Friday, June 17, 2016

Full Moon Over Stonehenge

I made this small (12"x12") art quilt for the 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction.  It's called, "Full Moon Over Stonehenge." I used a navy-blue speckled fabric for the night sky background.  I bought some Stonehenge fabrics by Northcott that I used for the vertical sarsen stones and the horizontal lintel stone.  The moon is a piece of very thin, silver lamé fabric, which I bonded to the background with Mistyfuse.  Within the radiating quilting lines, I added some Swarovski crystals for stars. (It sold for $150.)

Full Moon Over Stonehenge  ©2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Bluebird of Happiness

I made this Bluebird of Happiness quilt in remembrance of my husband, David, who died in 1986 at the age of 44.  The pattern I used for the bluebird was taken from a coloring book drawing by Florence Sarah Winship.  The background fabric was hand-dyed by Carol R. Eaton formerly of Shelton, CT.  

The song, “The Bluebird of Happiness” made famous in 1945 by the opera tenor, Jan Peerce, had special significance for my husband because his father used to sing this song to him when he was a little boy.  Sadly, his father died in 1950 when my husband was only 8 years old.

In late 1976, when we had begun dating, I asked him what he wanted for Christmas and he asked for a copy of this song.  Well, in 1976, the Internet (as we know it today) didn’t exist - and because of that, I spent many weeks of frantic searching, lots of praying and then by a small miracle - I found a vintage record shop (over 50 miles away) in Hartford, CT  that had the exact song he wanted.  The song was in an record album that even had a picture of a bluebird on the cover! I will never forget the look on his face when he opened that Christmas present.

 "Bluebird of Happiness"  ©2016