Sue Polansky’s masterful, pictoral quilt had a somber theme — the Pennsylvanian Amish schoolhouse shootings of October, 2006.
Polansky, close up
The close up begins to give you a feel for the number of fabric pieces involved as well as her skillful selection.
Margaret Ryding, "Winter Light"
I liked the movement in Ryding’s quilt. The close up reveals beaded embellishments and a couple of the interesting prints — my photos do not do this quilt justice.
Ryding, close up
Beverly Fine’s horizontal piece, below, is a whole cloth quilt (with the exception of a strip of organza ribbon appliqued on). I don’t know how she obtained so much texture and depth with her surface treatment.
Beverly Fine, Crosswalk 1
Fine, close up
The next piece, by Christine Lacki, was needle felted and pieced, with couched fibers in the centers. It won Juror’s Choice at Quilts=Art=Quilts 2007.
Christine Lacki, "All Boxed In"
I have a few more pictures to share. This week saw me finishing the collage panels for the After Prom Party and starting two quilt commissions.
"Collective Soul: Study in Lime Green" by Jane Walsh
Over the next couple of days, I’ll be posting some pictures from the QC show that was up over the weekend. This first picture is of a fairly large quilt — 4.5′ tall perhaps?. It is a whole cloth piece with surface treatment created by Kumo shibori and some painting. The colors were yummy.
"Fragments" by Judy Becker
An entire wall was devoted to “Fragments” by Judy Becker. At least five of these well-crafted quilts sold. Each piece is (I’m guessing) 10″ square. They were hung vertically in color-related groups. Each piece (I think) incorporated a found rusted object, centered below —
Becker, close up
One of the things I love about Judy’s work (besides her beautiful color-sense and well-pieced compositions) is the unique and lovely way she binds the quilt to the wooden frame.
Becker side view
One of my quilts was in “The Black Box” — thankfully NOT in the Mezzanine Classroom, which I have a theory about, but will keep to myself for now — but was so badly lit that I couldn’t really take a decent picture of it.
Close up of "Adam and Eve IV"
It was not a hugely successful quilt, as I mentioned in an earlier blog, but I was being scrupulous about not showing a quilt that had been previously exhibited, and having shown 14 quilts in that very venue the month before, I didn’t think I could pick my favorite of that bunch. However, I noticed some other entries in the QC show that had taken prizes in other exhibits, so clearly were not making their debut.
Here’s Jack enjoying the sun… normally, I cannot snap a relaxed and happy picture of him because of his camera-phobia. But I was half-hiding behind some inkberries and the sun must have been in his eyes.
Today is drab — more like this picture.
Quilters are so famous for not finishing things, that they have appropriated an acronym for easy reference to quilts-in-the-making — “UFO” is an “unfinished object.” This UFO (pictured above) was discovered this past weekend in one of my bins. I just bound it and hung it upstairs. It used to be part of a much larger quilt, one that was not coming together and so suffered the fate of fragmentation.
[June 13 Addendum — I finished the little piece pictured on my Bernina above — and here it is!]:
"Exuberance", about 4.5" x 7"
One of the quilts I submitted to the Quilters’ Connection show this year was a cut up and rearranged quilt. I photographed it for submission when it was still a UFO, trusting that it would become likable along the way. Well, I was wrong. I still don’t really like it and submitted it anyway. Whoo… that constitutes risky behavior at my age!
Anyway, I helped hang the QC show this morning and as usual, there are many, many impressive quilts. Show opens tomorrow and goes through Sunday at The Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA.