Sunday, December 4, 2011

Happy Birthday

This is a postcard I made to celebrate a 10th birthday.


It is made from an assortment of fabric and lace, stitched and fused to double-sided thick fusible interfacing (Peltex). The message and address portion of the card is card stock. The card measures 4"x6" finished and was hand-stamped and mailed at the post office for 44 cents.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Prayer Flag - Changing it Up


We all get stuck in ruts. And I feel my earlier prayer flags have not truly reflected my personality. So here go turning over my leaf. This little series symbolizes new horizons, new possibilities, and changing it up!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bragging Rights

My son James plays the guitar. This is a link to a video he posted for his college application.
Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAsTHJqTulk

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Prayer Flag - Hope

I made another Prayer Flag today.
This one symbolizes a prayer for Hope....of acceptance, recovery and cure. Share your thoughts and prayers with those in need.

If you would like to join the Prayer Flag Project
please follow this link (http://prayerflagproject.blogspot.com)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Prayer Flag - Peace

A few weeks ago I met Vivika DeNegre on the Madison Green during an arts festival. She inspired me to join the Prayer Flag Project (http://prayerflagproject.blogspot.com) and today I completed my first Prayer Flag.

My prayer is for peace in the world and in smaller communities of friends and family. Peace among people is a great gift and one we can share with each other.

This small quilt is made from recycled linen scraps with embellishments of embroidery, lace, buttons and beads. The dove is made from batik fabric. The lace, beads and buttons hand-stitched. The dove and olive branch are fused and then top-stitched by hand with thread.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pearls in the Rough

Fantastic SAQA meeting yesterday at Sew Inspired (www.sewinspired.com) in Simsbury. Kendall gave a neat demonstration using fusible and newspaper to create a word film on gauze-lke nylon and we enjoyed having Martha Sielman, executive director of SAQA (www.saqa.com) with us.

And, after declaring my love for scraps, Kendall and Diedre loaded 4 big boxes into my car...linen, wool, silk and cotton!
The goodies I found upon opening the boxes! 

Partial organization or at least stacked with that idea in mind
I can't wait to start using these. Just think precut, fused edges, texture galore! Some of the linen pieces remind my of old flags....so I will start my first prayer flag today.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ArtFest and Vivika

We had a beautiful weekend for the Killingworth Arts Festival on the Madison green last Saturday and Sunday. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to chat, visit and purchase my fiber offerings. 
I met some old friends and made some new ones including Vivika DeNegre, (http://vdenegrequilts.blogspot.com)an art quilter from the CT shoreline who makes amazing bird and nest quilts. Check out her blog when you have a moment. 

This is a Quilt!



Last spring I submitted a small art quilt to a traveling show, This is a Quilt, sponsored by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) www.saqa.com. Today I learned that it was selected as one of 50, from the 268 submissions, to be part of the permanent collection at the Michigan State University Museum
But wouldn't you know, I forgot to photograph it before I sent it in! However, here I am (on the right) with my friend Joanne (left) when I was beginning to work on it. Yes, I am piecing on a Featherweight. I love that machine.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Arts Festival in Madison

Felted wool hat with needle-felted embellishments
Mary Lachman 2010
It looks like a great weekend for the annual Columbus Day weekend art festival sponsored by the Killingworth Arts Center. This year it will be on the Madison, CT town green. Hope to see you there! For additional information click on this link: http://www.artscenterkillingworth.com/

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blogger aNew

I am teaching myself the ins and outs of Blogger. Some details are trickier for me than WordPress, but I am learning. Today I added the slide show!