March 30, 2008
March 29, 2008
I thought the level of craftsmanship and technical expertise was very high at this year's show. I really enjoyed looking at the quilts, especially those by people I know, in real life and online. And while art quilts are well represented at the show, especially in the Wall division, I think this show in general has a somewhat traditional feel, which makes me all the more appreciative that my slightly funky work has been accepted here.
March 26, 2008
Stop by the booth if you are at the show, and consider subscribing--it's an excellent publication.
One of the things I love about living in Lancaster County is the frequency of surreal experiences...as I was driving back from the Host, I came upon an Amish horse drawn buggy. This is not an uncommon occurrence on the back roads, but this was a 7 lane highway along a busy commercial strip, at rush hour. The horse was doing well considering the semis roaring past it, but was starting to balk. I slowed down and positioned myself behind the buggy with my flashers going, setting an example to help calm the rest of the traffic so the buggy could change lanes and turn off onto a side street. My good karma/good deed for the day!
March 25, 2008
When I was first teaching myself to free-motion quilt, I found it helpful to have just a half glass of wine or beer--no where near enough to befuddle, but sufficient to relax and not clench up. Now I know where the mental zone is, and can usually get there with just a short warm-up on a scrap piece.
Here's more of the hibiscus:
March 23, 2008
March 22, 2008
March 20, 2008
Some of the floats date back as far as the post WWII period, are meticulously maintained, and much of the gilt is real gold and silver. With the flowers and the candles, and the swaying motion as they are carried on the men's shoulders, they are mesmerizing
My charming and gracious hosts were quick to explain that the pointed headdresses ware part of a very old tradition, have religious significance, and have absolutely nothing to do with superficially similar hats worn by American KKK members. The gold embroidery on Mary's vestments is incredible.
March 17, 2008
March 15, 2008
This is a another wonderfully historic structure:
To round out my short series on arches and spires, here's my small quilt featuring the Veteran's Memorial Bridge that connects Columbia and Wrightsville, PA:
A detail from "The Old Bridge". The center image is printed on cotton, with handpainted silks and cottons in the borders, and hand beading:
March 13, 2008
March 12, 2008
And this one looks out on yet another arch:From here it's not a very far leap, at least in my mind, to these embroidered designs on a vintage Portuguese apron:
March 9, 2008
March 7, 2008
March 5, 2008
It's a bit chilly and ethereal, though, and not what I am looking for this time around. Here's the one I've selected to work with:
I've printed it out on silk, and am contemplating my next move.