Monday, February 28, 2011

Altar Cloth

     On Sunday, February 27,  St. Peter Claver celebrated Black History Month and the onset of Women's History Month with a presentation by Brother Michael McGrath on the life and times of Sister Thea Bowman.  Through his art, Bro. Mickey, as he refers to himself, created a series of paintings which represented key events from her life.   Bro. Mickey is a well known artists,  whose sacred paintings are spiritual  meditations and teaching stories in themselves.
Brother Mickey

Sister Thea Bowman
 In his presentation, he spoke of being inspired by a film of Sister Thea Bowman's life at a point of deep grief in his own life. Shortly afterwards, he created a series of nine paintings representing her life.  His book This Little Light   is a result of this work and appreciation of Sister Thea Bowman, who is  now being considered for sainthood.   My altar covering  is a representation of the painting of Sister Thea that appears on the cover of his book of her life.

May your joy increase
May your love and work be blessed
 May you be happy.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New project beginnings

Colors?    Fabrics?    Patterns?  Textures?   Values?   

Why is it that every time is the first time again?

May your new beginnings be blessed.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ms. Ida's Boys and Girls

Made by Ms. Ida Murphy of  Thoomas, WV

      This quilt was appliqued by Ms. Ida.   I love it.   It is tied.  I love the girls and boys representing a period of time before African Americans were free.  Still here is a quilt of beauty depicting an ugly time .  This is what I love about my people who have consistently in the face of the inhuman and unloving, created of it a thing of beauty and dignity and love.  
      Ms. Ida, the mother of my friend, Ilene Evans, is in her 80s, recently quilted the civil war quilt that is being raffled off  by Ilene's organization, Voices of the Earth.  She amazes me.

May you be inspired!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The fabric portrait I made.
Close up of portrait

Ken and Elaine Blue

Carolyn, Dolores Elinore and Victoria (selection readers)

ON SUNDAY, February 6, the Huntington Museum presented "THE PRESENTATION" of  Elaine Blue's art  at the gallery.    There was a full auditorium of people and a short program  of readings from selected plays she wrote and from her books of poetry.   Afterwards, there was the exhibit ( which I should have taken some pictures of) and a reception.   It was a wonderful tribute to a very talented lady.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Free Motion quilting

I've decided to practice everyday freemotion quilting until I am able to control my movement more.  I'm having trouble with the HQ machine.   The thread keeps breaking.   Don't know what the problem is, but I keep working with it.

May you learn lots of new things.


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