Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Hiking Sugarloaf


MaryLee, Dawn and Jamie up on Sugarloaf

Having a bit of fun on a very windy day!

Jamie's curls look electric!  Fresh air, friendship and fun in Winona, Minnesota.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Spring Bird in the Summertime













This artwork was created by an unknown artist from Sri Lanka--batik, wax applied to fabric and dyes applied.  The wax holds the dyes in sections.  This art was acquired by my friend, Kim Hammer on her travels to Southeast Asia.  My part of the art is to create an art quilt by adding batting and backing and texture through quilting.  I also added some of my own poetry to this piece as well.













In this photo, the top of the art--leaves, the batting--the cream color layer and the back--turquoise and gold fabric that I'm cutting.  All three layers are pinned together and then stitched by free motion machine together. Free motion means that the stitches are guided by the stitcher--sometimes I call in stitch drawing.













"The bird sits at the edge of her nest,

She takes a moment to look at the five perfect eggs about to hack

She breathes in the spring air and settles down to sit, to warm the eggs

Her gaze becomes soft,

Her thoughts stay with the present moment

There is no where that she needs to go

She stays in this moment of stillness

Calm, relaxed, ready"

MaryLee Eischen 5/2022 


If you look closely, you'll see the stitching around the bird's feet and around the eggs.  In the nest of many lines of stitching to add lots of texture.  There was so much stitching on the lower portion of the art quilt that the dimensions were altered.  The lower portion was smaller than the upper one third of the quilt.  I was not sure how to fix this problem with the quilt.  It hung the quilt on my design wall for about two weeks as I worked on other art until an idea came to me.

I decided that I could stitch on the background in the upper portion and create the breeze blowing and add swirls around the words and the leaves and stems on the upper part of the quilt.  The color of the thread would be close to the background.

Here's an images of the stitching around the words, "in her eggs."  That heavy stitching made all the difference.  And the top and bottom of the quilt came into alignment.



 This is the hanging device that makes is easy to hang on the wall.



The completed Spring Bird Art Quilt measures 21" x 33".

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Jenny Lind Bakery




Our friend, Ruth Raich runs Jenny Lind Bakery that you can find in cafes and locals around Redwing, Minnesota.  She also sells bakery on the first and third Saturday, 10am - 1pm at her peaceful farm.



Here's the amazing baker, Ruth Raich in her bakery.

Earlier in July, my friend, June and I made a trip to get some deliciousness before going to the Stockholm Art Fair.



MaryLee and June are laughing at a fun joke in the bakery of delights!



After the fun in the bakery, June got a photo of Ruth and Mary Lee near the silo.



The chickens know where the treats are located and came running up for a bit for themselves!

Come get the bread, scones, cardamon rolls, and more!  Don't let the chickens beat you to it.





Jenny Lind Bakery

W12304 Rundquist Lane

Stockholm, WI 54769

(651) 301-1095


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Music Around the River


Prairie Island Campground has live music on weekends, 6-9pm, Yoga on Sunday mornings 8:30am -9:30am and lots of camping options from tenting to RV to stay in a cabin.

There are often food trucks and many options for refreshment.

Bring a chair and hang out with friends: Jamie, Dawn and MaryLee

Community Gardens beside and behind the stage


Victor, being good

Prairie Island Campground, 1120 Prairie Island Rd, Winona, MN 55987

Find out all the information for your next get away!  






Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Juneteenth in Winona






















LaShara Morgan, a.k.a Ms Kiesha founder of Our Voices leads students in the Black National Anthem.

Students danced.

Delicious food was shared in reds: watermelon, strawberries along with grilled chicken and brats, chips, macaroni and cheese.

MaryLee and Sarah Johnson, Winona Creative Laurette

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Sugarloaf Hike













It's green and lush in SE Minnesota these days.  We've had lots of rain and all the growing plants are drinking it in and loving all that delicious moisture.


Lust green ferns cover the under story.


Sunday, June 12 was mostly overcast.  

There is a bluish tint to all of our bluff lands created by the varieties of trees including the birches as seen in the foreground of this picture.

Seeing a bit of Winona, Minnesota and the bluffs.

Here's a picture looking down river with Winona on the left. The road in view is Highway 61 heading south toward La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Sky, bluffs and the Mississippi River in the distance.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Bringing the 100 Day Project to a Close

 The 100 Day Project has been in full swing since the end of February 2022.  Here are the posts from day #61 - day #100.

#61/100 "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when dawn is still dark." Tagore

#62/100 "The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough." Tagore














the ocean can calm itself, 

so can you, 

we are both salt water mixed with air." Nayyirah Waheed










#64/100 "You just have to settle for nothing less than 

being fully alive--to show up, be who you are, and share your gifts." 

                                                                 Gabriella Roth 


#65/100 cutting the backing fabric for a new art quilt called Spring


#66/100 Some tail feathers getting lots of detail with machine quilting

#67/100 Watercolor and words to inspire

"A walk in the woods is good for the soul." Heather Stibbufsen

#68/100 After a long hike on this day, Thich Nhat Hanh has the most beautiful words.

"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."

#69/100 Some loops on the bird body getting some stitching

#70/100 "Happiness is contagious." Marie Forleo  And getting outside brings on the happiness.

#71/100 Tara, my artist cat is waiting for me to get back to stitching.  My friend, Kim said "Tara's waiting for the bird."





#72/100 detail of the leaf stitching

#73/100 "my mother was my first country; the first place i ever lived."  Nayyirah Waheed

I've been thinking about my Mom often in this May spring time.  It was her favorite season, her birthday, May 6 and Mother's Day all wrapped in a beautiful bundle for her.

#74/100 A bit of mindfulness reminder from Tich Nhat Hanh, 

"The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment."

#75/100 Oh the flowers are blooming on the quilt; just like what is happening with spring in Minnesota.









#76/100 Feet, eggs and nest stitching happening


#77/100 "No matter what people tell you, WORDS and IDEAS can change the world." Robin Williams





















#96/100 Two Friends


"Behold Wonder."  Richard Bach


"Make each day your masterpiece."  John Wooden


"Joy is your birthright." Leslie Santos



"Hold out your hands to feel the luxury of sunbeams."  Helen Keller

During the 100 day project I stitched, painted, found poems that I loved, wrote poetry that I put on my own fiber art, used #hashtags more then I ever have and played in new ways with color and words.  It was a fun challenge.  I found some other artists who were also doing this challenge and that was fun too. The project concluded on June 16, 2022.  I posted almost every day consecutively--sometimes I'd miss a day, sometimes I'd post twice in a day.  I was quite excited to do this challenge.

If you're curious about the other art works that I posted earlier check them out here:

The Beginning of the 100 Day Project

Midway of the 100 Day Project


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