Archive for the ‘Commemorative Quilt’ Category

Moving Blanket: Stengle

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

My friend Sarah is an accomplished maker of things. If you know her, you know. We’ve had an ongoing appointment on certain Tuesday evenings to get together to work on projects. Over time many women have worked with us; fun is had by all. When Sarah decided to move, it became clear to me that the best way to prepare for this shift was to offer some of her nears and dears a chance to participate in the creation of a Moving Blanket especially for her.

This particular quilt includes fabric Sarah gave me: the pink striped shirt she would wear in the studio, a night watch plaid shirt that belonged to her Dad. Anticipating a Tuesday night devoted specifically to preparing this quilt, I pulled out fabric that had been donated by mutual friends. As is my custom, almost no instruction was given, and people improvised with what they brought and what was available.

An unusual addition to this mix was the use of denim. Normally I use shirt weight material but because Sarah and I both love the Gee’s Bend quilts, it seemed appropriate to include some Levi’s 501 jeans in homage to those compositions of workclothes, which visually resonate like the most evocative Abstract Expressionist color field paintings.




Red Cross

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Red Cross

Dona Warner and Jon Lash have recently celebrated their 23rd anniversary.   We’ve known each other since 1995, when I moved to the east coast and started at the Johnson Atelier.  We live nearby- their jewel box of a cottage on the canal in Yardley is the sort of place which is both exquisite and comfortable, with a rambling English garden and a moss roofed guest house inhabited by their talented and perceptive son Sawyer.   Over the years, a lot of refinement has gone it to making the house a true home, and Dona resolved to make over their bedroom when Jon was away on a business trip.  The results are a lovely as the rest of the house, and my “Red Cross” quilt (first exhibited at Art All Night in 2008) has pride of place.  Congratulations on the anniversary!

Miss Sushi