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.