Sunday, December 16, 2018

The JOY Composite!

With just 7 quilts, you might think the composite would just fall together. I did, but then it didn’t. I had the 7 images on the page in what I thought was a neat “joyful” expression.
(Alice, I think that sentence works.)

 Nedra and Alice were in the bottom row around Andrea, the 3 Joys were in the middle row, and Kathy and Andrea were on the top row. But somehow, that just didn’t work.  I leaned back in my chair and had two thoughts. Judy’s reversed “Joy” needed a space. Nedra and Alice needed to be shown together, as did the two dogs. My next step was to start moving images, and now I hope you see a better result:

Row one:  The quilts with people are now together 
and those personalities will melt your heart.

Row two:  Gives me a grin, joy first and last, then they fold back into the heart, as they should. What better way to say, as we approach the Thanksgiving/Christmas seasons, Joy to ALL!
Row three:   It always amazes me the joy pets bring to people. Just look at the expression Tricia and Carolyn have captured on the faces of the dogs, signifying the joy people bring to pets. Andrea, I agree, no matter which way you turn, there is joy. And, simplicity often tells the story the best.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Great job all.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Judy Steward and her One Woman Show!

Judy has had a one-woman show of her quilts for the last few weeks and has several more weeks to go.  A friend of mine and I went to see them today.  We were delighted that Judy was there to walk with us through the gallery.  I had seen the majority of them, either at her home or studio, and of course, I'd seen all the MM quilts.  But I was amazed at how many were NOT familiar to me!  Judy is one prolific fiber artist!

In the photo at the top, Judy is standing in front of the quilt she calls the Flag Quilt.  It is made up of hundreds and hundreds of tiny 2 1/2" squares that she acquired years ago in an exchange with other local quilters.  This quilt was a long time in process, but the final result is stunning!

In the second photo, Judy stands in front of all of her MM quilts, plus a few additional ones.  This is a double row of the little quilts, hung in the middle of this big room, and this is such an effective way to display these quilts!  I asked her to stand so that you could see the quilt that's just above her right shoulder.  This isn't an MM quilt, but it's one that ought to be, if it had fit any of our themes!  Actually there are two other little quilts in this display that aren't MM quilts, but I couldn't get all three of them into this picture.  The boot quilt at the far right is one of them, but the other didn't make the photo shoot!

I know that all you Mavens are as proud of Judy as I am.  This is quite an honor, for this gallery to feature her work.  Congratulations, dear friend and fellow Material Maven!

I just realized that I have now known Judy for over 20 years!