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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A side Trip to NYC

I'll have more on my trip in a different post - for this post, I wanted to share something I learned on a short trip to NYC last week.  

I met Erin Wilson.  Was I aware of her before this, no.  But I am now.  

Erin is a textile artist based in Brooklyn. 
She hand dyes her fabric.  
She was open,  sharing, and humble when I met her at The Art Quilt Gallery in New York, where some of her quilts were on displaydisplay.  

She answered all of our questions in detail, explained her process, and was also curious about our methods.  
(all photos of Erin's quilts are posted with her permission)

Erin Wilson: Storyboard #20 30"x 24"
I can not even begin to tell you how inspired I was by Erin's work.

This is how big one of her squares are:


Each one was that small! I was / still am blown away.  These are NOT paper pieced or fused, she free sews all of them.  

Erin Wilson:  Shape Study 15

I don't often see something so new to me that it catches my breath and makes me want to see where my quilting and patchwork can take me, this exhibit did this.  

This was a whole other level of art work made with fabric.  Fabric and colors that I love and work with almost daily.  This exhibit and speaking to Erin truly made me happy to be in the world of quilters.  
Erin Wilson:  Landscape Squares


My thumb for scale.

This is what I took away from seeing her quilts:
The minimalism of her squares
The tiny tiny sashings
The seemingly effortless way the colors came together (I'm sure that was not effortless)
How two people will see a block in two different ways
Erin's willingness to share 
Her binding 
And a head full of motivation and inspiration


Erin's quilts are currently on display at The Art Quilt Gallery in New York


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christmas Hearth Runner

I am so excited to finally share this project with you!

In the new Christmas issue of Fat Quarterly  my contribution 
 the Quilted Hearth Runner to cover your brick hearth during the holidays



I would put decorations on my brick hearth, but I've always wanted a quilted cover for it. 


The finished size of my Hearth Cover is 20 1/2" x 82 1/2"  
this allowed some overhang in the front.  You can adjust the size to fit your own hearth.

This also will work as a bed scarf at the end of your bed!

You can find the pattern directions as well as many other Christmas projects in Issue 19 Christmas 2014 of Fat Quarterly 


I hope you enjoy!
I would love to see any projects you make with my pattern, you can tag me on Instagram (@fairlymerry)
or (and)
 add your project to my Facebook Page (like my page for updates on my projects) 
or (and)
add your project to the Fat Quarterly Flickr Group


Keep Calm and Quilt On!
Mary