Light for Yvonne

In late January, SAQA sent out a request for 4″ x 6″ postcard quilts depicting candles for light in support of and encouragement for Yvonne Porcella. She is the founder of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates).  She is also family.

I made this one on a Friday night and shipped it off for inclusion in the collection to be forwarded on to her. This wasn’t on my list of “planned” art. I’m such a planner type person that means something. However, the request — a physical prayer for Yvonne’s health — provided appropriate inspiration. The experience of designing on the fly in my head one afternoon, then making a quick stop at the fabric store for the black and white check (her signature fabric), then getting home and spending the next three hours putting this together was exhilarating. I didn’t know I had it in me to make art that way.

I have always considered Yvonne and her sister, Marilou, to be “aunts” more than the cousins they are.  I believe this is because they are “double cousins” to my mother — their fathers were brothers and their mothers were sisters.  My mom is an only child, so if I was going to have aunts on her side, those two seemed the most logical choice.  A child’s brain often creates connections that click and never break, regardless of the vast number of years that pass.

My mom taught me to sew and to embrace color, to revel in color.  I owe her for my interest in quilting and I am grateful for that.

From Yvonne, I learned that quilts could be art, that they didn’t need to be traditional, that rules are made to be broken, that the only rules necessary are those that allow the imagination to soar free.  I am grateful for that as well.


On Friday, February 12, 2016, Yvonne passed away after a 6-year battle with cancer. Her fight was valiant and seemingly fearless.  Her zest and her spirit were never diminished.  She was, and is, loved.  As long as her family, her friends, remember her, as long as the art quilt survives, her light will not go out.

Light for Yvonne
Light for Yvonne

She was laid to rest today, Friday, February 19, 2016.  As her youngest son, Don, an artist in his own right, so beautifully stated, she has gone to her “studio in the sky”.

Rest in peace, Yvonne.  ❤

Crossroads (Hot Cross One)

Each year, I set goals for myself related to my art.  I don’t do resolutions.  I do goals, with defined steps leading to achievement.  This works best for me — I tend to reach the end to which I strive.  In keeping with my updated goals for 2016, my focus for the year is to make twelve (12) art quilts.  This will help to develop my work ethic, a body of work, and to find my voice.  My art “voice” is sort of all over the place; the best way to find it is to keep making art.

For the first part of this year, I decided to work along a theme to see if that helps to clarify my voice.  To that end, I’m making a series of crosses — one is done (see below), the second is in progress, and a third is in the sketchbook.  I’d like to make six in the series.

Please help…What do you think or see or feel when you look at the photo of the art quilt above?  Does this visually resonate?  Is the piece soothing and satisfying or jarring, incomplete, unsettling?  Your input will go a long way towards helping me understand

Crossroads (link to poem)


Crossroads (Hot Cross One)
What do appeals to you about this piece? What don’t you like?
Crossroads (Hot Cross One)
Closeup #1
Crossroads (Hot Cross One)
Closeup #2
Crossroads (Hot Cross One)
Poetry Label

Next up: A Study in Blue (Hot Cross Two)