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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Oh No! and Oh Yes!

Blindsided by Disaster, Twenty Years After Hurricane Hugo runs through Dec. 6 at the Levine Museum of the New South in uptown Charlotte. Beth Resler Walters, along with Red Cross volunteers, put together a pictorial reminder of the destruction through photographs donated by The Charlotte Observer. The Red Cross also stressed the importance of planning and preparedness for any disaster. I was honored to have a super graphic of my quilt (created by TPM Graphics) as the last image of the show.

My quilt 'Hurricane Warning' at the Levine Museum of the New South.

Its colors worked perfectly with those of the exhibit.

The Charlotte Observer donated photographs taken in the days and weeks following the storm. Amazingly, we had mail delivery through all this!

ICE became the most sought-after item after Hugo, as evidenced by the long lines.

The opening reception was lovely and emotional. As the creator of Hurricane Warning, I was asked to speak along with the Mayor of Charlotte, the CEO of the Red Cross and Karen Geiger. Karen was trapped and severely injured when a tree fell on her home during Hugo. It was wonderful to see her looking so well.

Sept. 30: My beloved Canon Powershot has died! It started sounding weird Sunday, vibrating when the zoom operated. I took a few shots Tuesday night at the show opening (above) and then everything stopped. The lens is in a precarious, half-way out position. This means no pictures - and I take photos several times a week! Maybe someone can figure out what's wrong. Let's hope it was "operator error." I hate to replace a $600. camera that's less than four years old!

October 3: Up early to walk across the street to a neighbor's yard sale. There I spied a Canon Powershot with more megapixels than my old one. It has macro and is the size of a deck of cards! Brand new, it was still in the box. Our neighbor had received it in an executive gift pack from a client so the price was right. Besides, my DH paid for it! Yeah!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


This just in -
Jeff Green Cutout Makes Fashion Statement.

Things got a little crazy on day two of the kids' big yard sale in Greensboro! The prom dress is from the 1950s, when they were called formals.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Kindness of Others

My DH Bill, Mary Moon and Tom Guerrant, me
Photo by Betsey Guerrant Arnett

Everyone from Charleston to Charlotte is remembering the terror of hurricane Hugo today, the 20th anniversary. We awoke to unbelievable devastation, what one would except after a category 4 storm - and worse. My DH left immediately for the Emergency Operations Center where he remained for the next several days. At that time he was Director of Public Service and Information for the City of Charlotte, which faced a tremendous public crisis.

I immediately realized the clean-up would be a gigantic task, one I wasn't sure my 10-year old son Matthew and I could handle. And then I heard a cacophony of chainsaws which would continue for days, all over the city. Neighbors had come outdoors and were working side by side. I also saw my husband's brother Tom, who'd somehow driven many miles through the debris to get to our house. He climbed up on our garage roof to remove fallen limbs and then worked for hours and hours. I'll never forget his kindness. He's quite a guy.

Not only was the city a total disaster zone, 90% also had no power. Between 80 thousand and 100,000 trees were lost. Immediate needs were ice and batteries. I found a small grocery store open and spotted a very Outward Bound looking fellow- someone who would know how to survive. I followed him around, buying everything he bought. I later shopped by flashlight in the one open drugstore I found, going for batteries first.

A few days later my son and I, along with neighbors Robert, Michael, Nancy and Daniel decided to save a 20' dogwood tree which had been blown parallel to the ground in our front yard. We rigged a pulley system and with Robert pulling and the rest of us pushing, managed to get the tree upright. It took every bit of strength we had. A wet, tall dogwood tree weighs a lot!

Power was not restored for 10 days. Some went as long as 18 days without electricity. Bit by bit the city came back. Little things became huge joys. We all celebrated when a laundromat was once again open. Clean clothes at last!

I have been on the verge of tears all day (something I'd not expected). Loss and devastation were huge. But the sight of neighbors and total strangers working together to rebuild was SO powerful. In my husband's words, "In many ways, it was our city's finest hour."

Monday, September 21, 2009

Guest Speaker

I've been invited to speak briefly at the opening reception for Blinded by Disaster. An image of my quilt Hurricane Warning is part of the exhibit. Hope to see some of you there!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Quilt Image at Levine Museum of the New South

Blindsided by Disaster exhibit graphic
illustrates the path of Hurricane Hugo

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Beth Resler Walters. Beth had been searching for hurricane images on the internet when she came across my quilt Hurricane Warning, shown in my last post. With the colors red, black and white, Beth said the image would be perfect for an upcoming exhibit about hurricane Hugo, the powerful storm which hit Charlotte 20 years ago. Working with the Concourse Gallery (which now owns the piece) Beth was able to get a high resolution digital image which was then printed as a full-size super graphic by TPM, Inc. I am very pleased it will be part of the show.

