Wednesday, April 16, 2014


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

12 Characteristics of Creative People

This is a list of 12 tendencies shared by creative individuals posted online by Kim Phillips in March 2012. I  have reprinted the list here with her permission. Please follow this link to her original post

Creative people are different because they operate a little differently. They....

  1. Are easily bored
  2. Are willing to take risks
  3. Don't like rules
  4. Ask "what if"
  5. Make lots of mistakes
  6. Collaborate
  7. Are generous
  8. Are independent
  9. Experiment
  10. Motivate themselves
  11. Work hard
  12. Aren't alone
Do you see yourself in this list? I can relate to every one, but the big ones are #1, 3, and 8.  Send me a comment and let me know which ones resonate most strongly for you.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekend Stitching and the Duncaster Show Continues

I want to finish putting the binding onto "Blue Check" a contemporary quilt of my own design inspired by Kaffe Fassett. Check back for a report on my progress.
And yes, that is my Green Machine, a vintage Sears Kenmore from the 1950's. It is my 'go to' machine. Those of you who know me from quilt retreats know it is with me when the Featherweight is not.

The exihibit of my art quilt group, The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CTFAC)  "Spring Thaw"continues at the Duncaster Retirement Center in Bloomfield through this March 28, 2014.  We were overwhelmed with the interest the group showed in us and our work. The reception included music and gallery talks by members of CTFAC.  The Duncaster Center is located at 40 Loeffler Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002.
Here Antonia Torres (right) and I walking to the exhibit area to talk with attendees about our creative process. 
Artwork by Rosalind Spann
Artwork by Karen Loprete
Irises by Carol R. Eaton 
Artwork by Christina Blais

    Here I am discussing our Grey Matter Challenge

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Woodland Inspirations - Southford Falls State Park

This year is the 100th anniversary celebration of Connecticut State Parks. 

I have set a goal for myself to to hike in as many parks as possible this year. The thing that may surprise you is how many state parks (and national forests) there are in Connecticut. To find a park near you search the website of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 

Here are some photos I took at Southford Falls State Park in Oxford this week. What a glorious time of year---the transition between winter and spring. I am inspired by the sun, clouds, and water. I love the shadows that are cast by the trees on the snow-covered forest floor. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring Thaw

As February winds continue to blow the snow and cold one cannot help but think of spring which is only a few weeks away.

To speed our transition (if only in our minds) my art quilt group (CTFAC) opens a new show titled "Spring Thaw" at the Duncaster Retirement Center in Bloomfield. Several of my pieces are shown below.

The opening reception is Sunday, March 2nd, from 4:00-5:30 p.m.  The exhibit continues at the Duncaster Center through March 28, 2014. I hope you will be able to attend.

"Window Box" by Mary Lachman, 2013- wool, threads, and vintage crochet mounted on streched canvas,

"Roses and Old Lace" by Mary Lachman, 2013 - wool, threads and vintage crochet mounted on stretched canvas

"Spring Garden" by Mary Lachman, 2013 - cotton fabric and vintage crochet mounted on stretched canvas

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Fresh off my needle is "Starburst" a 26"x26" art quilt made of cotton fabric and batting. The design was inspired when a friend and fellow quilter suffered a strange brain phenomenon causing her to lose 20 years of memories over the course of 1 week.

I will exhibit this piece in "Impromptu Fibers" at the Legislative Office building in Hartford, CT later this spring. "Impromptu Fibers" is a combined show of two art groups, The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective  and Sisters in Cloth
Check back for additional information on that exhibit.