Googled

Have you ever googled your name to see what shows up? I try to do it regularly, to make sure anyone interested in having a memory quilt made will find me easily. I search under SilkQuilt, BubbeWisdom and Louise Silk. This week I discovered something very unusual. A local artist took my photo and madeContinue reading “Googled”

Schmatta For Sale

As I have reported many times before, I have lots and lots of t-shirt remnants and my daughter, Sarah and I are developing products to sell when she graduates from school this spring. My latest idea is to sell large squares of knit fabric to replace tissue- kind of like a hankie but way more.Continue reading “Schmatta For Sale”

Community Quilting

The sisterhood of a local congregation, Tree of Life Or L’Simcha, enlisted my help to create a quilt for the entrance of their building. We began with a first meeting where everyone brought meaningful pieces of cloth and I presented a PowerPoint talk giving an overview of quilts made with meaning and memory and aContinue reading “Community Quilting”

The French Knot

Embroidery always appealed to me and when I wanted to make this memory piece shown above of my Dad and me, I found the French Knot as my vehicle for interesting texture, scale and color variation. The knots are formed with two different colors of regular sewing thread wrapped three times around a #8 embroideryContinue reading “The French Knot”

Fabrics Included = Many Memories

Directions:Sew together four half-square 5″ triangles for each finished 6″ block. Make 120 blocks, ten blocks times twelve blocks, for a 60″ X 80″ quilt top. Fabrics included:Rayon print vest, two JJill hemp pants suits, Heath’s pin-whale corduroy shirt, Dad’s golf hankie, Billy Siegal’s mola remnants, Slave Boy remnants, Sun Dog Shirt, Mom’s 75th cremeContinue reading “Fabrics Included = Many Memories”

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend

In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York introduced American to the dynamic quilts created by a group of women who live in the isolated, African-American hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Ala. Gee’s Bend is located in southwest Alabama on a sliver of land five miles long and eight miles wide, a virtualContinue reading “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend”

Transformed Remnants

Many years ago, I caught Steve going though my garbage removing the discarded ends of t-shirts cut away in the process of making memory quilt commissions. He thought it was a crime for all of that unused fabric to go into a landfill. That brought me to the potential of these remnants and with thatContinue reading “Transformed Remnants”

Rejection

I really wish I were less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection. Billy Joel The business of an artist is a tough road fraught with multitudes of rejection. Artists have to have tough skin, not take it personally and keep searching for the right showcase for the work.Continue reading “Rejection”

The Good With The Bad

Here’s the good news: My “Tree of Life” quilt from Quilt National 2011 was purchased by one of the jurors, Eleanor McCain. It’s great to sell a piece and particularly exciting that the person who judged the competition picked my work to be worthy of her collection. It reminded me of time in 1984 whenContinue reading “The Good With The Bad”