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross, with whom Beth is associated, partnered with Duke Energy in sponsoring the exhibit which "captures the devastation through photographs donated by the Charlotte Observer."

Blindsided By Disaster, runs through December 6 at the incredible Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh Street, uptown Charlotte. A reception will be held Sept. 29 from 6-9 p.m. at the museum. There will be guest speakers, light refreshments, and a cash bar. Admission to the exhibit is free.

My husband and I got a sneak peek during installation.

A very hard-working Dominic Maier,
Exhibits Preparator, Levine Museum of the New South

Working from a schematic, Dominic is very precise.

Photographs donated by The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer photographers captured powerful images following Hugo's devastation.

A super graphic of my quilt 'Hurricane Warning' awaits installation along with the copy block shown below. It will be the last image in the exhibit.

By the way, this exhibit has been led by Red Cross volunteers from conception to completion. I think they did a great job.

Check these links for more information:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Subversive Stitchers Guest Blog

Hurricane Warning

Dawn Goldsmith, the creative force behind Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles, recently saw a photo of my quilt Hurricane Warning. Living in FL, Dawn felt the story behind the piece would be interesting and asked me to write a guest blog. It has just been posted and can be read here:


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Getting ready for Barnful of Quilts

Valerie Fox turns her gorgeous barn into an art venue each year for
Barnful of Quilts.

This beautiful pinto currently occupies what will be my stall this year. She's having to spend time indoors due to sunburn on her fair skin (under the white hair).

I'll be participating in Barnful of Quilts again this year. On October 10, quilters and other artists will exhibit their wares in Valerie Fox's huge barn which normally houses award-winning Paso Fino horses. The place is transformed for this very special event, a fundraiser for Waxhaw Presbyterian Church.

I was the featured artist last year, so this time have been given a primo location right where people enter the show. We drove out today and found that at 12' x 14' the space is almost as large as my studio! It also has a window and a fabulous cross-breeze. A truly lovely spot.

One of the barn's beautiful windows.

Photo credit: Bill Guerrant

Note: There's a link for Barnful on my right sidebar. Check it out - it'll be a great show.

Monday, September 14, 2009

What I've Been Up To

Hello, dear readers. This is the longest I've ever gone without posting. Things have been so crazy around here I've had to make a "Martha" calendar. You know, like the one Martha Stewart has in every magazine where she lists everything she has to do - every day - day by day. Mine runs through September 30. Of the six things planned for today, I did two. But then I added two and thought of another, so I won't be too hard on myself.

The important stuff, cardiac rehab and combining two safety deposit box contents from two banks into one, were taken care of first. My new dyes and 50 yards of PFD are still untouched.

I've been spending way too much time on the computer, so my hands are not happy. I rewrote a pattern so it will print more efficiently (less paper), designed a new pattern, wrote a guest blog (details later), ran off lots of copies and.........TaDa! I now have my own line of quilt photo note cards, created at the suggestion of a friend. Thanks, Ann.

Of the seven cards shown above, the center one in the top row is a detail shot and was done through a photo service. The others show full quilts and were printed locally.

The quilts I chose for my cards are, left to right beginning with the top row, Toast with Jam, Moody Blues (detail), His Eye is on the Sparrow, Moody Blues, Hold on My Heart.....Throw Me a Lifeline, Hurricane Warning, and We Fix Broken Hearts.

I'll have a stall at Barnful of Quilts Oct. 10 and wanted inexpensive items to sell. The notecards seemed like just the thing.

For details on Barnful of Quilts, go to: www.foxfamilyfarm.com and then click on Barnful. I'll have more information on it tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Salt Water Taffy

Only fabrics I'd hand-dyed were used in this piece -
inspired by traditional log cabin quilts.

Salt Water Taffy
Thus named because of its colors.

I haven't been able to work on this piece for months. I made it a while ago but couldn't decide how to finish it. I've quilted many quilts with embroidery floss and always matched the floss color to the fabric, as in Orange Slice, shown below. This time, I decided to shake it up a bit.

After a few days' rest (I won't bore you with the details of carpal tunnel and trigger thumb) I hope to quilt the border with turquoise floss only.

Many of my quilts are named for food (Mint Frappe' with Tutti Frutti Sprinkles, Shrimp Creole, Salt Water Taffy, Toast with Jam, Orange Slice, Blue Plate Special, Cracker Jax) or song titles (Twist and Shout, Hot Stuff, Little Pink Houses, Hold on My Heart....Throw Me a Lifeline, We Fix Broken Hearts, His Eye is on the Sparrow) which will surprise no one who knows me. Both food and music are great loves of mine.

Note: For this type of quilting use two strands of six-strand DMC embroidery floss and a crewel needle - very sharp with a large eye.

Orange Slice (detail)
Hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, Thai silk.