Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Come to Modesto to see the 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Studio News

It is always nice to have a clean studio and just the right time for a photograph. The box on the wall  to the left holds my ironing board. The door opens and the board is lowered to ironing height.  The room behind me was my studio when we moved to this house and eventually we added on a bigger room. What a luxury to have two rooms of my own. Fabrics, books, computer, batting, class samples are in this room along with a large design wall currently holding small art quilts. The big room is reserved for making art quilts. The table is high so I can stand to work or sit on my chair. The chair is on rollers so I can move it around to all sides of the 4 x 8 foot table.  Windows are all along the north wall to provide light. 

Friday, December 5, 2008

January 2009 Exhibit

I am showing approximately 20 art quilts and a few of my dolls at the Chartreuse Muse Gallery in Modesto, CA. This is a wonderful space at 917 10th St. in a renovated store in the downtown area. The gallery is near the new Gallo Performing Art Center. My show will open on January 5 with artists reception Saturday January 10 from 5 to 8 PM. Shown on the left are three quilts on the south wall. All the art work is for sale. Come and see great art, jewelry, art glass and MY quilts. Exhibit up until Feb. 27, 2009

Monday, November 10, 2008

Visions Gallery San Diego, CA

Current exhibit at Visions Gallery includes Playing With A Full Deck and small art work by artists who are part of the collection of 52 quilts that make up the Full Deck exhibit. Visit the Visions gallery web site for more information. Shown here is my small quilt titled "Always" featuring mixed media collage with silks, paper, and hand colored photos.

We're going on a Cruise

Deb Roberts is organizing a Cruise around the British Isles
and I will be teaching while we are at sea. Save the dates,
August 25 to Sept. 5, 2009. This cruise benefits the
Quilters Hall of Fame. Please visit the web site
for all the details
and click on Quilt Cruise for a Cause. Be the first
to get your reservation in.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


International Quilt Festival, Bernina Fashion Show Rendezvous. It is a great  show "A Body of Work, Essence of Me"  is the title of my entry.  To see more quilts and visit the show room floor go to and click the link to the Festival. 

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Have you ordered your Zine?

Visit my website, contact page for information to order
a copy of my new zine. Information is also posted on this
blog. Thanks

STITCH Magazine Nov. 11

Visit  to order a copy of
a new specialty magazine. Cali Nicole, is featured
on top of her new quilt in an ad for Mistyfuse.
Cali, age 10 months  is the daughter of our grandson.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

High Fiber Under Five

High Fiber Under Five, November 7, 2008 6 to 11 pm, San Jose Museum of Quilts
and Textiles, 520 So. First St. San Jose, CA For details about this sale and opportunity
to purchase fiber art by 92 artists, go to
Pictured is one of my pieces, 
Bloom Bloom

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fabric painting

I love using bright colors in my art and I also am 
happy to use a softer palette when I paint  my own 
silk and cotton fabrics.  In the late 1990s I authored 
two painting books using different techniques. My 
new mini quilt series is fun, easy to do, with a focus 
on  family stories.  Titles  top to bottom: Paris View, 
Lou and Who, Two + Two.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Peak inside ZINE

Here is one of the page spread inside the zine. Each page has
a different design style including full view of quilts and details.
On the left is page 17, on the right is page 18

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Zine is available

Copies of the new Zine are available by ordering from this blog. Checks or money orders only. Leave a comment on this blog and I will send mailing address for Yvonne Porcella. Cost of one Zine to U.S. residents is $10.00 plus $2.00 ship and handling.
California residents add .75 cents sales tax. Zine is full of color, 26 pages, small format, text and photos of  art quilts. For 2 or more retail copies, add $4.00 ship and handling. For wholesale orders, please leave a comment on this blog. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mixed Media Self Portraits

Mixed Media Self Portraits book published by Quilting Arts 
should be available for purchase this fall. Check the web
for availability. Two small quilts of mine are included.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Studio News

Tomorrow the proof of my zine will be ready for approval. I am so 
excited. Suzanne Staud, the graphic designer already made her 
minor corrections and said the project looks fabulous. Continue to 
check this blog for news on when you can order your personal copy. 

To pass the time, I have been busy in the studio making art quilts 
that are due for fall exhibits. I will post photos and information later 
about where you can see the new work. Since I have learned  how to 
use Mistyfuse in my work, making new art has been such a fun and a 
quick way to satisfy my need to be creative. Our family reunion this 
summer renewed my interest in ancestors, family history and memories. 
I have been revisiting some of the photo transfers I made for my  book 
"Six Color World" published in 1997 to use in the new work. 
I am having so much fun!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

APNQ Quiltfest 2008

I just returned from Seattle after working on the judging panel 
for the 2008 quilt entries. There were 289 quilts from which
to select the top winners in each category. After one day to
enjoy shopping opportunities in downtown Seattle, we had
3 days of teaching. This was the first time Quiltfest added
classes and they were very successful. Check out the website
for APNQ to read about Quiltfest and plans for 2010.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The ZINE is in progress

Suzanne Staud has been working very hard to create a beautiful zine of
my art work. I have seen all the pages on her computer. What a gem.
I can hardly wait to see it in print. It will be available soon and you can
learn more about pricing and availability by checking this blog.

Quilt Festival Long Beach

I just returned from teaching at the first Quilt Festival held in Long Beach. 
Many quilters from all over California visited during the 3 day event. 
The brand new Bernina 830 was the hit of the show. This new machine is
amazing. It will be at your local Bernina dealer in the near future.

Bernina has raised money in the past for breast cancer, this year they plan
to raise money for the American Heart Association by auctioning off artist
"Blinged" Bernina Sewing Machines. Twelve artists were
invited to Bling a Bernina. My Blinged Bernina was on display at the
Long Beach festival. Such fun to do and to make the whole surface

Monday, July 21, 2008

Two Friends

Suzanne Staud of Staudesign is a very talented artist. She is designing my ZINE.
Her web site is full of graphic art, fine art, book art. Her home/studio was featured on HGTV. We love to show each other funky clothes, great shoes, art jewelry and artist web sites.  In the photo, Suzanne and I are at the local ceramic painting studio, decorating vases to use as centerpieces at a luncheon.

Iris Karp owns Mistyfuse and sells her product at quilt shows. 
I have made several great projects using Mistyfuse, it is fun, easy, and leads to unique creative art. 
Iris and our son Don, enjoying dinner in New York.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Coming soon - ZINE

Great news! Later this summer Yvonne will have a new ZINE available for
purchase. Check out this blog for ordering information. 

Link to Don Porcella

Who is in the picture?

July 2008 we had a lovely reunion at the family ranch in California. Relatives and friends came from all over the US and we had the opportunity to take photographs. I selected a great photo seen here of our 4 grown children. Suzanne, Greg, Yvonne, Bob with Kiri, Don, and Steve. 


Visit Don's Blog

Visit our son Don's blog to read about this talented artist. He shows his work in galleries in
New York and in August will have work in San Francisco, CA. His blog is wonderful, so colorful
full of great photos of his work.