Has it really been that long?

I can’t believe I have not posted since school let back in this fall!  Well, the show in September went very well – the ladies were so welcoming and interested in my work that I was completely at ease. Terry said listening to me talk was like eavesdropping on a conversation I was having with some long, lost friends.  It was such a positive experience that I  vowed to seek out other groups to share my talk with — then the sales started at work, and now it is all of a sudden the end of November!

I have been busy sewing — I quilted a home for a client’s Christmas gift for his wife (which I won’t post yet) and several doorways, too.  I made one for a door prize for the ladies at the Catonsville Quilter’s Guild (it is of the doorway, shown above, to the church where they held their first meetings).  Then I added to my series of the doorways of New Windsor to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the New Windsor Heritage Committee.

          

 I even sold oneof them at the 25th anniversary party held in the beginning of this month.

The latest quilting project I have undertaken is for the Carroll Arts Council’s Festival of the Wreaths.  I read an article online about a man who has opened something like a thousand more libraries than Andrew Carnegie (who, in my opinion, was desperately trying to buy his way into Heaven).  Granted, the libraries founded by John Wood are much smaller than Mr. Carnegie’s, but this is a group truly dedicated to literacy for girls in under-developed countries.  His charity, Room to Read, believes that educating girls educates the next generation; and that world change begins with education. 

I was so inspired by this man’s mission that I created the above quilt for the Festival of Wreaths.  This time I didn’t have a photo to work from, so I had to create my own design.  I could easily picture what I wanted to convey – a little girl, curled up by a fire with a book in her hands.  I think the fireplace in my own kitchen was the inspiration for the background.  And we are fortunate enough that our home is full of books and the bookshelf was easy to add.   

I added a “holly wreath” around the border of the piece with various shades of green fabric and threads.  The night sky background I chose just felt right for the piece.  The Festival of Wreaths runs from November 30th to December 3rd.  The Arts Council has a special section for charity wreaths and if my piece wins fan favorite, I’ll be able to make a $200 donation to Room to Read.

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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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One comment on “Has it really been that long?
  1. Mom says:

    Welcome back! Dad and I always check to see if you have posted. How do you work and still have time to create? The reading girl by thew fireplace is a winner, if I have anything to say about it!

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