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Monday, October 10, 2016

My favorite art quilt

This piece is part of me English series. It is titled Marketplace at Stonehenge. I used purchased hand dyed fabric. and hand appliqued and embroidery. I made a triptych. It hangs in my kitchen.

my Irish genealogy

My maternal genealogy
The piece has three sections, Ireland, Macclesfield, England, Holyoke, Massachusetts. My maternal ancestors all came from Ireland, especially County Mayo. I made an Irish cottage. My son spent his honeymoon in Ireland and I used some of his pictures in this part, the grill behind the old man’s photo (he’s my great great grandfather), and scenes of ruins. My great great grandfather was a tailor, and I have his shears.  The shears are the repeated image in all three sections. The family legend is that he made uniforms for the workhouses, so I included a workhouse in that panel. My great great grandfather, Michael Welch, lived to be 105, and died in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Michael Welch and his family left Ireland during the potato famine. I guess they did not have enough money to go to America, so they settled in Macclesfield, where two of the girls worked in a silk mill. They lived on Derby Street, and the street scene is from the next block over. The couple pictured are my great grandparents Mary Welch and Thomas Doyle. Their wedding registration is on the panel as well as the church they were married in (St. Alban’s). I used a picture of girls in a textile mill and an appiqued mill based on a picture that I found online.
The third panel shows the family coming to America. I found a picture of the ship they came over on, the Tarifa. I included the birth registration of my grandmother, Margaret Doyle, who was born in Macclesfield in 1863. There are several pictures of my grandparents, a photograph of a necklace that belonged to her. There is one picture showing my mother and Michael Welch as an old man. Margaret Doyle married John Eagan. They owned a tea store. The picture that I had was poor quality, so I made an embroidered one. The textile on the left came from my grandmother. It was on net, so I attached it to a piece of my old pants. There is also a fragment of an embroidery that belonged to my grandmother. The picture in the lower right hand corner is my mother at Nantasket Beach where my grandparents owned a hotel. Behind her is a photograph of Nantasket Beach taken from a postcard.
The sections are separated by Seminole patchwork. A piece of indigo dyed lace is on the bottom. I faced the piece to finish it.

The piece needs a better name.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Baby quilts

I have four grandchildren, and I have made them all baby quilts. On the quiltart web there was recently a discussion about whether baby quilts should be simple. Mine aren't--I couldn't resist making them special. My oldest grandchilren now 11, are twin girls. My daughter lived in a rented house, and requested quilts to hang on the walls. I made Rosie a sesame street quilt, and Caroline a quilt featuring my daughter's favorite books. Four both quilts I used settings based on some Japanese quilts I had seen, as I didn't want them to have rows of pictures. This design allowed me to fill in the blank spots with some jazzy material.

Since these were wall decorations, I felt they needed quilts to drag around. Rosie loved bunnies, and Caroline loved ducks. Here are their drag around quilts:

When my son had a daughter, I decided to make a quilt based on The Cow jumped over the Moon. I used the house they were living in at the time, and added their two pugs. Murphy, the black one, has  only has one eye, and Maggie has a Gene Simmons' tongue:

A few years later my son had a boy, Sean. His parents requested Eric Carle quilt. I didn't use preprinted material for Sean's quilt; I created the images myself.
I have made all four grandchildren bed quilts and Christmas quilts, using my own designs. 
Rosemary Hopkins

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016

I am still working on the beast cloth.  I am almost finished, just a few more holes to fill and, of course, quilting the piece.  I don't know what I will do for the edges. At first I thought I would turn the edges of the tablecloth over to the top, but I think I will have problems with the corners if I do.  I could always make a border using some of the cloth in the beasts.
I have used several of my granddaughters drawings in the piece.  I asked them to draw me some beasts.  You can see them below:

 I'm not very good at moving the pictures around, but you get the idea.  The first picture is a 2 headed beast drawn by 7 year ole Ellie.  The next one with 2 heads also was drawn by 11 year old Caroline.  The rest of the beasts were drawn by Caroline's twin sister, Rosie.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January 16, 2016

I'm still working on m beasts.  Three of my granddaughters sent me drawings to interpret in fabric.  Here is Ellie's, and her drawing:
This is one of Rosie's drawings

Caroline has sent me a beast but I haven't transformed hers into fabric yet.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January 14, 2016

I am still working on my beasts quilt.  I had hoped to have it finished to enter into our quilt show, but I don't think I will make the deadline. Here is an early picture of the beast cloth:

It has a lot more beasts on it now, including 2 drawn by my granddaughters.  Two corners are finished, but there is still blank space on the tablecloth that I am using for the base. Even if I don't make the show, I should get it finished early spring.  The last picture shows a drawing my my granddaughter Ellie and its recreation on cloth.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016

Yesterday we went to the neurological doctor and a further evaluation of Ron.  The doctor said he didn't think that Ron has Parkinsonism,  and wants to further evaluation him for normal pressure hydrocephalus.  Next week Ron will return to Barnes Jewish Hospital for 3 days so that they can do several more spinal taps.  These should indicate if Ron has normal pressure hydrocephalus, and if he does, they will schedule surgery to place a shunt.  So we have to wait, something we do a lot.
Today I went with Norrie and Wilma to the Ethical Society for a lecture “Politics and Problems of the World’s Water Resources” Dr. Robert Criss, MS, PhD, Department of Earth an Planetary Sciences, Washington. It was interesting, but somewhat depressing.  I guess a series that investigates world problems won't feature a lot of happy topics.
I am finishing up the entry forms for our quilt show in March.  The forms for the Art Quilt group are due tomorrow.  There are 4 challenges:
Inspiration--I did a piece celebrating my father.  I used pictures that  printed on fabric, and used reverse appliqued to  fit the pictures behind  the fabric.  I used black embroidery floss to quilt the piece. I think the group really wanted a piece on what inspires my quilting but I featured my father anyway.

Snack Pack Challenge : We had to get a container for a snack and use those colors in the piece.  I used a drawing by my granddaughter for the center.  I made the center, and passed it on to other members of my group who added to the piece.
My package held crackers and had brown, blue and green.

Whisper Challenge: Mine started with a picture from the Winterthur Museum Fairy Garden.  I used a picture of a fairy house. I passed it on, and after 5 people made interpretations, the small quilts were returned to me.

Out of the Box Challenge: Debbie donated cigar boxes to the group.  We had to give everyone one item (all the same pieces), and we had to use all the pieces in their box.  I used a mojo doll that Pat Owoc had given me as the focal point.

These were the 4 challenges that the Art Quilt group did.  I also participated in the Guild Challenge, based on a page from the National Geographic Magazine.  My page featured mountains on a blue sky,  I changed the scene to a night scene.  The mountains, or most of them, were purple. I added woods, a river, and some teepees.

I am entering 2 more art quilts, Weeds and For the Love of Outlander.  I got permission from Diana Gabaldon to use the cover design. The designs were sewed to silk and the pieces then sewn to cotton.