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Friday, October 28, 2011

Divine Stitchers

In this last post about the Moncton Guild's Show, I'd like to share with you a few photos by a special group of ladies, known as The Divine Stitchers of the Yo-Yo Sistahood. This group has been together for 4.5 years now. They are all GMQG members, but joined together to challenge themselves creatively. And that they have!! Since the spring of 2007, they have done a number of projects together, and they shared four of them at the Show. Their first project, called "Slice" was inspired by a painting by Newfoundland artist Virginia Houston, titled "A Kings Road Morning". After receiving copyright
permission, they made a color copy of her painting and vertically divided it into 9 equal slices. They did a random draw for the slices, established some guidelines, and then each proceeded to repeat their slice in fabric. Here is the finished piece- the slices were not sewn together but are mounted on a "backing board".
Another project they obviously had a lot of fun with, was "Let Me Introduce Myself" in which they represented themselves in fabric. They were each given prechosen fabric and a random pattern shape, and were to create a self portrait incorporating 5 words to describe themselves. Left to right on the piece are: Jennifer, Betty, Margaret, Juanita, Carolyn, Shirley, Sue and Nancy. (Did you recognize them?)

In "Where the Wild Things Are"  (at right) each participant was to depict an aspect of nature while hiding a "wild thing" somewhere on their piece - some were easy to spot and some were well hidden! Some common fabrics were used, but each quilter clearly had their own creative ideas of "wild spaces"...

Their latest project (below) is titled "Four and Twenty Blackbirds". Each participant was given a fabric pack which had to be used, and a pie shaped piece for size reference. It was fun to see how the "Sistas" each interpreted the nursery rhyme. An interesting variety of techniques was used. I particularly liked the felted blackbirds and the celtic blackbird.

A group such as this one, adds much to a guild.  GMQG is lucky to have these ladies is in their midst!


"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. " ~ Norman Vincent Peale

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