Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Queen Charlotte" is Getting Ready to Travel....

It's fun to open your e-mail and receive good news (far more rewarding than those advertisements for pills online or requests for credit card numbers to "verify" an account).

I just got word that "Under the Watchful Eye of Queen Charlotte" is one of 20 pieces - selected from 141 entries - for SAQA's (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Layers of Memory exhibition.

The show is curated by Doria Goocher and it's designed to represent the human processes of memory.

"Queen Charlotte" uses images of Charlotte, NC people, places, and events to explore the city's past and present.

The images represent the collective human memory of the city.

They come together to form a section of Queen Charlotte's face (the British monarch for whom the city is named).

(BTW: Here's a photo of of the statue of Queen Charlotte that served as the model for her face. The statue stands in uptown Charlotte. It's probably a highly romanticized version of the queen since she was never known as a particular beauty)

The exhibit will be touring with the Mancuso Quilt shows starting in August at The World Quilt Show in Manchester, New Hampshire and ending at the Denver National Quilt Festival in August, 2012.

In between, "Queen Charlotte" will be thumbing her way to venues across the country (Santa Clara, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Somerset, NJ; Hampton, VA; West Palm Beach, FL)...a well-traveled lady to be sure.

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th,


Monday, June 27, 2011

Fun with Glasses Cases

About once a summer I have lunch with 5 high school (aka, "old"!) friends. I like to use these irregular meetings to test drive a new technique or pattern. For this summer's meeting, I've made eyeglass cases using a pattern from Quilting Arts Gifts 2009-2010. I started with some peach colored cotton from some unremembered-but-definitely-not-purchased-by-me source. Using acrylic paints, I randomly whisked on some pink, purple, yellow, aqua, and green, with the rough thought of creating a mid-century pattern. Then I stitched with similar colored threads, layered, quilted, satin-stitched the edges, added alcohol-inked buttons, and some conveniently variegated yarn, and voila! 6 unique-but-related glasses cases. Hope my friends like these!