Patricia A. Powers, MD

Art Quilts & Fiber Arts

Come by the studio for a tour and a walk in the garden!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Garden Day is comingI

It's finally spring!  I've been working on collaging some small pieces to adorn the tops of boxed lunches that will be sold on Garden Day in Lynchburg.  A bit faster than stitching them, although a few did get some stitching anyways.  Virginia celebrates Garden Week Apr 26-May 3, 2014, and Lynchburg's day is always on a Tuesday, this year April 29.  Some beautiful homes and gardens and historic sites will be open for touring that day. 

This year, as last, the Lynchburg Art Club is painting lunchboxes.  The boxed lunches ( and the boxes themselves) are available by reservation in advance for $17.50 each, 434-528-9434 to reserve.  I have been sneaking peeks at some of the finished beauties, and they are lovely. 

A link to Garden Week in Virginia:

I'm finding mixed media a wonderful break from the stitching.  I recently took an encaustics class, and have scheduled a vitreous enamelling class later this month.  I like talking to artists in different media, looking at art in a different way. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Francis' Canticle

I was reading old messages and saw that I had never responded to a request to upload a picture of one of last year's quilts, based on St Francis.  Here it is!  It includes text from one of the songs that Francis of Assisi wrote, the Canticle of the Creatures. 

A venture into mixed media

I find regular posting a challenge!  That being said, my friend Robert Copelan was talking today at the Lynchburg Art Club and I was reminded that it had been a long time since I visited my own blog. 

Last month I tried Plaster of Paris on a cradled panel, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  I found a picture of a Byzantine cross with figures carved onto it. I adapted one of the figures and carved it into the plaster (not the easiest process, I admit!), and then painted and rubbed the darker paint into the carved lines.  It also picked up the irregularities in the plaster surface, which I liked.

I laid a strip of lace into the wet plaster and then pulled it up, left a nice imprint!

Here's a pic of the final piece.

Friday, August 23, 2013


Locomotion!  I made this quilt for a friend who recently retired.  I found several images of engines: two were old photos, one a graphic image, and I combined the features I liked best into my own drawing.  I fused the white, then used silver metallic thread to highlight the wheels, front and rails.  I like the way it turned out, and it pushed me to do something out of the ordinary for me.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wow! It's been a year since my last post!

I can't believe it!  I keep telling myself I need to post more, and in the blink of an eye, a whole year has passed. 

This is a  detail picture of a recent piece called "Submerged".  I pieced the background, then cut stencils out of freezer paper and used Shiva PaintStiks to paint the image.  Then, quilted the piece. 

It is currently hanging at the Riverviews Artist Co-op Gallery in Lynchburg until the end of August.

Monday, July 9, 2012

More in the Wing Fragment series

I am just finishing four pieces in my Wing Fragment series.  They will be on display at Goose Creek Studio in Bedford, VA.  Opening reception is Friday, July 13, 2012, 5-8 PM, and they will remain up until September 1.  Last week's storm and power outage caused a bit of a delay, so will be delivering the last of these tomorrow for Mitchell and Patrick to hang.  I am so grateful for electricity and AC!

They are all 10 x 10", mounted on deep cradled panels.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Swallowtail" art quilt

I'm on a roll! Adding one more photo of one of my butterfly wing series, this one of a swallowtail. All are 10" x 10". This one is now in a private collection.