Sunday, September 13, 2015

I've Moved!

The blog has MOVED!  But why you might wonder?

I changed the name of the blog to better align with my artistic passions that include not only quilts but wool felting, spinning, knitting, painting and mixed media.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Steeped in Stiches" Exhibit in Suffield this Weekend - September 12-13

My art group (The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective) and I have been busy preparing for our latest exhibit at the Phelps-Hatheway House in Suffield, Connecticut this weekend.  
The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective
Left to Right: Linda Martin, Wanda Seldon, Antonia Torres, Diane Cadrain, Christina Blais, Karen Loprete, Carol Vinick, Mary Lachman, Carol R. Eaton (behind), Rosalind Spann (behind)

I think it is odd that I grew up in Suffield, Ohio and have lived in Connecticut for 25+ years and yet only recently met folks from the Connecticut namesake. That's right, back in the 1800's there was a man named Royal Pease who left this state to head to Connecticut-owned-land in the midwest, the so-called "Connecticut Western Reserve". He settled about 60 miles south of Cleveland in Portage County and named his settlement Peasetown.  Later this town would be renamed Suffield. 
The Northeast section of Ohio was once known as the Connecticut Reserve or Western Reserve. 

Suffield, Ohio is just south of Brimfield, Ohio and yes, you guessed it---folks from Brimfield, Massachusetts settled that region. And, of course, as you might guess, that region of northeast Ohio has many other towns with names of the New England counterparts like Amherst and Hudson.

Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden
55 South Main Street
Suffield, CT
"Steeped in Stitches" 
Saturday September 12th 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, September 13th 10 am - 4 pm

Schedule includes:

  • Quilt Raffle
  • Lectures
  • Book signing Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Gift Baskets
  • Unique items for sale in the gift shop

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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.