Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sweet Red and White

What a great example of taking a commercial pattern and giving yourself to it.  Luscious reds and white combine with cotton, silk, velvet and wool - pieced to perfection! 

You Make My Heart Go Pitty Pat by Eileen Thurston, Hyde Park, MA
 (The pattern from "Vivacious Curvy Quilts" by Dianne S. Hire.)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stand And Sew!

Apparently, I'm not the only one who has trouble sitting for long periods of time.  There was recently a discussion on the SAQA group that involved quite a bit of discussion about this common problem. For me, that's a dual problem.  With my arthritis, it hurts to stay in any position for long. 

With my Restless Leg Syndrome sometimes I can't sit at all.  So, I've come up with a situation that works for me.  I raised the table on some 2 X 4s.  It's not too pretty and not quite finished off yet - it needs to be more secure so it doesn't fall off the 2 X 4s -  but it works and does the job! 

I can stand for hours and it makes my free motion stitching so much easier! My design wall is just behind me here so I can simply reach the next piece off the wall and sew!

I still have an older machine set up on the far side of this table if I want to sit and sew for awhile. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Heirolglyphics Interrupted by Patricia Washburn

Today, I want to share a pieced quilt by Patricia Washburn from Taunton, MA titled "Heiroglyphics Interrupted #1.  This is such a well executed piece of art and a showcase for a fabric collage.  The FMQ design is perfectly chosen to add another dimension to the piece, so much so that it seems equal to each of the other elements of this quilt. The black and white shapes make a great foundation structure that also leads your eye all the way through it and perks up the color choices.  This wins an award in my mind for exceptional design in the abstract art category!  I aspire to this quality of work.

At the Lowell Quilt Festival, 2013


Friday, September 13, 2013

I Saw The Light

On my way home this afternoon, as I approached Lake Quannapowett I saw this incredible light on the water.  Stopped at a red light, I watched it start to wane and rushed to catch the last glimpse of it!

Rain Clouds Over Lake Quannapowett

Shimmering Lake

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Music of the Night

Throughout the next few months I'll continue to share with you more quilts from the Lowell Quilt Festival.  They are all from the main exhibit space at the Lowell Auditorium.  Without further ado:

Music of the Night by Pamela Arsenault, Southborough, MA

Close Up, Music of the Night

Wednesday, September 4, 2013