Saturday, August 29, 2015

Preparations Underway for Suffield Days Exhibit

A new exhibit of the Connectictut Fiber Arts Collective is coming!

Phelps-Hatheway House and Barn 
55 South Main Street
Suffield, Connecticut
September 12-13, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days

Come see our textile and fiber artworks. Bring your questions and comments.
We love feedback.

We plan to fill this gorgeous barn with more than 60 quilts!

The historic house will be open for tours!
The perennial gardens will still be blooming!

 Come out and meet the amazing group of women artists that inspire and encourage me. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.

In addition you can enter to win a handmade quilt (created by me) that will be raffled off that weekend!

And here is the link to a GREAT recipe for a kale salad that Christina made for us today!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Kaleidoscopes and Hexagons

I really cannot get enough of hexagons and kaleidoscopes. 
This is the piece I am currently working on. 
It uses my hand-dyed indigo cotton with additional aqua to dark blue tones of hand-dyed fabric from Carol R. Eaton Designs
Do you have an idea for its title? If so leave me a comment. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Quilt Donation to Benefit the Phelps-Hatheway House

"September Harvest" is a 72"x72" quilt that I am donating to the Phelps-Hatheway House in Suffield, Connecticut for a raffle during Suffield Days on September 12-13, 2015!

More details later on how to buy your ticket.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sacred Threads Tale

Last night I learned that my piece "Mermaid's Tale" had been accepted into the national juried art show Sacred Threads.

Mermaid's Tale, 19"x19"
Fabric collage using hand-dyed fabrics, batiks and commercial cottons
Free-motion machine quilted
Copyright 2015 - Mary Lachman

Sacred Threads is a show celebrating spiritual journeys from grief to elation, heartache to friendship, and tragedy to passion. My artwork and that of many others from right here in Connecticut will be on display at eht Floris United Medthodist Church in Herndon, VA from July 10 - July 26, 2015. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A 9-Patch Variation Quilt

I simply love piecing fabric together on my machine! But what I enjoy even more is pressing the finished squares with the iron. The first is so meditative for me. I can really go to my place of calm. The second is somewhat calming but oh so satisfying to see those little stitches transform a pressed fabric.

I embrace many styles of quilting from free-form piecing to appliqué, but I continue to enjoy the now traditional process of rotary cutting (with some precision) and piecing with matched seams (fairly matched...don't look too closely).

Patterns don't scare me. In fact I have never met a pattern I didn't like and want to incorporate!  Here is an example of a scrappy 9-patch variation top I completed this week. I will show you the basic block transformation later this week.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Be Creative. Be Happy. Make Art.

Some of my friends have asked me when do I have time to make quilts? 

They know I have a full-time job, spouse, two sons, and a dog. The boys are out of our house, but of course not out of our lives or our minds, but it does free you up once your children are no longer in grade-middle-high school.  My spouse is a wonderful cook and retired and that helps immensely. The dog only wants to be loved...don't we all?

I make time for art each day. I may not be working on a quilt, but I might be knitting, spinning, painting, or dyeing fabric. If you put your mind to it you can make it happen.  Sometimes all I do is knit a few rows on my latest project after dinner while watching television (currently I am working on a bronze wrap/shawl...ripped out only once so far).
On the floor tonight. It really looks better if your squint!

Make time for what is important to you. Try it. 
Even 5 minutes will help you feel good about your art. It is sort of like investing in your savings account---$5 once a week for 52 weeks is $260.00.  And that is $250 that you didn't have before you started your new routine!

With that idea in mind...
why not make one block each day;
or,  cut the fabric for one block one day and then sew it together the following day!

As a creative person you must create art. You have no choice if you want to be happy. 

Be creative. Be happy. Make art.