Custom work filled many summer days at the studio this year. Completed projects are now delivered. Before I completely shift into next season’s work, my hands and mind are revisiting techniques and tools: a bit like a family reunion.
Grandma Alice showed me how to tie quilts when I was a teenager. My fingers readily repeat the old motions. I enjoy adding this simple bit of thread into textile art. Seen here, knots added to wall hanging used in the worship space of The Legacy, Staunton, VA.
The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opened July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The exhibition is at Floris United Methodist Church through July 26, 2015. Two of my works are part of the liturgical section. Desert Meditation is part of the original concept: “the show conveys the spirituality, healing, and inspirational messages that transcend all people.” All three pieces are for sale. Contact me for more information.
Make a triangle, find its shadow, and pair them up.
Repeat squares. Print. Arrange. Compose. Repeated squares reveal a cross.
Cover it all. Draw circles in the sand. Stitch the scrim. Cut. Leave the path of circles. Reveal the cross’s center. Create more shadow. Touch the shimmer. Fray the edges.
Now be new.
I like to meditate alone during times of transition, before big decisions. This panel has been a quiet desert retreat in the year I became a wife, again.
The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opened July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The liturgical section includes two of my works, both inspired by daily life. The horizon line of the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the delights of living in the Shenandoah Valley. All three pieces are for sale. Contact me for more information.
Unto The Hills
If I were a psalmist, I would look to the Blue Ridge.
The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opens July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The liturgical section includes two of my works, both inspired by daily life. The ubiquitous day lily stars in the first. All three pieces are for sale. Contact me for more information.
Consider these lilies.
Growing in your very own yard. Not the ones in faraway places. Not the ones on Easter altars. Consider these lilies.
The ones mama held in disdain, but which taught you about wabisabi in floral arrangement. (Not that anyone near that Midwest farm knew anything about Ikebana.)
They neither sow nor reap. They bloom one day. That’s it. Of course, there are plenty of buds. Blossoms appear abundantly for many summer days.
These one day bloomers persevere, returning each spring after deep cold, deep snow.
Could I be of their stock? I will consider these lilies.
A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. –Annie Dillard
section of Dancing at Midnight, textile wall hanging by Norma Colman
I have been a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates for several years, but this is the year I stepped up to contribute to the Benefit Auction. My approach was to be playful.
The Pantone color, tangerine tango, was my starting point. I worked with upcycled decorator weight silk and cotton and also casement fabric for window treatments. I abstracted a fashion photograph into a triangle, a square, and an oval. And then cut, pieced, sliced – several times. I eventually created two small quilts, one stacked upon the other. And yes, it was fun to fashion the work in this way.
The quilts are attached to fabric covered stretcher bars with copper nails.
My work — along with many, many other fine contributions — are on display via SAQA’s online galleries. It is great fun to look at the variety of work in the 12″ square format.