Getting back to greens

All fabric for this quilt was made in a class with Linda Colsh several years ago.  It wasn’t until I started using metal paints on fabric that I knew what to make.

This one uses the energy in the green arches and the figure to evoke Vesuvius.  The figure is transposed from a photo of the statue of Pan in Pompeii, painted with brass and iron paints, and patinating solution.

The floating ash came from the way we layered the scrolls of fabric in Linda’s class.  The paints moved through the fabrics, creating unexpected effects, like floating ash…

‘Pompeii,’ uses the same printed black fabric from Linda’s class.  The leaves are metal paints printed with a stencil, both negative and positive versions.

The wine bottles were drawn after a photo of wine bottles in the ruins, then machine quilted without any other enhancement on the hand-painted fabric.

Finding a body of work


I work in textiles, wood, and clay, so sometimes it takes me a while to see a body of work  in my efforts.  This week I gathered up all of the canteen projects I had left over.    The earliest ones were the ceramic donut shapes, followed by wooden donuts (torus is the technical term), the Roman canteens that Dennis teaches, and then two beer bottle openers disguised as canteens.

The ones with medallions are a great opportunity to use different kinds of textures, pyrography, color, metallic patinas, and even pewter.  I have a feeling that there are a lot of options that I have left to explore.


Great day with kids at St Peter’s Holiday Boutique

Children of all ages enjoyed my space suit salt shakers, as well as samples of NASA’s slime recipe.

St. Peter’s is a merciful one-day craft show with faithful attendance, and many vendors selling knitting, crochet, felt, quilts, and homemade jams.

A great part of a home-town craft fair is the opportunity to meet all the crazy needlewomen in our midst.   They don’t buy my stuff, but they really like to see it, and ask about the techniques.  After all, art is just something that we make.




I enjoyed showing  my ‘interstellar’ series of quilts, which I developed while my granddaughter, Helen, took an astronomy class.  The Hubble telescope photos were a great inspiration for work in silk!

This small quilt (11.5″ square) tries to capture some of the wonder of our colorful universe.





Great Studio Tour!

Thanks to our wonderfully thoughtful customers, all of the other artists, and our Tour organizer, Nancy Bonig.  In addition to placing many creations into good homes, we got great marketing suggestions, product ideas, and encouragement from the community of Makers in the Pikes Peak Region.   It is amazingly easy to give a satisfaction guarantee to people who are really excited about their purchases.  That is the best thing about selling directly to the customers who are our friends and neighbors.

For our next public event, I will have a Liggy’s Notions booth at the St. Peter Catholic School Holiday Boutique on November 11th.  I’m working on a some new items for that Boutique, including a collaboration with my potter buddy, Jennifer Hanson from Spinning Star Studio, who will be at St. Peter’s for the first time.

Viking Sunset tap handle

Our friend and teacher, Nick Agar (, is now selling a kit of supplies to make his signature style of Viking sunset bowls.

I have used the colors and metallic finish on this tap handle for that bartender who likes a full-bodied beer in the swashbuckling Viking style.  Yes, I know, they drank mead, but I think it must be a somewhat heavy version of a honey wheat lager….

A Quilter’s method of sketching

I use these small quilts as a kind of sketching, before I consider using a technique or pattern on a bigger piece.  Sometimes these little quilts are perfect for customers who have small spaces, or no experience of quilts as art.

This one is a texture study using a fabric-printing block for the tulips, stencils with a gold dye crayon, the ‘7 beauties’ quilt pattern of interlocking circles (for the frame), and a plaid binding.  Quite a lot, really, for a 13″ square.

I also fit the small quilts with corners on the back to hold a piece of illustration board for hanging.  They require just one picture hook, screw, or nail, so there is no wrassling with a gallery-type sleeve, monofilament, or special hanging rod.

When a box is not a cube

When a woodturner speaks of a box, she means a small cylindrical lidded form with a tight-fitting lid.  For this series, I use buttons as knobs.

The box on the left is in the style of Warren MacKenzie’s boxes, with two (clay) buttons to line up the lid with the base.  His, however, are thwacked into five-sided boxes.  I could do something similar with the sander, just not this time.

All of the button boxes will include an assortment of buttons when I get ready to sell them.


Best when handmade

Lace bobbins work best when each one is distinctive, so that the lacemaker can identify the order of placement of the threads.  This suits me very well, because I have lots of different woods, beads, and styles of turning to use!

Sadly, bobbin lace is a skill endangered by our short attention spans.  It requires ‘prickings’ to guide the process, a pillow to work upon, and beautiful lacemaking threads.  Perhaps it will experience a revival for jewelry or wire art, as macrame has in recent years.

A Twist for my Tower Blocks

Continuing my interest in making towers with cupolas, I set up a Pinterest board (Cupolas, turnips, onions-Kay Liggett) to collect inspirational images.  This one is all turned wood, with various finish options, free-hand pyrography, and gilders paste.  The block of green twistwork is a simple 3-start twist.  11.5″ tall

A special thanks to Austrian artist Hundertwasser, for inspiring some brighter colors, and to global wood artist Nick Agar for teaching me how to apply different colors to wood.

Remember Earth

In honor of February’s ‘Snow Moon,’ I made this quilt with hand-painted silks and a commercial batik fabric.  It is meant to create nostalgia in space travellers for what they left behind.  Of course, they see the heavens with the colors of their own experiences, which is not exactly the more black-and-white way that we think of the Milky Way from high in the mountains of Colorado.  Thanks to the Hubble telescope, we know that those colors are out there…