Patricia A. Powers, MD

Art Quilts & Fiber Arts

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wing Fragments Series

So far, I've completed 5 of my wing fragment series. All are 10" x 10", fused applique, and mounted on cradled board with sticky velcro. This method of mounting is working well for me so far, and would allow removal if someone wanted to frame a piece instead (or if I want to recycle the cradled board for another purpose!).

I find the graphic patterns in the butterfly wings to be exquisite and artful and wanted to focus on these qualities in my works. They are currently on display at the Lodge of the Fisherman in Lynchburg, Va.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ten Squared Exhibit

I've been busy! I have an exhibit opening Friday at the Lodge of Fisherman, 4415 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg, VA, 5-8 PM. I have 11 new pieces, all 10" x 10". Some are extreme close-ups of butterfly wings, and others are gelatin monoprints, the Moonflower series.

The Lodge has wonderful old brick walls and the pieces show up wonderfully on them. A great opportunity!

Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12-5 PM, through Friday, Sept 16. Then on Saturday, Sept 17, I'll be at the Lynchburg Art Festival on the grounds of EC Glass High School, fence #96.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Idle Hands Exhibit at Goose Creek Studio

I'm so thrilled to be showing my art quilts at Goose Creek Studio in Bedford, VA this month. The opening reception is Friday, July 8, 5-8 PM, and thru July 30, Tuesday - Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-2. The other artist also exhibiting is John Cowlbeck, a sculptor who uses branches, roots, stone, and metal to create lovely, organic pieces. These photos are just a hint of the lovely things on display.

Monday, June 20, 2011


I've been working on some colorful new pieces based on doodles. Some of my friends have been doing Zentangles doodles. I thought that some of those doodles might be good starting points for some quilts. Then I saw an article in Quilting Arts Magazine by Laura Wasilowski on her Zentangle quilts and I had to make some! This is called "Exuberant" ( can you tell it's because of the colors?!).

This piece is currently on display at Quilted Expressions in Lynchburg, VA, as an example for a class I am offering in August 2011. I think it will be great fun, and everyone will wind up with something of their very own creation.

I am finishing up some others on the same theme, and they will debut at the Goose Creek Gallery in their new location at 302 Court Street in Bedford, VA, next month. Opening reception on July 8th, 5-8 PM, and I'll be there also on Monday, July 11, 10 AM - 12 PM.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fabric Dyeing Workshop with Mary Buchanan

I had the best time last weekend at a surface design/dyeing workshop with Mary Buchanan, held in the lovely little town of The Plains, VA. We spent a couple of days in the old railway depot at Fleming Jeffries' studio at Railroad Arts.

I came away with a few lovely pieces of dyed/painted/discharged fabric, and the desire to do more. It was a pretty sight, seeing the pieces drying from the bushes in the sunlight.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011: Mi Corazon, su Corazon

This is my latest quilt, Mi Corazon, su Corazon. I made it for a challenge to interpret one of a set of poems for the Jefferson Choral Society's concert and show, "Poetry in Music" last month. It was selected as one of the finalists, and it was the only piece of fiber art there. I was privileged to attend the concert and it was lovely.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26, 2011

I had the opportunity to go to the MidAtlantic Quilt Festival this week, and I am standing next to my quilt, The Oath. It was a wonderful show. I took my Mom; we celebrated her birthday while there and I wore her out with all the walking around the exhibit hall. It was her first time at one of the big quilt shows, and it is rather overwhelming! I was tired, too, but came home with some lovely goodies to play with in the next few weeks, and a lot of ideas and inspiration. Next year, I will stay a bit longer and take a class or two.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

February 12, 2011

I can sense spring in the air, but it's cold and windy today. Starting to see the crocuses push their way thru the mulch, and a few more snowdrops are blooming.

This quilt is called "Chromospheres". I was playing around with improvisationally pieced circles in high contrast complementary colors. I really like the asymmetric setting, looks rather primitive to me.

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 2011

Light snow is falling this morning, but there are patches of blue sky peeking thru the clouds. My kitties prefer indoors today.

I had the opportunity to meet Neva Hart a couple of weeks ago. She is an AQS certified quilt appraiser from Hardy, VA, and I asked her to formally appraise a couple of my quilts. I am very impressed by her professionalism and would recommend her highly to anyone looking for an appraiser. email or

I am doing some more mixed media these days, and I tried out some Paperclay recently to make these little bird ornaments. Paperclay was very easy to work with, air-dries, takes paint beautifully. The little stockings are made with "cloth paper": bits of torn papers glued to a muslin base. Some use diluted Elmer's glue, I used diluted Aileen's Tacky Glue.

Freezer paper serves well as a base to construct this as it peels off nicely after it's dry. I laid down the muslin, painted over the whole surface with a layer of the diluted glue and a foam brush. Then I randomly laid down torn bits of tissue, junk mail, book pages and painted another layer of glue over everything, and let it dry. For my stockings, I just covered with a sheer layer of white gesso so you could still see thru it, and added some glitter glue dots after I had cut and sewn them together.

Monday, January 17, 2011

January 17, 2011

I got sidetracked last fall making some quilts for some soldiers in Afghanistan, and then some Christmas projects: sketchbooks, ornaments, small pieces. I'll upload photos over the next few days.

I finished this little piece on the left a few weeks ago, "Askew". It's about 7"W x 17"H, and I stitched it to a piece of fabric that I then stapled to the back of a stretched floating canvas. The canvas has angled sides so the piece seems to "float" away from the wall, and I like it. Have been playing with some improvisational piecing lately, instead of my usual applique.

However, I just finished this other piece on the right today, "Captured Hearts", which I will send off tomorrow for the Studio Art Quilt Associaton's traveling trunk show. This one is 10" x 10". I am working on a piece with hearts inspired by e e cummings' poem for a show here next month, so hearts are on my brain, and I made some extra Tyvek hearts for various other projects.

I painted the Tyvek with Lumiere paints, then cut out the hearts freehand, then took my trusty iron, sandwiched the heart between 2 sheets of release paper, and carefully heated away. The paint side was away from the surface of the iron in this case, as the Tyvek forms convex bubbles on the side away from the iron. I used some of my paint cloth (this is the cloth I use to clean my brushes and wipe up spills) and then stitched the hearts on with metallic thread.