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Monday, December 19th, 2016

A Quilt To Get Excited About

Putting it together

Detail

Overview

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:
Maryann’s batiks
Hailey’s pants
Eli and Annie’s quilt
Steve’s sweater
Nana’s afghan
A terrible towel
Jim’s grandma’s quilt
Tina’s dedication
pajama pants from EB Pepper
Black Radish’s curtain
favorite lime green capris described in Tent Of Protection
my dress from Annie’s graduation
Wendy’s curtains
log cabin block from the Quilting Path
challah cover from JAF
favorite turtlenecks
art project with Adrienne
Ben’s quilt
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
Chinese pajamas
Panache ikat
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


Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

7 Quilts; 7 Pillows; 4 Pillow Shams

HAW for grandchild

HAW for Daughter

HAW For Daughter

HAW for Grandchild

HAW for grandchild

HAW for Wife

HAW for grandchild

Two of Seven Pillows

A Set For Each

Pillow Shams


Monday, June 27th, 2016

The True Quilter Self

Onthebed

SummerQuiltDetail

SummerQuiltfor Bubbe

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!!


Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Thirteen Quilt Is a Lot Of Quilts

Quilts celebrating the 25th anniversary of Woodside Place

Atruim Winter and Spring

Atruim Fall and Winter

Atrium Summer

Entrance Hall

IMG_3846

Little Star

Hallway Star

Hallway Trees

Little Tree

Little House

Hallway Houses

Big Houses

Trees2016


Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Clothing Collections #1

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:

Black Shirt Front

Bubbe's Top 2

Bubbe's Top1

Diamond ShirtFront

Dress Shirt

LongSleeve Tee

Pants Shirt

Zip ShirtFront


Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Two Businesses Serve One Client

Getting ready for college. I remember it both for myself and for my children. Wardrobe and bedding- very important. For a granddaughter- a SilkQuilt memory quilt made of her clothing from high School and A SilkDenim Sarah’s Jacket made to last a lifetime.

Everything Comes In A BigBag

Jacket with Belt

Quilt

Back Detail

Jacket Label

Quilt Detail

Quilt Detail


Friday, May 29th, 2015

A Special Coat For A Special Person

Our Signature

Front On Model

Back On Model

Jacket Front

Jacket Back

All Garments Get A Bag Too

Packed For Delivery


Monday, May 25th, 2015

BubbeWisdom: Faith. Belief. Practice Exhibit

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
Etz Chaim

B. Yesh; 60”H X 58”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Yesh

C. On The Edge; 59”H X 62”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
On The Edge

D. One Among Many; 75”H X 41”; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. Sold
One Amoung Many

E. Port of Entry 3.3; 40”H X 65”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Port of Entry

F. Self-Portrait 2013; 10”H X 8”W; Hand Embroidered French Knots. Collection of Artist.
Self-Portrait

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.
Book Installation

I. Acceptance: Journal End Tables; 24”H X 14”W X 14”D; Cut and Machine Stitched Hand-Written Journals (1971-2006), Tee-Shirt Remnants, Wire Basket. Collection of Artist.
P1040955

J. Hannah’s Children; 72″WX60″DX49″H; Tent made from remnants of mechitzah from Museum Of The Diaspora Protest Project circa 1994; Pillows Made From Remnants of Jacob’s Ladder Project. $736.00
Hannah's Children

K. Blessings of a Child: A Chapter Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $18.00.
Book Installation

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.
Jacob's Ladder

M. Jacob’s Ladder Coaster Collection; 48 sets of coasters made for individual contributors with their materials of memory. Shown with crocheted basket and rug. Gift from the Artist.
Gift Coasters

N. Dream Interpretations; 101”HX83”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00
Dream Interpeters

O. Keter; 86”HX86”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00.
Keter

P. Sky and Water; 87”HX79”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00.
IMG_5470

Q. Tiferet; 77”HX67”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. Sold
IMG_5482

R. SilkDenim Boro; 88”HX85”W; SilkDenim.us First Collection Denim Remnants; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted. $1800.00.
SilkDenim Boro

S. Modest But Zealous; Diptych 17”HX22”W; Hand Embroidery on 1980 Sadye and Howard Shapiro Community Leadership Awards. Collection of Artist.
Howie
Sadye

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.
BubbeWisdomBook


Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Louise Silk: BubbeWisdom: Faith. Belief. Practice: The Exhibit

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.
Gallery Instalation

Installation

Gallery Installation2

A. Etz Chaim; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Etz Chaim

B. Yesh; 60”H X 58”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Yesh

C. On The Edge; 59”H X 62”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
On The Edge

D. One Among Many; 75”H X 41”; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. Sold
One Amoung Many

E. Port of Entry 3.3; 40”H X 65”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Port of Entry

F. Self-Portrait 2013; 10”H X 8”W; Hand Embroidered French Knots. Collection of Artist.
Self-Portrait

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.

