Garden Party Success!

What a day!  Hot with occasional strong gusts of wind, and still over 200 people showed up to tour the historic homes and gardens of New Windsor.  No one even seemed to mind the heat.  There were artisans from all around the area, beautiful gardens and homes, and even a plant exchange.  My children helped me to set up shop, and stayed the whole day greeting visitors and selling lemonade. 

My wonderful neighbor placed my shop at the entrance to her circular-driveway garden.  I brought samples of my quilted homes, plus some scrap quilts and canvas bags I made for the occasion.   I even added a few more doors to my “Doors of New Windsor” series.  Needless to say, I was a bit tired even before the tour began. 

I met some wonderful people who showed interest in my work, especially in the new techniques available to quilters.  I even met the kind woman for whom I sewed the condominium (see ‘My Moby Dick’ blog entry).  She laughed when she told me she was tentative to introduce herself as she understood what I difficult time I had with her piece.  I told her that the challenge was well worth it!  It was such a pleasure to ‘put a face to the project’, and to know how much the quilted home meant to her.

All in all it was a truly fun day.  The kids made good money with their lemonade stand and Nana’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies.  And now I look forward to a much-needed break!

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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2 comments on “Garden Party Success!
  1. MaidenAuntie BOUDICCA says:

    WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL!! I’m glad it was a good day for you guys!!!! xoxoxo

  2. onionmahoney says:

    Great day. You have beautiful stuff, hon

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