Piece of Pie

piece-of-pie-front-1-500 Piece of Pie is a quilt completed in 2016 for an expert pie-baker (and her new baby).


I love improvisational curves! There's so much room to make mistakes.




Banana-shaped free-motion quilting to go with the upcycled sock monkey bedsheets.


Quilting lines, seen from the back.


The seal of approval.


Avocado and Shades of Firefly

Avocado: Shades of Firefly, acrylic on canvas, 24x24 inches, 201Avocado: Shades of Firefly. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches by Sarah Atlee.

You already know about my love for Persea americana. Here is another tribute to this fascinating fruit.

Shades of what now?

When I say "Firefly," I'm not talking about this.

Not now, Mal. I'm working. Not now, Mal. I'm working.

Nor am I referring to one of these lovelies:

Photo by Terry Priest. Click image to view source.

I mean this Firefly.

Firefly, from the first generation of My Little Pony. Source unknown. Firefly, from the first generation of My Little Pony toys. Source unknown.

Sometimes, when I put the right pink and the right blue next to eachother, I get a nostalgic flashback to the mid-eighties. I didn't collect all the My Little Pony dolls, and lord knows what happened to them. But I do remember this one. I think so, anyway - I feel like the one I had was a lighter shade of pink with a darker shade of blue...

Color can be funny that way.

See Avocado: Shades of Firefly in Person

Avocado: Shades of Firefly will be available for purchase in February 2015 at Ro2 Art in Dallas. Join us at For Real featuring Sarah Atlee and James Zamora. Contact Ro2 Art for more details.

UPDATE: For Real has been reviewed by Jenny Block for The Huffington Post! Read the full review here: "A Hyperrealism That Questions Reality With James Zamora and Sarah Atlee at RO2 Art"

Pink is Choices

Sketchbook 2013: Pink is Choices, ink on paper, 2013 by Sarah At Pink is Choices, ink on paper, 2013 by Sarah Atlee


Pink is choices. Pink is me allowing me to be me on my own terms. Pink is choosing to use pink because I want to, not because the Barbie aisle at Toys 'R' Us tells me that I should.

I wasn't always a colorist. In college my work was monochromatic, or very nearly, because I didn't feel that I was educated or practiced enough to use color.

At first it was yellows, reds, blues. Now the pinks are my favorite paints and pens. Bright, soft, luminous, loaded, cliched, camp, kitsch, new & radical in every sense, all over again.

Pink is choosing to accept things that I rejected as a child. I did not accept commercial interests telling me who I should be, and pink was an inextricable element of that. Now, choosing pink is my way of declaring that I am whoever I want to be, without fear of rejection.


Dedicated to my Mom, who taught me that it's okay to be my own person.

Books I Consumed, Which In Turn Consumed Me

Day 106 - I am a librarian by Flickr user cindiann. Click image to view on Flickr.
Day 106 - I am a librarian by Flickr user cindiann. Click image to view on Flickr.

A chronological list.

1987 | Under Plum Lake by Lionel Davidson

1987 | The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer

1988 | Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

1988 | The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

1989 | From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

1989 | The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) by Ellen Raskin (I loved those typographic illustrations.)

1989 | The BFG by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

1992 | Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

1993 | The Alanna Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Genetics Exhibit, San Jose Tech by Flickr user Thomas Hawk. Click image to view on Flickr.
Genetics Exhibit, San Jose Tech by Flickr user Thomas Hawk. Click image to view on Flickr.

1994 | Xanadu volumes I and III edited by Jane Yolen (Why are these book impossible to find? Volume II has apparently never even been published. It's the best short fantasy I have ever read. Somebody help.)

1995 | Nebula and Hugo Awards winners

1996 | Girl With Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace

1997 | Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (This is the best cover design I've seen for this book.)

1998 | Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson

1998 | Everything I could find by Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. Thank you, Zimmerman Library.

2000 | Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

2001 | Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, and The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson 2004-06 | The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion and The System of The World) by Neal Stephenson

Right Now: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale

What books consume you?

This post is part of NaBloPoMo for July 2009.