Matter Park and National Cemetery

We had a little bit of time to fill before the induction ceremony so we drove around and found Matter Park in Marion. This park is a treasure, so many beautiful plants and fountains and areas to sit. There is a big playground and a place to have birthday parties or a wedding. It would be worth the trip if you live close but have never been there. If the day was not as hot as it was I would have enjoyed just sitting and taking it all in. This is the fountain that greets as you walk into the area. Yes that is a violin playing frog.
Loved this big blue butterfly and there are many memorial plaques that people bought to help fund the garden. This area had coneflowers, oriental grasses, milkweed and butterflys all around.
We then drove to the Marion National Cemetery and so enjoyed the big old trees. I enjoy cemeterys and there were many interesting headstones to look at. They say what war the soldier had served in, some had a religious emblem, some also had family members on the back of the stone and when they were born and died.
This monument is in the middle of the cemetery.
A closer look at the sculptures on top, very nice.
A nice breeze for the flag to show its glory.
A newer area with no trees. We found the more recent burials 2015 and later and many people had been born in the 1920’s. I thought this picture was nice with the blue sky, white clouds and white markers.

So this concludes our three days spent in Marion Indiana. It was full and enjoyable, close enough to drive home each evening. We learned and became inspired.
I had a day in between and Tom and I made our way to Detroit for fun for three days. Those will be my next posts, lots of great pictures.

Mary McElwain Quilts

We took a class that gave insight about Mary McElwain an early quilt entreprenuer. There were quilts made from her patterns, but they were not made by her. This daisy quilt is very charming and it represents the quilt that is on the front of her shop flyer.
The quilt was in such good condition I believe that it was not this one but it was very neat!
What a sweet baby quilt from one of her patterns. She sounded like she had a very good business with 60 employees.
She also must have sold Marie Websters patterns, because this is one of my very favorite quilts. I love poppies and this is just stunning.
The same poppy pattern but made in pink but as stunning.
I really enjoyed looking at these and love hearing about the early quilters who had to do their patterns by hand. They were the pioneers.

Tony Jacobson

Tony Jacobson was teaching the class Let the Fabric do the Work. He is 54 years old now and his grandmother taught him to quilt when he was 10 years old. He takes simple designs and uses different fabrics to make it look like it took more work than it did.
Just made with strips of fabric.
These next two quilts are the same pattern with different fabrics.
I love the softness of these pinwheels.
Pinwheels made with stripes.
Tony made this quilt with a couple different fabrics also. It was a good talk with lots of good ideas.

More fun with beautiful quilts

One program we signed up for was a luncheon Mary Fons doing a Q and A which was very interesting informal.
Another moment we made sure to attend was the walk through with Fons and Porter talking about their quilts and the story behind them. Here Liz is discussing the North Carolina Lily and the Lilys are going in different directions so no one end gets worn out.
I was very taken with this feathered start, it is just all around beautiful.
I took this close up because of the leaves which were hand drawn from strips that were used in the quilt. I also liked the fussy cut little doll leave.
Also from this same quilt I enjoyed the rick rack. They said that if you do a quilt from 30’s reproductions that rick rack was invented then and used often. It looks cute on a quilt.
Lastly our picture in front of the QHOF sign under the lovely shade tree. It is a very nice place with ever changing displays of quilts.

Life has been full

July 12 through July 24 has been jam packed with activities, so many that I have to share them in small bits. The weekend of July 12th I was setting up for the Art in the Park Show in Fort Wayne at Freimann Square. It was a time where it was very warm and humid. My four fans and awning off the back and the huge building that threw off a lot of shade helped me. I met many good people that stopped by my booth and discussed my art.

The next faze of my jam packed days was preparing the guest room, buying groceries and cleaning because our cousin Margaret was coming up from Cincinnati and we were going to attend the Celebration at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion Indiana. Margaret is a quilter and I also quilt but have not picked it back up for a while. Like all quilters I have many in process, cut out, need to be quilted , need to be finished and many that just have a pile of fabric with the possibility of a quilt.

The Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration consists of three days of various classes by many quilting experts. There are one or two or three people chosen to be inducted into the QHOF who have made large contributions to the world of quilting. This year it was Liz Porter and Marianne Fons, who met at a class in Iowa in 1975 when there were not many new items out in the world of quilting. They developed quilting items that improved the speed for making a quilt using rotary cutting, acrylic templates and sewing machines. They also developed a PBS show and a magazine. They sold their business in 2006. Marianne’s daughter Mary was also there and she has taken up quilting also.

Also being inducted as a Heritage Inductee was Mary A. McElwain. She opened a shop in 1912 in the corner of her husbands jewelry and watch shop. Here is what was written about her, ” She sold knitted, crocheted, embroidered and quilted items made by herself and others, at one time employing sixty women to create the items. She also sold quality fabrics, supplies, and patterns. In her shop she offered lessons in needle arts, bed turnings, and an inviting atmosphere. In 1933, when Mr. McElwain retired, Mary’s quilt shop took over the jewelry shop. Mary had a talent for marketing. Thorough her mail order catalog business, she reached national and international clientele. In the Midwest, she addressed women’s groups, spoke to radio audiences via WLS-Chicago, and was one of the judges of the Sears and Roebuck quilt contest for the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago. She was also a wife, mother and grandmother, still finding time to make quilts for family members.”

The first class that we took was by Cynthia Regone, she is from Texas and teaches classes that the International Quilt Festival in Houston. She also has published a book, had her quilts in calendars and has been featured in other quilting books . Her class was Applique-Keeping it Real in the 21st Century. Here are some of the quilts that she has made and brought to show.
I don’t recall the names of the quilts but this one is a flannel form of a log cabin with applique along the edges, it was heavy and warm.
A sweet sherbet colored quilt with applique in the border.
Amish colored baskets with applique on the border.
I loved the three different greens used in this quilt. Applique in the middle block and I also loved the tiny saw tooth border.
A pink and green baskets and flowers quilt. The flowers are appliqued and I believe they have embroidery also.
A North Carolina Lily and I believe that the stems are appliqued and that possibly the swag in the border. She called it a watermelon swag because it is red and green.
A flower basket quilt and there is a lot of applique in this quilt and she often times used fusing and the small stitches to sew them on. Each quilt was gorgeous and we could go up and touch and go through each quilt and ask her questions. It was a fun class.

New Paintings

“Treat Them with Kindness” is the first of my recently completed mixed media paintings that I will have at Art in the Park this weekend. I will also have reproductions and notecards.

“Bob’s Hideout” is the second painting just completed. This is a fun colorful creation that will add brightness anywhere. I will also have reproductions and cards along with all the other originals that I will be hanging. Please stop by and say hi.

Freimann Square
200 Main Street
July 13 11:00 to 7:00
July 14 11:00 to 5:00

These two paintings are also in my online store.

Upcoming Shows

This Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 I will be setting up my tent in Freimann Square for the Three Rivers Festival Art in the Park. The Address is 200 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN
Hours are Saturday 11:00 a.m till 7:00 p.m.
Sunday is 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
It looks like it will be dry and sunny weather.
I will have some new paintings for sale.
Then on Saturday and Sunday, August 3rd and 4th I will be at the Chesterton Art Fair in Chesterton Indiana. This is held at beautiful Dogwood Park, 457 S. Third Street, Chesterton, IN. The hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Make a weekend of it and go to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.