Life on the creative side

Posts tagged “quilts

A Wedding Quilt

wedding quilt

wedding quilt block by kathyNow that the wedding has come and gone and all the surprises have been sprung, I can finally share with you the details of the beautiful wedding quilt the women of our family along with some special kindred spirits created for the new bride and her husband.the quilters of cindy and benny's wedding quilt

Upon hearing the news of my daughter’s engagement to her sweet Benny, the  planning began. Planning of course for the wedding itself but more immediately for the wedding quilt that has become a tradition among the women of my family.  So on a  clear day near the end of summer, 2010 a group of women gathered at Blue Antler Studio in celebration and support of one of their own.

I had already collected all the supplies we would need to express our joy for Cindy and Benny, and for the blessings of love itself, in the thworking on quilt blocksreads and stitches of a handcrafted quilt. The supplies  included, pins, needles, scissors and thimbles, thread in various colors, fusible webbing, iron on photo-transfergathering for piecing the wedding quilt sheets, fabric markers, quilt pattern books and of course a variety of fabric.

As is tradition we also sent material to the woman of our clan and any kindred spirits wishing to participate, young and old, who lived too far from the ridge to attend the gathering.  It was exciting each time the scraps of fabric would return as a completed block.  The diversity in creative styles were  uniquely expressed in both design and technique.  Some stitched their message in embroidery thread or applique, some seamed it in contemporary style while others in a traditional pattern and some, such as Lisa and lisa and karen quilt blockour friend Karen used imagery to express their vision. Using a photo of Cindy, taken in NYC on the day wecabin quilt block by kathy helped her find her wedding dress, (see previous blog – Wedding Update: The Dress, 2011/02/17 ) they imprinted the image onto a block as a photo transfer. Each creation was as lovely as the next and all unified by theme and fabric.

denice quilt blockangie  quilt blockedna block

Only a few months later, with crisp autumn sunlight streaming through the windows, we gathered again, this time for a quilting. With the blocks all pieced into a beautiful top and layered together grandpa and grandma working on the wedding qultwith batting and a backing, we took our seats working on the wedding qultaround the old frame. Under the watchful eye and gentle tutelage of my mom, a skilled quilter of over sixty years, the first of many stitches was made. Even my dad  stopped by to commit his support and his hands to the tradition by takiing a seat alongside the women; loving teasing his wife of nearly sixty five years with every clumsy stitch. But his visit was short as mom soon grew tired of his humor and shooed him away; which was surely his plan all along.

Laughter punctuated the scene as we reminisced about our children, now all grown up,  our own time as young siblings  and about the sweetness of young love, all the while stitching together the layers of fabric and of our family.  As hands, as wide ranging in skill and experience as in age toiled together, our expression of  love and tradition  became a lovely wedding  quilt.

wedding quilt for cindy and benny

(more…)


Crafts of Blue Antler Studio and Rocky Round

I am often asked if the rest of my family is also artistic and while no one else has pursued the academics of art or a profession in the field, they are indeed a creative bunch.  Fortunately for me I come from, and grew up surrounded by, people that interject creativity into daily life.  Our beds are covered with intricate handmade quilts, our cupboards filled with golden jars of homegrown sorghum and maple syrup and our homes decorated with all manner of handmade folk art, all inspired by the need to create.

This desire, however, is not unique to me, to my family, my community or my generation. It is a desire spanning the entire experience of humanity, from ancient paintings found on cave walls in France to the mixed media of found objects hanging in my daughters Brooklyn apartment.  Creativity defines the human spirit.

k (more…)


%d bloggers like this: