First, I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments about my dilemma of which direction to take Black Eyed Susan's into. I am still working on that answer, but feel so much better about it now. I decided that getting out of the house a little would be the best answer. Sometimes, walking away can bring a fresh perspective.
This week, I went to the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. This Theater is a very old historic building that still hosts shows, musicians, comedians, ballets, etc. They have offered, free of charge, a classic movie series. Tickets to such wonderful old movies such as Casablanca, which is the one we just saw, The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Godfather, and E.T.. They chose one from each decade. Casablanca has always been a favorite, because I always wonder who was playing who in that movie, and it has got some humorous parts to it. We had a ball!
Today, I went to the Quilt Fest of New Jersey IV in Somerset. It will be here through Sunday. The quilts were jaw dropping gorgeous! I have a few pictures for you to look at.... This Black Eyed Susan quilt won a blue ribbon for best in show. The stitching is magnificent! Some of the quilts spoke to me because of their content and some of them spoke to me because of their color combination, and some because of the detail work that went into them... The roses in the third picture are embellished with little crystals which give the illusion of water droplets on the petals. This is a small sampling of pictures that I took today. There will be more in the days to come.
I was very surprised to see how many vendors there were at the show, and also how technology has kept up with this art form. When I was a teenager, some friends of my mothers decided to open a fabric store. Neither one of them sewed, but they knew the textile trade. Their husbands owned fabric mills in Italy. They hired me to help in the store on Saturdays and after school during the week. I was fifteen when I started there, and knew how to sew thanks to a home economics class in Jr. High School. I loved that job!! I enjoyed every bit of the combining fabrics with patterns, helping new sewers to read the back of a pattern envelope, and every other aspect of that job. I went on to college and other jobs, but this one still holds a place in my heart today. When I was living in New York, I took classes at FIT and the Crafts Students League and learned a little more about sewing, fabrics and textiles in general. When my first daughter was born, and I stopped working in New York, I took a part time job at a fabric store. It was just a little part time work to get out of the house one night a week and on the weekend. Again, I loved it. Then we moved and had two more children, and I stopped sewing. I would make the occasional Halloween costume and something or other for one of the kids, but sewing just got away from me. Going to the quilt show today may have inspired something that has been missing for a long time now. Perhaps these wonderful textile artists are helping me to see a path that had been obscured by the day to day growth of modern life. At any rate, I enjoyed the heck out of that show and will remember it for a long time. I am inspired.