Autumn for me is marked by time with Penny Sisto...a retreat, a revitalization, a re-centering in the art making as healing, yes. The day was shared with Barbara, a watercolorist and dollmaker, and Gloria, a hand quilter and appliquer.
This time it was all about the long arm. My first real chunk of time using one other than a five minute demo years ago at a quilt show. Penny was aware of the Crowbonics series, thus she had us select from a variety of Crows she loosely had sketched in order for us to use to construct our birds in cloth. I selected these Crows because they appeared to be praying to me and my next Crowbonics quilt is called The Hymnal.
The Crows are fabric snippets which have been placed on wonder under, cut out, then sewed on a background using the long arm. I don't know if a long arm is in my future but I'm now more motivated to use one to complete at least one quilt.
We were all witnesses to the corruption of Gloria...who prior to this day, was a NO-RAW edges appliquer and hand quilter.
Penny currently has a joint show with Ann Lawson Adamek at the Huff Gallery at Spalding University. Penny described her work in this show as the most biographical series she has ever completed. The quilts center on the the myths and legends that abounded on the Orkney Islands where she was born.