I attended a lecture at AQS “A look at History through the Eye of a Needle” by Zena Thorpe. I am not including pictures of her quilts (she had several there) because AQS policy is that pictures not be posted on blogs. The quilts are pictured on her website (see link below)
Here is her lecture description:
An expression of women’s lives through their quilts.
I have become interested in the way women over many centuries have told their stories and documented their lives with their needlework.
Their quilts tell us much about the lives of women of past eras and are often records of major historical events and shifts.
My lecture explores this theme covering the history and development of quilting and also my own development in the art, illustrated by many of my prizewinning quilts.
No slides – just quilts, quilts, quilts!
She makes the most amazing, hand quilted and appliqued quilts I have ever seen!! Check out her web site here www.zenasquilts.com . The pictures don’t begin to do justice to her amazing work, but what an inspiration! Be sure to check out her web site!! amazing!!!
I don’t know that I will ever make a quilt like one of hers…each quilter has his/her own style, but I am inspired by her work and will use that inspiration to improve my own quilting.
She mentioned that she uses wool batting on almost all of her quilts! I knew I was on the right track with my wool batting purchase!!
She also said that she usually takes about 9 nine months to do the applique and 9 months to do the quilting….perhaps I need to re-think my goal of finishing 12 quilts per year?
One other thing I noticed at the lecture, I was the only rooster in the hen house.