Thursday, 20 November 2014

What Marilyn might have looked like if She had Reached 80 Years of Age

I made this quilt in honour of my Grandmother Rose Sherman. When she turned 80 years of age the Niagara Falls Evening Review published an article about her with this photo. I had the photo screen printed onto polyester broad cloth and assembled the quilt in a fashion inspired by Andy Warhol's iconic series of Marilyn Monroe. I chose the colour of the fabric because Grandma's name was Rose.
On the private side of the quilt (the Back) I wrote a little bit of her history.
She was born Rose Arminthy Watkins on Sept.5 1888 to Julia Arminthy Rock and George Watkins. In October 1910, she married Benjamin Julius Sherman. They had nine children . My mother Helene Esther was their seventh child. They had 32 grandchildren.
I also wrote all of the things that I could remember about Grandma.
She loved to do jigsaw puzzles, she also had a sweet tooth.  She especially liked the horehound candies from a little candy shop on Queen street. My mother would get upset at having to drive all the way from Montrose Road to Queen street just to get her candies.
Grandma also like to drink beer. She kept a salt shaker handy and would sprinkle salt into her glass as she drank.
She also would very often wear more than one dress at a time. Her wool skirt would be seen below the hem of her printed silk dress.
As far as I know Grandma did not do any needlework of any kind.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Aunt Flossie's quilt

This is one of the first quilt tops that I quilted. The top was made by my mother's Aunt Flossie Watkins. I hand quilted it in Aunt Flossie's quilt frames in the dining room of our big house on Simcoe Street.  It was made from scraps of fabric from my mother's sewing basket. She used every tiny bit of fabric she could. If a piece was not big enough to make a log, she pieced one together. Thrifty! I recognise some of the fabrics from different projects around the house. I have a picture somewhere of my younger sister wearing a dress made out of the polka dot fabric.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Home from the Creative Festival

I had a great weekend. I volunteered at the Creative Festival in Toronto this weekend. I stayed with a friend and got to know a little about the transportation system. I missed a couple of connections and forgot to check out the Sunday bus schedule but it was a lot of fun. Hoping that I will be invited again. I stood at the door and greeted people as they entered the mall. Not a hard job at all and I got to see a lot of exciting garments.