Pfaff Passport

machine applique

When my daughter moved into her own apartment several months ago, I was given my notice.  Mom, I want my sewing machine, not right now, because I know you use it, and right now I don’t have time, but eventually, I want it back.  Then one day I asked her where she got her jeans, and she told me they were the hand-me-downs my co-worker gave her, but she had hand altered them to be skinny jeans.  This was about two months ago, I knew my time was up.

I shopped around at a couple different stores, but her’s was a Pfaff Hobby, and I loved it.  It sewed thru anything, and the maintenance was low, and it was easy to use.  I was comfortable with it.

I went into the Pfaff store and they tried to sell me an old embroidery machine, the next day I went back and talked to the owner, she sold me the new Pfaff Passport, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

It has a little bit of everything.  It has their well known IDT walking foot, for even feed of the fabric, it has a free motion foot, a must have for me that was not on the Hobby, it has a number of decorative stitches, a high presser foot height (important to me because of various stuffed animals, namely bigfoot, who is made of fake fur).

In February my Mom bought fabric for a challenge quilt, one where two or more people get the same fabric and then make something with it.  I worked on mine all morning.  The very very best part of today’s art quilt making involved my adoration of the machine applique stitch.

And a few kisses to my Pfaff Passport.  Because I LOVE IT!!


Angel and Spirit

Today’s page.  A female figure is lying on the snow, eye’s closed she has made a snow angel.  All around her are trees from a bird’s eye view, they are smaller than her, so most important is the figure, the trees cast blue shadows on the snow.  Far above her, is a bird designed to resemble the Holy Spirit, because it is to represent her spirit, flying over head view all that is below, including the embodiment of the spirit, the figure.  So that is the description.  I am not exactly sure what it means.  Just that in the woods, she is at peaceful and full of spirit.


Creating Art for South Sudan

My friend and co worker is married to Gabriel Bol Deng, who is a grown Lost Boy from South Sudan.  He has a non-profit organization called Hope for Ariang, his home village in that country.  He has been raising money for and building a school, digging wells, and helping to educate and provide economic stability for the women of his home village with the funds he has raised.  A second organization called the Canvas Peace Project collects artwork based on the theme of raising up the economic and educational status of women in that region, and then donates the profits to Hope for Ariang.  My friend told me about the Canvas Peace Project and asked me to create a work of art for it.



The image is of a sunrise or sunset, which represents the transition from traditional role to a new paradigm.  The female figure is also off balance, a side effect of change is that it off sets the balance of things, but in this case she is spinning in circles filled with joy at the transition and its impact on her and her child.  She is pregnant, her fertility is not only not effected by her education but she is full of fertility.  She wears a belt which has the word Transforming in it.  I chose a yellow collage paper because of one of Gabriel’s friends, Valentino Deng, in his collaborative book What is the What, spoke of the yellow dress his mother wore, and I put this in as a nod to his efforts to raise money for a secondary school in his home village.  The baby has wings and the wings are made up of text from a book called The Education of a Woman, it is her education which gives the child wings.  The dress of the woman is made up of images from an article about  the Lost Boys in a June 1992 issue of Life Magazine.  The baby is also made up of images of the dirt floor school room in the article, and behind the child’s head is the sunlight streaming through the window of that school, a symbol of the light of grace that comes from an educated child.  She wears black and white beads, a tradition in South Sudan that shows the wealth of the female by the number of cows she has, but is a symbol here of the economic stability that also comes from her education.

I included for her head an image of a child from one of the refugee camps whose head was wrapped in a blanket and he was peering out from it, I felt that this was the basis of her education through the Hope for Ariang Foundation.  The suffering of those children and the people of South Sudan is the soul and the secret spirit of what has created this new hope.

Canvas Peace Project

Hope for Ariang