My Memory Quilt

My Memory Quilt

H. Bubbe’s Memory Quilt Story Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $25.00.

Bubbe's Memory Quilt Book

I. Acceptance: Journal End Tables; 24”H X 14”W X 14”D; Cut and Machine Stitched Hand-Written Journals (1971-2006), Tee-Shirt Remnants, Wire Basket. Collection of Artist.
Journal Table Installed

P1040955

Acceptance 1

J. Hannah’s Children; 72″WX60″DX49″H; Tent made from remnants of mechitzah from Museum Of The Diaspora Protest Project circa 1994; Pillows Made From Remnants of Jacob’s Ladder Project. $736.00

Hannah's Children

K. Blessings of a Child: A Chapter Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $18.00.
Book Installation

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.
Jacob's Ladder

M. Jacob’s Ladder Coaster Collection; 48 sets of coasters made for individual contributors with their materials of memory. Shown with crocheted basket and rug. Gift from the Artist.
Gift Coasters

N. Dream Interpretations; 101”HX83”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00
Dream Interpeters

O. Keter; 86”HX86”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00.
Keter

P. Sky and Water; 87”HX79”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00.
IMG_5470

Q. Tiferet; 77”HX67”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. Sold
IMG_5482

R. SilkDenim Boro; 88”HX85”W; SilkDenim.us First Collection Denim Remnants; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted. $1800.00.
SilkDenim Boro

S. Modest But Zealous; Diptych 17”HX22”W; Hand Embroidery on 1980 Sadye and Howard Shapiro Community Leadership Awards. Collection of Artist.
Sadye
Howie


Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Quilt Curtains

Subject: Music Room So Rich

Louise, of course we bring people into the music room when the sun hits it in late afternoon, and your quilt glows like Chartres.
But it’s 5:21 a.m. now, no light at all, and the quilt is equally wonderful and comforting. Thanks for your great gift to us.
–FT

Subject: 3 more reasons to love your work

Louise, 3 more reasons to love your work;
1. Acoustics. The music room is so quiet now it’s thrilling.
2. Warmer: mid-April was chilly here, but not in the music room with your quilt, which warms it up.
3. Cooler: early May is HOT here!, but not in the music room with your quilt, which cools it down.
–FT

Curtain 1

Curtain 2

Curtain 3

Curtain 4

Curtain 5

Curtain 6

Curtain 7

Curtain 8


Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

It Takes A Life Time

Machine Stitching

Stitching detail

The big question that I am getting lately is- How long does it take you to make that? Oh my, what a loaded question. There are so many factors that go into each and every quilt: the purpose, the budget, the materials, and the use to name the most basic. That requires a face-to-face meeting with the client- asking critical questions to understand the needs and goals for the project.

I begin with my experience- recalling past projects that fit into the same classification. For example, someone is interested in a curtain- I look back at all of my curtain projects and see what will help me this time.
I search through other pieces of art that will engage my creativity looking for innovations that will help make this piece better.
I go through the materials and organize them to make sense for this particular project.
I decide on the format- do I need a drawing? a pattern? a series of cuttings? Are there different components to the project- does it need a border- will it be used as wall art? What is the backing?
Finally, the work begins, a very organized and speedy process of cutting, piecing, ironing, pinning, observing, correcting, noting, quilting, binding………………..

How long does it take to make a quilt? A lifetime of experience.


Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Lots and Lots of Scraps

The work in my current exhibition is made either of materials of memory or lots and lots of scraps. Here is how they came together:
OnThe Edge
On The Edge; 59”H X 62”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants.

Yesh
Yesh; 60”H X 58”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants.

Etz Chaim
Etz Chaim; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants.

Keter
Keter; 86”HX86”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants.

Port of Entry 3.3
Port of Entry 3.3; 40”H X 65”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants.

Tiferet
Tiferet; 77”HX67”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants.

Dream Interpeters
Dream Interpretations; 101”HX83”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants.

SilkDenim Boro
SilkDenim Boro; 88”HX85”W; SilkDenim.us First Collection Denim Remnants; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted.

Sky and Water
Sky and Water; 87”HX79”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants.

Come see them in person!



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