October Reveal 2.0
by Stephanie Bennett-Strauss
This quilt was inspired by Stephanie's favorite Bernini piece, "Daphne and Apollo," a life-sized sculpture depicting Daphne turning into a tree in the very moment that Apollo, her unwanted suitor, was about to force himself upon her. Bernini's skill is such that she appears fearful and horrified, and he appears determinedly lustful. Stephanie was so moved by the statue that she researched the mythology, hoping that what may have initially appeared as tragic was ultimately happy, that Daphne did not regret her choice.
When visiting the Villa Borghese in Rome 2001, Stephanie saw the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who, to her, easily eclipsed in beauty and passion the works of more well-known sculptors. Every one of the sculptures was astounding beyond description, but her favorite Bernini work was "Daphne and Apollo." After doing her research, she begin to work on the challenge piece, with an attitude of homage to Bernini. Stephanie enjoyed this work and she hopes it shows. For clarification, curiosity and completeness, what follows is her slightly abbreviated version of the myth of Daphne and Apollo.
Daphne was a river nymph, sometimes called a river naiad. Her father was a river god. After rejecting several suitors her father had presented to her, she begged him to understand that she didn't want to be married at all. She did not want to be a domestic goddess or anyone's fair maiden; rather she wanted the freedom to be in nature as her father was. Her father loved her, so he reluctantly agreed. Meanwhile, in another part of the mythological realm, Apollo and Eros (sometimes called Cupid) were comparing their expertise. Apollo was the god of the sun and medicine and was a great warrior with a fine bow and arrow. He was making fun of Eros because of the puny little bow and arrow he wielded. Eros felt stung and venegeful, so he decided he would teach Apollo a lesson. He took two of his arrows, dipped the tip of one in pure gold and the other in molten lead. He then shot Apollo with the gold-tipped arrow and he chose Daphne for the lead-tipped arrow. Instantly, Apollo felt smitten with Daphne who had pledged herself to solitude. After having been hit with Cupid's leaded arrow, Daphne was especially hostile towards Apollo. Apollo chased Daphne relentlessly, and just as he reached out to grasp her body, Daphne called upon her father, the river god, to remember his promise and save her. It is said that her father turned her into a tree in the very spot where she stood, and where she stands to this day, for trees live very long lives.
In this quilt, Stephanie used cotton and cotton/poly fabrics, thin 80/20 batting, cotton and cotton/poly threads, Wonder Under fusible, decorative cording, nylon and rayon tassels and fringe, plastic beads, and a segment of dry vine from her garden.
|"Steampunk Gears and Engine"
by Maria Brower
26 1/2" x 19 1/4"
Many of Maria's relatives, including two grandfathers and three great-grandfathers, were train engineers and/or worked for the railroad in the 1800 and 1900's. Maria has a large collection of train books and has visited the areas were they lived as well as the train stations where they worked. She used her Sizzix Vintaj BigKick cutting machine to cut the gears from a die from the Tim Holz collection. In creating this quilt, Maria learned that it is better to quilt a piece before adding the appliqués. She used the #4 stitch on her Bernini and it gave the piece a great rippled effect which worked well with the wavy print on the front. Maria used cotton fabric -- the background fabric was from the Krazy Kats and Mary Lou collection by Mary Lou Weidman for Benartex. She also used ARC polyester embroidery thread. The black and white cotton fabric came from Ben Franklin's.
The Annual Feast
|Our annual potluck is never lacking for wonderful foods, good friends, and a festive atmosphere.
Our annual holiday bash always ends with a gift exchange accompanied by a reading of the quilter's version of The Night Before Christmas. Merry Christmas one and all!
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Ardy Tobin brought her house quilt in for a reprise as not everyone had a chance to see the finished quilt.
This is Trish Morris-Plise's most recent quilt, the result of classes she took with Rosalie Dace. This piece, as yet unnamed, may end up as "The Cosmic Travel Trailer." Trish was just playing with leftovers and added the five red circles to serve as a focal point.
Also by Trish, this quilt is a smaller, more hangeable version of her large dress quilt, "Same Stuff, Different Times."
Jan Reed found this ad online for a copy of her quilt that is being sold without her permission. She warns us all that our art can be hijacked and used by unscrupulous individuals. Artists, beware!
Julie Broughan brought in this cunning needle case done with goldwork embroidery.
Kate Grant is offering a basket making class teaching pine needle baskets. She dubs her technique "giving birth to a basket."
Jan Reed's quilt, "Saving Paradise," was selected by Ricky Tim's for a Judge's Choice award at the 2019 International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas. Not only was this a great honor for Jan, but Ricky's explanation of why he chose this quilt was a wonderful tribute to Jan's artistry and a moving statement that touched us all.