Time to Relax!

What a season! I was so busy this Christmas that I almost don’t want to share all I did – I fear I’ll come off as a nut!  I finished up at my job, which was very hectic with all the sales we had.  I also worked on several projects that I was commissioned to do.  My cousin in Colorado sent me a photo of a vacation cabin she wanted done for a Christmas gift and I got it to her just before Christmas.  I only had the one photo to work from, but I LOVE when I get just one picture and it is from the perfect angle.

This Christmas I didn’t do as much sewing for my family as usual.  I did make my kids their traditional pajama pants, and a quilt for Elizabeth (which I will share at a later date). Mostly I was busy finishing up a commissioned piece for my dear neighbor.  The task was set to me months back, but the idea was so daunting that it took my brain awhile to work out the details.  A very good friend of my neighbor’s closed up her family business this past year and she wanted to give her a tribute to the years they shared their morning coffee together.  Her idea was to have me make one of my wall hanging quilts of the large window at their shop and add images that speak to their years of friendship.  A few of the images were inside jokes, some represented the passage of years, but mostly it was a beautiful summation of wonderful mornings spent together in friendship.

What a task!  And what a result — I was so afraid it would turn out like a demented version of a Salvador Dali painting, but I truly quite like it! 🙂

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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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3 comments on “Time to Relax!
  1. Maureen says:

    Hey Mary! Your cabin quilt was so beautiful that our friend nearly cried when she opened it! It was the kind of reaction you want from every gift. Thanks again!!

  2. Erin Coyle says:

    You’re work is SO beautiful! When we finally find a house we love, I’m sending you a picture to commission you to make a quilt. Thanks for posting your work on your blog! Now GO REST!

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