Karen Eckmeier, was the speaker today at the Bayberry Quilt Guild meeting. She has won big awards for her work at the annual Houston Quilt show. As she talked it would seem her work is simple and easy for anyone to do -- I don't think so. When I went up at intermission to look at the pieces she had brought along they are majorly complicated. She says she just plays with fabric ad builds her tiny towns easily -- with roofs, houses an windows. Hardly "just". These are highly complex constructions, arranged with a great design sense and a wonderful eye for color. They are balanced, whimsical, extremely detailed and breath taking when one is standing close to them.
Besides her tiny towns she talked about her landscapes -- which are, indeed small quilts. They are comprehensible to me, I can see how she does them and I can see the appeal of "accidental" landscapes, not knowing at the outset just what kinds of curves and lines you are going to cut -- but first you arrive at your work table with a selection of fabrics that will work well together and you experiment for a few years to get the sense of just what kinds of curving lines will work.
Her work is fascinating and I can well understand why it was award prizes. Her talk did not at all convince me this is something I want to try.
The guild's theme for next summer's show will be "scrap quilts". Delightfully during the show and tell period at the meeting 80% of the quilts shown were scrap quilts --- not because of the theme but because that's what the women happened to make. Many were stunning. I think the next guild show will be a delight -- the more so since I like scrap quilts more than any other kind of quilts.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!