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Arts & Culture > The Fabric Artist

The Fabric Artist

Being a docent at the Governor's mansion is always interesting and you meet some great people who are interested in history and antiques. Yesterday was no exception. The most memorable couple was from North Dakota. The wife was in a wheel chair and as we visited,she told me that she was a fabric artist. She had her kindle with her and many samples of her work were on it. She said that when she had lost the use of her legs, she had to reinvent herself to keep from being depressed. Thus came the quilting and the art. Her story quilt was the most interesting. She used a special fabric paint and put pictures of her grandchildren on it, a picture of her childhood home, the barn and all the animals. She was truly an artist and the pictures she painted were very realistic and very good. She also made modern quilts like the ones of trees in a forest and all the old traditional patterns like the flower garden and the wedding ring patterns. I was especially interested because I grew up with a quilting frame at my grandmother's house all winter. Everytime you visited her all of the women and girls quilted while they talked. This was the classic example of the old saw, "If life gives you lemons, then make lemonaide."

posted on May 16, 2019 5:57 AM ()


Hey, sounds fun! Imma crash your yard sale today!
comment by jerms on May 17, 2019 7:09 AM ()
I got busy and couldn't get free. I'm sorry I missed it. I'm sure it's off today because of the torrential rains! True, it's a lot of work!
reply by jerms on May 18, 2019 10:16 AM ()
I didn't see you there and I was there from eight to five! As per usual not worth the effort involved. Donating is better.
reply by elderjane on May 18, 2019 12:34 AM ()
The quilts sound great. We have to attach a camera to you, like the cops. We'll have live streaming.
comment by drmaus on May 16, 2019 11:18 AM ()
Especially today while we hold a garage sale and drink margueritas to
make it manageable.
reply by elderjane on May 17, 2019 4:48 AM ()
Good for her. I am glad you have had a good day.
My brain is going down a rabbit hole..
comment by kristilyn3 on May 16, 2019 6:01 AM ()
Your brain is not going down a rabbit hole but if it is please say hello
to Alice and the dormouse. love you!!
reply by elderjane on May 17, 2019 4:49 AM ()

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