The Strawbridge Shrine, Quilted

My wonderful neighbor brought me another challenge this winter;  create a quilted piece of the Robert Strawbridge Shrine.   This site of the Birthplace of American Methodism and is located just a few miles from our properties.  My neighbor’s family is very active in the commemoration of this bit of history and she wanted to celebrate that fact with a quilt.  She gave me the beginnings of an idea, and then carte blanche, and this is what I came up with.  The vegetable stand is of particular importance because it is the one she and her husband operated with their boys when they were younger.  If you click on it, you can see the apples they used to sell, plus her famous floral arrangements and pussy-willows.



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.

Posted in Art Quilts
2 comments on “The Strawbridge Shrine, Quilted
  1. Boudicca says:

    The two cabins look especially 3-D!!

  2. Terry says:

    Reblogged this on Secret Blog #2 and commented:
    I live with the most talented person I know, and I’m not talking about myself, people

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