Yes...there is never enough time to get everything done--retirement can be as busy as working full time. My grandmother taught me to sew in the early 50's...mostly straight seams and darts and hand sewing. Sixty years later, I used my creativity to start making art quilt classes. Today I am happy to be spending my retirement years active physically and mentally.
The movement for the right for women to vote began before the Civil War. When the Constitution was adopted only property owners could vote and women couldn’t own property. Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony organized women to change. They joined with abolitionists like Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass. When the Civil War was over, black men gained the right to vote and women suffragists went away. By the late 1800’s new activists had taken up the cause among them my great, great aunt Belva Lockwood. Belva was one of the first women to practice
law in Washington DC and was the first woman to argue in front of the Supreme Court (and I wonder why I’m so bossy). She even ran for President in 1884 and 1888 on the National Equal Rights Party and was the first woman whose name appeared on an official ballot.
Skip to the beginning of the 20th century. As many western states were admitted to the union State Constitutions gave women the right to vote. Women marched on Washington DC and around the country for an amendment to the federal Constitution. It took another 20 years as the 19th Amendment was ratified by 36 of the 48 states by 1920.
My grandmother, Ruth Lockwood, was 24 when she voted in that first election in 1920. It had taken 7 decades of political lobbing, unrest and arrests before women citizens could vote. Don’t take your right for granted! Our predecessors worked hard and long for that right to VOTE!
During Covid with a broken right wrist I took another on-line Photoshop Elements class and learned how to use my new Brother Luminaire embroidery/quilting machine. Both classes were invaluable. I hope I am able to compose my next couple of quilts in photoshop on my computer.
Meanwhile, I finished a OBW panel quilt from a panel named Gray Stallion from Focus on Fabric. Nancy Fuller makes the most beautiful panels from photographs and layers them in photoshop to make incredible panels. She uses a commercial grade digital process on high quality quilting cotton for a soft, brilliant color with exceptional clarity. This Gray Stallion jumps right out of the quilt. The hexagons are 3”.
As a challenge I took this photo in 2010 in Uganda while on mission of these 3 little girls and boy in their ragged worn clothes walking away. They were so cute and you can tell how important friends are. I photoshopped a map of Uganda over the children and printed the picture on fabric. Using my new machine I inserted some quilting designs over their clothes and in the background. I framed it with a batik I purchased in the fabric mart in Uganda. It’s far better than I could ever had done free motion.
In February 2020 our guild invited Andrea Brokenshire to teach her painting botanicals on silk. What a treat! The lecture and classes were wonderful. I have admired her work for years and her teaching and organizational skills were thorough and precise. I plan on painting more of my art quilts. Check out her work.
Quite often I wake up in the middle of the night thinking quilts! I just don’t know why… Maybe it’s part of my ADD. About 5 years ago I decided to make a family tree quilt since I have my ancestry back to the 1600s when my ancestors came from England.
In Photoshop elements I made the tree background and had the fabric printed at Spoonflower. I put a timeline of history down the middle of the tree which is impossible to see (some thing I would change if I ever did one again). I scanned the different leaf shapes in my scanner/computer and typed family names on the different shapes. On the left side is my dad‘s family and on the right my moms. After Quilting the background, I attached the leaves with gold thread and viola, my family tree quilt was done. It was a labor of love that took approximately three months to make.
Who would have thought our world would be in such a dilemma?. Sharing ideas and our quilts has been the mainstay of many of us who love the creative spirit. Now we get the opportunity to share them through blogs and Facebook groups in the comfort of our own homes. While most of us now have the time to stay home, three weeks ago while taking my dog for a walk I fell and broke my right wrist in 2 places. For a woman my age that can be quite a handicap. I’m unable to use my hand and wrist and because of a cast, I’m learning to do many things with my left hand. My frustration level is high!
Just before the virus hit, my granddaughter from Washington state came to visit. At 11 she’s quite a creative soul and her parents encourage that quality. For years she has taken sewing lessons and is very meticulous. After six days she made a beautiful pillow as well as a small wall quilt. Grandma is very proud as her wall quilt, created totally by her, is absolutely stunning. After she returned to Washington, her mother bought her an iPad Pro downloaded some apps and she is now creating a book to publish and making quilts as the illustrations. I’ve attached a copy of her picture as well as the story she composed about her quilt.
So… All is not totally lost. In fact I might even keep track of the events in the next few weeks, something I have wanted to do forever in the form of a diary on this blog. Let’s see if I can figure out how to publish it now.￼