount Vernon Group
Calico Creations Quilt Shop

47th Annual Textile Exhibition at Olive Hyde Art Gallery

PetrosIt’s time for the Olive Hyde Art Gallery 47th Annual Textile Show. This is a wonderful show for all types of fiber artwork from sculptures and felted objects to mixed media collages and art quilts. This is one of the most popular shows at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery each year. I have been fortunate enough to have participated in this show several times.

The show runs from Friday, June 19 through Saturday, July 18, 2015. The gallery is located at 123 Washington Boulevard in Fremont, California and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Hope you can join me at the reception on Friday, June 19, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Fresh Works V at the Harrington Gallery

Dark Woods - reducedFresh Works V is coming soon to the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, California. This is always a wonderful show of unique artwork from Bay Area artists. The show runs from May 2 – June 6, 2015 with a reception on May 2 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. The Firehouse Art Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue. I am delighted to have one of my mixed media pieces “Dark Woods” included in the show.

Here is the link to the e-postcard.
E-Postcard for artists – Fresh Works V

1000 Quilt Inspirations

Seaweed SwirlI am so honored to be included in the new book by Sandra Sider called 1000 Quilt Inspirations. It was just released. The book is available from Amazon. So many different types of quilts are included, so this book has something for everyone. I have 5 small quilts that are in the book, and my quilt called “Seaweed Swirl” is also included on the collage of quilts on the cover. It is in the upper left corner. Here’s a picture of the quilt.

Mixing It Up at the SJ Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Poppy Fields No 3Last time I tried to teach the “Mixing It Up” workshop at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, we didn’t have enough lead-time to let everyone know about the class. We are going to give it another try. I will be teaching this 2-day class, which focuses on mixed media in art quilting, in the Yvonne Porcella Room of the Museum.

We will make 12” square art quilts focusing on pattern design using fabric, papers and paint. This class provides a wonderful atmosphere for creativity and experimentation. If you are interested in expanding your quilting techniques, this is the class for you. A sewing machine that can do free-motion stitching is required.

The class is on Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, from 11:00am – 5:00pm. The fees are $100 for Museum members and $120 for non-members, plus a $25 class supply fee due at registration. A student supply list is available at the time of registration. To register, go to the Museum website at

https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=6b8222.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is located at 520 South First Street, San Jose, California. Hope you can join us.

Student Work from Empty Spools Seminars

Nancy Ryan and I just taught a 5-day workshop called “Impressionistic Landscape Wall Quilts” for Empty Spools Seminars at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. What a delight it was to teach at such a beautiful spot. We had 8 amazing students who created outstanding work. The last afternoon we were there, they had a walk-around, so the students can see what was happening in all the classrooms. I think our students’ work caused quite a buzz around the campus. We were thrilled to be asked to come back and teach in 2017.

Peggy Ross

Peggy Ross


Claudia Klingler

Claudia Klingler

Edalee Keehn

Edalee Keehn

Pam Smith

Pam Smith


Jan Carter

Jan Carter


Jan Smith

Jan Smith


Kathy Custer

Kathy Custer


Susan Riddoch

Susan Riddoch


Susan Riddoch - 2nd quilt pinned

Susan Riddoch – 2nd quilt pinned

All Mixed Up with the Diablo Valley Quilt Guild

In November 2014, I did a 1-day workshop with a group from the Diablo Vallley Quilt Guild. The workshop was called “All Mixed Up.” I was so impressed by the creativity of this group, especially given the short timeframe. These were all 12” squares. Enjoy!

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Impressions in Fabric at La Conner

It is now getting close to the start of our show, Impressions in Fabric, art quilts by Denise Oyama Miller and Nancy Ryan. This exhibit will be shown at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum from April 1 – June 28, 2015. The reception has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. The show consists of 37 quilts inspired by the landscapes of the West from Antelope Valley in California to the Pacific Northwest.

We will also be teaching our technique for these impressionistic landscapes from April 1 – 3, from 10:00am – 3:00pm at a site close to the museum. Registration is handled through the museum’s website at www.laconnerquilts.com.

The museum is located in the Gaches Mansion, which is a 5,000 square foot Tudor-style Victorian located at 703 South 2nd Street, La Conner, Washington. It has been recently restored. Our show will be on the third floor. The hours for the museum are Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm. The phone number 360-466-4288.

I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the reception.

This is one of my quilts that will be in the show. It is called Sunset on the Sound (76″ x 24″).

Sunset on the Sound - Denise Oyama Miller

Landscape Impressions Workshop at Empty Spools Seminars

Retired to the CountryNancy Ryan and I are going to be teaching our fabric impressions technique for Empty Spools Seminars from Friday, February 27 – Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The workshop will take place at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. We couldn’t be more honored and delighted. The date for this seminar is coming up soon, so I wanted to make sure that you know about it. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn this fun technique for making impressionistic landscape art quilts in a beautiful setting. To sign up for this workshop, go to www.emptyspoolsseminars.com.

Empty Spools Seminars is an outstanding organization providing excellent workshops at a beautiful ocean-side State Park. If you have never had the privilege of participating in one of these events, this would be a great opportunity for you to come and enjoy the amazing location and learn a new technique. You get instruction from 3-6 hours each day depending on the day, plus you can work later if you want. There are teacher presentations at the evening meetings with a participant show/share/tell to inspire everyone. One night each session, we have a walk-around to see what everyone is doing in the classes. It is so exciting and inspiring to see the quality of the work being done. To top it all off, you get 3 excellent, healthy meals a day, and you don’t have to make your bed!

Here is one of my quilts made in this technique called “Retired to the Country.” I hope you will be able to come and join us in this delightful setting.

Natural Dyes – Leaf Prints

Kay and Leaf PileDenise Dyeing Leaves on PaperLast week, my friend, Kay Hille-Hatten, and I spent a day trying to do some natural dyeing of leaves onto paper. I had tried this not too long ago, but with less than satisfactory results. Kay found some directions from her book-making sources, and we followed them to the letter. What a difference clear instructions make!

We used all cotton rag paper (Arches watercolor paper, BFK Rives print paper, and Lennox print paper) and painted them on both sides with alum dissolved in water. We gathered lots of plant material (leaves, bark, flowers, berries) and other things we thought would dye (tea leaves and rust). We laid out the materials on paper and covered some of them with another piece of paper. Others we just left without another piece of paper. We then rolled them up on bamboo chop sticks and tied them tightly. We took out the chop stick and placed our bundles in a large steam pot. We kept the water level below the steam vents to avoid too much water on the paper. I think we probably steamed them for about 5 hours before taking them out.

We got some fun results and learned a lot about what works well and what does not work well. We liked using a top and bottom paper to get mirror images of the leaves. Otherwise, you get a design one two sides of one paper, which creates a dilemma of which side to use. Here’s some samples of our results.

Leaf Prints - view 2

Leaf prints - view 1

Leaf Prints - view 3