Thursday, October 20, 2016

Homemade Hillary Sign

How I cheered when I noticed this sign up briefly (now gone) near the intersection of 13th and Haskell in Lawrence. It's rare to see a homemade sign these days - this one is so simple and to the point. Hooray!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Final Vantage Point Details

Look for more about Maggy here.

A scary section of Vantage Point.

Just wondrous.

Some of the smallest details are my favorites ...

So many of these sections are amazing - so the entire piece is rather overwhelming.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Vantage Point Details 2

Many of the applique pieces are added broderie perse style but some textiles are there intact, like the corn piece top right.

This definitely gives us permission to keep collecting those wacky kitchen textiles ...

This incorporates several pieces - and they are so great together! I have to go back and look at this again!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Vantage Point Details 1

Those of us who love vintage textiles will be delighted at what Maggy Hiltner did with them in her 2015 piece currently on display at the Lawrence Arts Center. Here are some details:

Here's a shot where it turns the corner. It shows the narrative that runs along the bottom - it also runs across the top.

It is beautiful and grim all at once.

I like the stitches Maggy used to applique her pieces in place.

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Home Ec Project Gone Awry

Right edge of Vantage Pint
How often is there wonder right in our own neighborhood that we almost MISS!!

I almost missed seeing this fantastic textile work, Vantage Point by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, at our very own Lawrence Arts Center. Alert stringer Georgann Eglinski let me know about this when she saw it yesterday. I was there this morning and learned the piece will be on display at the Lawrence Arts Center until July 23.

Go see this! It is described as hand-stitched cotton, found embroidery made in 2015. It measures 46" x 864". Yes, that is 46" x 72 FEET! I am just agog at the wonder of Maggy's work and very sad I missed her talk in May.

The rest of Vantage Point

Below is a photo of Maggy's complete description of this work, along with an artist statement. This work is hand-stitched and incorporates household goods and the story of the area where Maggy grew up in Pottstown, PA. I will let her work and her words speak for themselves. I took a lot of detail shots and will post them in the next few days.

In the meantime, enjoy! And if you can get to Lawrence this week, be sure to see this.

One detail shot for you today, more soon:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Wonder of Blogging

I've been totally seduced by blogging. I think it's accurate to say it has changed my life.

I've found it to be the diary I have never been good at keeping on paper. This blog has meant a lot to me since I started it 8 years ago. It's been my own record of projects and collecting over those years. It's been such a wonderful way to connect with so many of you that feel like I do about quilts. My kindred spirits! I am so happy to know you.

These days I turn more of my energies to personal blogging. Several of these are pretty private:

  • I keep a blog about our home, recording events, things we have seen (sunsets, bee swarms), a record of when flowers bloom ...

  • I keep a blog of my time with my parents and the amazing things I learn as they cope with decline.

  • I also keep a scrapbook type blog - pictures mostly - of my new hobby, mosaic.

So if entries in this blog seem a bit infrequent, that is why. I suspect I will be back to this blog when some of those current interests wane.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Our Quilt with Words

For several years, I had the pleasure of attending a quilt retreat at Point Bonita, California. It was heaven for me: a week to sew, visit with friends, hike, be fed by very good cooks - all right by the San Francisco Bay. Julie Silber stopped by one year and showed some quirky quilts. One of our favorites was what we called a quilt with words. It was made up of odd little sayings embroidered on wool. My favorite was, "Mister xxxx ran through the screen door." We were mesmerized and my stitch group decided to make our own version of it.

We recorded personal events, phrases that we overheard, favorite quotes, pictures of our pets, whatever! We stitched them for a long while ... finally, someone (CGJ I recall) gathered all of the pieces together and stitched them to a wool background. Someone else (LF) added the rickrack and it was displayed at our guild show last month. It is 53 inches wide and 60 inches long.

Blocks were contributed by Kathe Dougherty, Carol Jones, Georgann Eglinski, Barbara Brackman, LInda Frost and me.