I can’t say that making art quilts is my hobby. No, it isn’t hobby, it is a life style. I am in it every moment, doesn’t matter what I am doing. When I drive, I don’t listen to a radio, I am thinking about ideas for new quilts. Watching TV in the evening I am hand stitching. After I get up in the morning, I drink my daily cup of coffee and start sewing. And the best part of my life style is meeting other artists. Meeting online via zoom or in person.
This year was a little chaotic because in May I broke my arm and couldn’t do anything for two months. But later I was incredibly busy.
The year started with making three quilts in a style that I call Color Play, where each fabric is dyed in two colors and that allows me to play with them. Those three quilts were Autumn Forest, Winter Forest and Spring Forest (all measure 36×24 inches):
When those three quilts got sold, I made two more:
I made more quilts using my Color Play technique:
For the Lithuanian national project Red Remains I made Bricks and Stones and Wooden Doors (36×26 inches):
I am still interested in making more water quilts, inspired by my late friend Rita’s photos taken when she traveled all around the world. The new quilt was Tenerife (36×23 inches):
The Fifteen by Fifteen challenge for 2022 was making 6 quilts following the style of a chosen artist. I followed the realism of Russian painter Arkhip Kuindzhi:
There is a story of each of these quilts in my blog. Please, g0o and read: http://marytequilts.eu/blog/
One more continued project was Voices from the Past, when I put into a quilt old embroidered and woven textiles, and hand stitched them helping to save the memories about their makers, who mostly by now are gone. I made two quilts for two sisters, that I called Roses:
And one more for another friend:
December was extraordinary busy month as I worked on two projects. Encouraged by my friend Lolita Braza I started making fabric bookplates (exlibrises, 6×6 inches):
At the very end of the month I discovered that in 2023 there is going to be a textile contest in Verona, Italy. I was accepted to it twice, and I want to test my luck next year. The topic is Fearless, artists in History about fearless women artists. I really worked like crazy finishing 100×100 cm quilt in 8 days. My quilt is based on a painting of Gulag prisoner and deportee to Siberia Vanda Valiute. I call it Siberian Winter (40×40 inches):
Wow, looks like it was a productive year, don’t you think so?