This is layers, two fused together pieces of a pink shirt collar, and
one very transparent impossibly thin layer of grid lines - drawn or stitched,
sitting on the top. A shirt collar by its nature is not straight and
narrow, it is meant to cover a round neck, so in making this I intended
to move against the nature of a collar. The lines happened where they
wanted to, the objects creating their own interactive layer. The hanger
is a wire from a woman's underwire bra, an appropriate companion to the
flexibility of the rest of the piece.
From Earth's Center to Space's Outer Limits
Mankind's curiosity extends from exploring the core of the earth all
the way to the further reaches of outer space.
Christ in you - hope of glory
This is a liturgical stole which theme is from Colossians 1:27. If I
had one thing ever to say about Godís gift of grace this would be it.
God and we flourish from mutal life in fellowship. And this is what it
Bloom where you are planted
The quilt is made from fabric fragments left from a coat project. The
slanted strips give the piece a feeling of uneasiness that I wished to
convey. The quilt is stitched with metallic thread using the machine
hand quilt stitch.
Up in smoke
Lottery tickets are burning as dreams of easy money go up in smoke.
As soon as the idea for the Straight (not for me) and Narrow challenge
surfaced, the image of the running brook sprang into mind, with the water
rushing and burbling over and around the rocks in the stream with its
undulating edges. As the quilt developed, I decided to add the overhanging
branches, just like the run-off streams near my new home in Maine, looking
much like early summer.
Did He Really Say That?
This quilt represents the sin of stupidity, as reflected in the stupid
things people say. I believe people can choose to be stupid, and this
quilt includes some spectacular statements from politicians and others
(it is just a coincidence that they are all men, really!).
Beond Dick and Jane
When planning a piece for this challenge, my mind went immediately to
a bookcase full of my granddaughter's favorite books. Kristen has always
been an avid reader and at age 17 is headed for a career in literature.
She doesn't know "Dick and Jane" and that's probably not a bad thing!
As I'm drawn the the Irish Insular artwork, I tried faithfully to illuminate
my own initials S L H. Hope you enjoy it. There are passages from several
documents. The first is the Irish Republic speech given the morning of
1916 shortly before the rising. Then I moved chronologically to the Dec.
of Independance; the Constituion; The inagaural speech by JFK; Martin
Luther King's speech "I Have a Dream". All to illustrate how we humans
try ever so hard to do the right thing, walk the right path, stay on
the "straight and narrow". Through the power of the written word, these
desires become so real, so palpable. We are capable of such great things;
such nobility, yet it seems that given we are humans after all, we seem
to start the slow decent into the whirlpool of negativism. We inevitably
slaughter our visionaries or martyr them to their cause. A wise woman
once said: "Sometimes it's easier to die for your cause, than to live
for it. "
I Never Did Like to Color Inside the Straight and Narrow Line
This challenge appealed to me in concept as well as form. It invited
me to play. What more could I ask for?
'Symbology' is a modern rendering of ancient runes and hieroglyphs; a
communication full of mystery that strains to relate something important,
the meaning of which remains just out of reach.
The quilt is a depiction of a quetzal in the cloudforest in Guatemala.
The title is inspired by the fact that the plumes of the quetzal were
more precious than either gold or jade to the Aztecs. Montezuma, on hearing
of the arrrival of Cortez, sent ambassadors to the Spaniards bearing
headdresses of quetzals set in gold. The Spanish considered the plumes
worthless, and melted down the gifts to recover the gold, burning the
plumes in the process. Today the bird is the national symbol of Guatemala,
and is believed to be so committed to freedom that it cannot live in
I had been planning a foxglove quilt when the idea of the straight and
narrow challenge came up on QuiltArt. It suddenly occurred to me that
such a tall, narrow plant would work perfectly in this format and would,
in fact, really emphasize the form of the plant. It was also an exercise
in using the color pink, which I have an unreasonable dislike of, so
it represents my own escape from narrow thinking!
It's Easy to Slip Off the Path of the Straight and Narrow When You're
Wearing Spiked Heels and a Push-Up Bra
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