Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Duncaster: The Denouement

I had no idea it was going to be so plush,  the reception for my current art quilt show at
the Duncaster Retirement Community of Bloomfield, CT.

Holy Moly!  It even included a musical combo, not to mention freely-flowing refreshments.

There were a good number of people there. I didn't count, but I'd say there were about 40, including lots of my quilting friends and other dear friends and neighbors.  Thanks, everybody!

I decided to explain the evolution of my art chronologically, starting with the only art form available to women of a certain class and generation:  needlework items for the home.  My grandnother, who had a sixth-grade education, was a great crocheter of tablecloths:, and she started me off by teaching me cross-stitch embroidery.

One of my grandmother's crocheted tablecloths

My grandmother taught me to use this little hand loom called a weavette, and I set out at age 13 to make an afghan

I never made these woven squares into an afghan, as I planned when I made them, but now, 50 years later, I used them as a background for Fall Picnic II, a felted impressionistic view of the picnic area at Connecticut's Penwood State Park in the fall

Eventuallly I took up knitting, and more recently, felting, and now incorporate all three into my work:

Jack O'Lantern Mushrooms: Knitting, felting,embroidery, and quilting

I enjoyed describing the evolution of my art, and the audience listened actively and asked lots of questions.

So, a good time.  Thanks, Duncaster!

And thanks to my buyers. I sold three pieces.


  1. Congratulations on the show AND the sales!

  2. What a great turn out for your lecture! Well deserved and well done!