lime green capris
Extra LogCabin block from Quilting Path Project
Art Book Project with Adrienne
Ann’s ethnic embroideries
Tina’s Dedication Panel
JAF Challah Cover
J Jill Hemp Clothing
Cool Pajama Shirt
Top remake remnants from CP Shades clothing
Alexander Henry Peacock fabric
Lots of Black Clothing
Dress from Annie’s Graduation
Remnants from Amy’s Chuppah
Panache Ikat Dress
Presby Senior Care Quilt Remnants
Leslie and Michelle fabric
Spoonflower shehecheyanu fabric
Heath’s pinstripe shirt
The need to cover a kitchen cart creates a desire to gather more meaningful remnants, listed in no particular order:
Kaffe Fassett quilt fabrics
border fabric from Quilting Path Tree Quilt
Alexander Henry fabric for Eli’s Quilt
leftovers from Maya’s and Hailey’s first quilt
MaryAnn’s batik skirt
Classic 80s Hoffman border batik
Sunflower produced Shekianu fabric
Leonard’s hand-stitched corduroy shirt
Freda’s Bark Cloth
City Quilt Shop Double Wedding Ring Peter Pan fabric
Quilt making is easy to learn. There was a time in our history when every family had several quilt makers. Quilts rested on every bed, table and chair. Some were for every day use; others memorialized special occasions and relationships. Women passed their skills onto their children, and experienced quilt makers were considered valuable assets to everyday community life. Those who didn’t create the quilts with their own hands still were knowledgeable about quilting materials and the process. Although industrialization has lured us away from this home-centered activity, it does not eliminate our capacity to learn the craft. Louise Silk, The Quilting Path
I’ve been having a conversation with myself about how best to pass on a life-time of quilt-making skills. Standing at the cutting table the other day, the aha moment came: create an open-studio and invite everyone interested to participate. Back in the 70’s, I honed my quilting knowledge in a young mothers’ weekly quilt meeting we named Quilter’s Triangle. Why not model a new opportunity after the source of my earliest growth and development?
Do you want to quilt?
Are you interested in learning about quilt-making first-hand from a master?
Beginning January 9, 2017 for most Monday nights from 6:00-9:00PM,
I am pleased to invite you to an open studio at my loft.
I am excited to extend this invitation. Come as often as you like. Come alone or bring a friend. Commit to an individual project (or two or three) of your choice and stitch away. Let’s come together to inspire, explore, learn, exchange and have fun!
All quilts are special but this one gets special marks- a memory quilt for me of the littlest pieces of left-overs I simply found to meaningful to throw away.
Among its many remnants in no particular order:
Eli and Annie’s quilt
A terrible towel
Jim’s grandma’s quilt
pajama pants from EB Pepper
Black Radish’s curtain
favorite lime green capris described in Tent Of Protection
my dress from Annie’s graduation
log cabin block from the Quilting Path
challah cover from JAF
art project with Adrienne
remake shirt pieces
Leslie and Michele fabric
Ben’s thermal shirt
Ann’s ethnic fabric
Alex’s bedspread from Tina
favorite old navy sweat pants
fancy shirt from Banana Republic
embroidered shirt from Sea Dog
quilt piece from PSC
shehekianu fabric made from spoonflower
material from Amy and Evan’s chuppah
backed in especially beautiful quilter’s batiks from Betty’s collection and SilkThread
being sent to Nettie Yoder for hand quilting
Getting ready for a vacation creates lots of work- laundry, packing, bill paying, creating itineraries, finishing outstanding commissions, record keeping, sorting out volunteer responsibilities, helping friends and family with projects- plenty to do so I can walk out the door and feel whole- but miten drinen I found myself at the Salvation Army compelled to make myself a summer bed quilt after discovering the perfect backing – an old cotton sheet and a fabulous selection of men’s big and tall shirts in blues.
In the old days we used to make fun of this woman Eleanor Burns who created the idea of a Quilt-In-A-Day. No self-respecting quilter would admit to any kind of quality product that only takes a day to make. Enter Louise Silk- quilter extraordinaire and meshuggener – Saturday night I deconstructed all of the shirts and Sunday a cut and pieced the best-ever summer quilt for our bed. Only one problem- I won’t be sleeping under it until I return from France. Things could be worse! Bon voyage!!
It’s been a very long time since I wrote on the blog. While I may have been silent, I continue on with my never-ending process. Reading the book Women in Clothes gave me the inspiration to do some documentation. The book is a composite of conversations, surveys, projects, and collections from a wide assortment of women. The surveys were okay, the conversations were variable, the projects thought provoking and the collections absolutely fascinating.
With that as inspiration, I want to share some of my own collections. At the top of my list is my personal collection of SilkDenim tops. And here they are:
At this stage of my life, everything fabric, patch, thread, takes on multiple meaning. It’s the same for breath, thought, action and so it is for the three categories of work on display: Bed Quilts made from gleaned scraps of my fabric collection; Kabbalah theme quilts from tee-shirt remnants; work from personal materials of memory.
A. Etz Chaim; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
G. Bubbe’s Memory Quilt; 85”H X 87”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Personal Materials of Memory including clothing favorites such as Sun Dog shirt, Dana Buchman vest From Eli’s Bar Mitzvah, first cashmere sweater, Lilith Fair and JJill hemp clothing, CP Shade and Panache garments. Heath’s corduroy shirt and pinstripe nightshirt. Dad’s golf hankie, navy blazer and NRM sweater logo. Mom’s 75th birthday suit, poke-a-dot dress, stripe shirt and Pieces of Memory remnants. Materials from Biblical Women projects including Erased Out Of Herstory Tee-Shirt. Billy Siegal’s molas, MaryAnn’s batiks, Israeli hand-embroidery, Indian kurta and pants. Sadye and Howie silk appliqué found by Dana at Triftique. Hand embroidered prayer. General Sisters Underwear, Childhood blanket and Nana’s afghan. Jim’s Bubbe’s 60th Birthday Schlep Tee-Shirt. Collection of Artist.
H. Bubbe’s Memory Quilt Story Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $25.00.
K. Blessings of a Child: A Chapter Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $18.00.
L. Jacob’s Ladder; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Materials of Memory from JCC Community including challah cover, logo tee-shirts, napkins, biker shirts, men’s sport shirts, baby onesie, tie-dye shirts, bedspread, table clothes, quilting fabric, chemo-cap, Mexican embroidery, African fabric, Holocaust Star and photo, rags, crocheted doily, beads, apron, painter’s pants, pajamas, upholstery materials, knitted shawl, hand-batik fabric, curtains, woman’s blouse, hexagon quilt pieces, denim jeans, men’s work shirts, men’s khaki shorts, woman’s skirt, carry bag, woman’s suit jacket. Collection of American Jewish Museum.
T. BubbeWisdom; 8.5”H X 8.5”W X .5”D; Available from Lulu.com, $21.95. Selected writings by Louise Silk as she blogged for the Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, her granddaughter, and her blogs at http://bubbewisdom.com/ Done in conjunction with this 2015 quilt exhibition at the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh.