Autobiography of a Quilt #7- The Other Quilts

In the case of most quilts, there is way more fabric available than can be included. It takes tough love to eliminate favored materials that don’t quite complement the mix. In this case, I eliminated a whole class of materials- all of my t-shirts and workout clothes- rugged basic knits that I wear most days.Continue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #7- The Other Quilts”

Autobiography of a Quilt #6- Collaboration=Fabric

Leslie Golomb and I have been collaborating since 1993. For each project, we agree on the concept, Leslie prints fabric and I do the construction. We did among others, a series on Biblical Women, two pieces that were part of Quilt National, two Judaic pieces that were part of competitions at the Spertus Museum inContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #6- Collaboration=Fabric”

Autobiography of a Quilt #5- Ukrainian Ann

Allow me to introduce you to Ann G. She lived all of her adult life in a house in Greenfield, married to George raising one son, Alex. First Quilt- for her adult son’s birthday made of all of his Boy Scout uniforms including the scarves and the patches Second commission- bed quilt of her weddingContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #5- Ukrainian Ann”

UnMaking A Quilt

Having the Tibetan Monks in Pittsburgh this week, reminds me of my personal mandala of impermanence. When I had a memory quilt exhibit of all of my parents clothing and textiles, I asked Kyoki from the Zen Center of Pittsburgh to help me create a ritual of loss. She suggested I unmake a quilt inContinue reading “UnMaking A Quilt”

A Day In The Life of an Artist

Friday, May 18, 2012 6:27 radio alarm rings (love to stay in bed as long as I can) stay until I hear the weathershower (hot, hot, hot, with my favorite Thymes Eucalyptus Body Wash)dilemma on something special to wear for a talk (settle on Ikat top from Panache and knit black jeans) 6:45 half glassContinue reading “A Day In The Life of an Artist”

Autobiography of a Quilt #4-In The Name of The Parents

Weezie, Are you mashugana, saving all of those little pieces of our clothing? I could understand the National Record Mart sweater logo, I wouldn’t have given that away either, but the others? A golf hankie, a piece of your mother’s silk blouse, the crème suit we bought for her to wear to her 75th birthdayContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #4-In The Name of The Parents”

Autobiography of a Quilt #3- The Love Nest

Fate brought us together by the stage door of the Broadhurst Theater after his performance in “Once Upon A Mattress”. He left that first night saying he had to catch the train. It was the Long Island Railroad that took him to a little apartment above the 24 hours Dunkin Donuts in Port Washington. HeContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #3- The Love Nest”

Autobiography of a Quilt #2

I lived in Point Breeze from 1978 to 2001 and while I was there, my favorite place for clothing was Pittsburgh’s Best-Kept Secret, Panache. Even to this day, probably 25% or even more of my closet is from my Panache shopping days and I haven’t been there much since I moved to the SouthSide. SuzanneContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #2”

Autobiography of a Quilt #1

Dear MaryAnn, How sweet of you to send me your stash of batiks. There is enough here to make a great quilt. I will save them until something calls me. I recently made a quilt of important personal materials and one of the fabrics I included was the remnants of the batik I used toContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #1”

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”