Sunday, March 6, 2011

Inspirations

   Still no quilting activity by me personally (who knew I would lose my groove within a month of starting a quilting blog??-- but I know it will be back soon)-- but I did attend a wonderful quilt show this weekend:

Main Church Sanctuary,
Southport Congregational Church, CT

And I am reading a very good book:


I will intersperse inspirations from both (and additional quotes since I just started the book) in this post.

This Seven Stars quilt, from 1900, was hand pieced, appliqued and hand quilted by Sarah Eloise White Cumming.


"A principle of physics states 'When an electron vibrates, the universe shakes.'  Let us then, you and I, be those electrons that vibrate at the level of consciousness to bring peace, harmony, joy and love to the world." --  from Deepak Chopra: The Deeper Wound, Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering.


This is a hand-pieced and hand-quilted 8 Pointed Star made in 1957 made by Emma Chambers as a gift for her granddaughter's wedding.  I did not take a close-up of the hand quilting but it is truly amazing!

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength."-- St. Frances de Sales


This is a block from what I believe is a Borrowed Quilt that was constructed for a quilt challenge (Fairfield Processing)  I love the use of tulle overlay to represent rays of light.

"If you focus on success, you'll have stress.  But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed."
-- Deepak Chopra

1 of 12  blocks in the beautiful Kimono Quilt made by the Bee Attitude quilting group, that was up for raffle (that I didn't win, but some lucky person did).  Each of the blocks had a different color scheme with beautiful oriental/Asian prints.  It was an amazing quilt!

In soft whisperings from the heart,
The child within offers your always
The thread of your truth.
May you cherish that child, trust
That voice and weave that thread
Richly into the fabric of your days.
-- Anonymous


This Grandmother's Flower Garden dates back to 1930 and most likely included fabrics from dresses and aprons that were also made by the quilter.
This was one of several hand pieced jackets by Ruth S. Galpin (1923-1988)
This was one of my personal favorites because I am a true nature lover. It is upside down because it is draped over a pew (and I forgot to rotate it!)
The Bug Collector (2006) created by Mary Beth Stockman

The Beach (2009)
This quilted collage bag was machine pieced, quilted and appliqued by Eleanor Burke at a Connecticut Piecemaker's Carol Gee workshop.  I love all the details-- including the footprints in the sand and real shells.

Bottom half, The Bug Collector
 "I vow to practice mindful breathing and smiling, looking deeply into things.  I vow to understand living beings and their suffering, to cultivate compassion and lovingkindness, and to practice joy and equanimity." -- Thich Nhat Hanh

Pigs in the Blanket (2000)
Made by Diane Behrens as a keepsake for her grandson
Cabin Pathways (2009)
Machine pieced and hand quilted by Cathie Billings
I love the colors in this one!
Double Wedding Ring (2006)
Hand quilted and appliqued by Mary Anne Urquhart

"Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.
This is the ultimate."
-- Chuang Tsu

This Color My World quilt was created entirely from scraps by Sharon Dina in 2009.
 The pattern is  a scrappy bargello by Bonnie Hunter.


Hope you enjoyed the quilts and the quotes!  It was a beautiful exhibit.



1 comment:

Helen said...

Thanks for sharing. Love the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I also saw some other quilts that I admire.
Would love to hear more about the book.
Enjoy your week. Hopefully you can find some time to quilt :)