Celebrating a City II - 2017
Three weeks before St. Patrick's Day, I received an e-mail asking me to create a quilt for Dublin's Sister City of Bray Ireland, to be delivered to the contingent from Bray at the Green and White Gala dinner, on St. Patrick's Day. I asked what they wanted the quilt to be of, and how big, and they said: Something historic, with the City's new label. After some discussion, we suggested a scene of the old Kolb Farmhouse and the logo. After a couple of days, I received word that No, the Mayor wanted it more like the quilt I had already made for the City of Dublin, with the Civic Center, the Clock Tower, and the Library, as well as the logo, and they wanted it 36" square, please.
I still don't know quite how I did it - I finished it two days before the deadline. Good thing I retired from 26 years of working for the City at the end of December 2016! So, in case you're ever in Bray, this piece is theoretically in their Museum. Happy travels!
Home, Home on the Range
This commission quilt was based on a photo by Mary Maguire of the Toiyabe Mountain Range in Nevada, USA. I painted the sky,and the golden eagle, painted the mountains with Puff Paint, then fabric paints and markers, appliqued the foothills and the desert, and made the sagebrush of fusible interfacing and Lutradur, painted, with fusible webbing on the back. The fenceposts were painted using Puff Paint and appliqued with invisible thread; the barbed wire is an altered sewing machine embroidery stitch. It is 66"w x 52"t and quilted using my home domestic sewing machine.