Archives for January 2017

A Trio of Memories

Those that touch our lives
stay in our hearts forever

My Aunt Eleanor was blessed to live a long and amazing life. Her three children are all special cousins to me. After her passing at the age of 100, my cousin Kate was kind enough to share with me some vintage French lace doilies that her Mom had tucked away. The doilies had never been used and were still held together by a single stitch and a tag of origin.  I decided to create a trio of small wrapping cloths for my cousins from them.

For a contrasting fabric to the white lace doilies, I used a fat quarter of an aboriginal design cloth that I had run across while I was visiting the La Conner Quilt Museum last fall. Using some spun silk broadcloth as a base, I created three unique cloths for my three cousins and saved them for holiday giving. The wrapping cloths have now been distributed so I thought I would share some photos on this blog. I am particularly pleased with how they turned out.

I was able to draw upon many of the stitches and techniques from my studies with Karen Ruane in creating these pieces.

In the detail photo below, you catch a glimpse of some gimp anchored with bullion knots and stab stitches. Karen is using gimp in her own compositions in the most amazing ways. I chose here to simply create a line echoing the triangular prairie points and highlighting three pieces of the lace. You can really appreciate the beauty of the lace in this close up.

In the composition detailed below, I used some covered cording to create a design line and then added some appliqué circles outlined with chain stitches and yo-yos as a background to the lace doilies.

My third piece used the largest doily in the group. I used French knots, gimp, and chain stitching as well as some small appliqué circles to offset the larger lace piece.

All three pieces were backed with white cotton fabric and given a finishing touch of an edging of small running stitches.

I had many fond moments remembering time with my Aunt as I was stitching these mementos for her children. My hope is that the pieces I created will bring back many similar memories for each of my cousins when they happen upon them in their own homes.

New Facebook Page

With the start of the new year, I have begun an artist page on Facebook. I am slowly developing a gallery there which eventually will highlight my hand stitchery as well as my art quilts. I will also use the page to share posts as I create new works. I intend to still blog here several times a month but if you would like to also follow my new page, here is the link.

 

Joy about JOY

Joy in looking and comprehending
is nature’s most beautiful gift.
Albert Einstein

JOY

“JOY” is a work that I entered in the Sacred Threads 2015 show. It was accepted both for the main show in Herndon, VA and for the following traveling exhibit. For the past 18 months, it has been traveling to different venues across the US. About a week ago, I received word that the traveling exhibit would be featured at the Texas Quilt Museum this winter and that “JOY” had been selected as one of the quilts on display. Last night I learned that “JOY” was featured in the Texas Quilt Museum newsletter announcing their exhibits opening in January.

I am delighted that so many people are getting to enjoy my art quilt. The photo behind the quilt was taken on a ski trip to Aspen Colorado where my granddaughter had one of her first experiences of snow. Her enthusiasm is absolutely infectious and I could not resist sharing her true expression of joy through an art quilt.

I am truly honored to have my art quilt as part of the Sacred Threads exhibit. The bi-annual exhibit is a forum for fiber artists to share their works and stories on themes of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood. The exhibit is accompanied by audio recordings of the artists explaining their motivations behind their works. The combination of visual and audio create a powerful experience for the observer.

You can learn more about Sacred Threads at this link. The next main exhibit, Sacred Threads 2017, will be in July in Herndon, VA.