Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mary Keasler

You may remember me talking about Mary Keasler when we got together over the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild. Here she is looking at the finished top of her newest dazzler, Lantana. Breathtaking, isnt it?
So Mary and I have met twice for lunch on Wednesday while I am in town for my knitting group.
Yesterday one of the knitters was asking me about the CMQG and art quilting and art quilters. She asked me what I meant by 'art quilter' and without a pause I blurted: Someone who fearlessly designs their own work, and tries to be original. Which is why I am bringing up Mary. She is a perfect example of an art quilter. And I am the lucky gal to have found her.
Our lunches are just the thing for us artsy types eager to discuss arty topics, and undo 'slumps' and review projects that we are considering. It is a real shot in my quilting arm, and since I got momentarily (2 weeks) distracted from my current fabric work, I got reinspired by talking with Mary and am all zoomed up to get back to work.
Needless to say, but I am gonna say it anyway, this is JUST WHAT I NEEDED.


  1. Wow, it IS, indeed, breathtaking! Tell Mary "lovely work!!!" Isn't it funny how we just have to get our hands on fiber (of any sort)? I can't be away from it for too long or I start to twitch :-). Great stuff!!

  2. Yowza! I am assuming it is pieced and not fused!

  3. Stunning piece. So nice to have someone like minded close by - always inspirational!

  4. I knew it was Lantana before I read the word... It grows in so many gardens around here. I love her leaves especially. So pretty!

  5. I've watched her progress on this quilt on her blog but I guess it didn't register with me how HUGE it was going to be!! All those pieces...oy vey!!!! Beautiful work!!

    I love inspirational people like her and you :) I'm heading to my sewing room and start a new project :)

  6. Whoa now. You caught me off guard, Mel. Thanks for the plug, though. You are the Bestest. And let me send all those wonderful comments right back atcha. It is indeed wonderful to have you in my neck of the woods!

  7. You are so lucky to have her near you! I just discovered her blog and work. I've been looking for art quilters in my area, but so far no one.

  8. Linda5:38 PM

    Please share what took place at knitting. I would love to see your works and that of your knitting pals.

  9. WOW! Magnificent...

  10. Wow I love the Lantana quilt. I was surprized when I opened your blog because yesterday I posted a photo on my blog of a flower that I couldn't identify and I think now that it is Lantana.

  11. Wow - her quilt is almost as pretty as your garden. I'll be checking out her blog to see her process. Thanks! And I can see how it would get your creative juices flowing again. I can hardly wait to see what will come out of your studio. :-)

  12. Love this work of Mary''s spectacular. It's wonderful that you can get together and inspire each other.

  13. I am in love with the background. The past couple of years I've been working on the concept of "contrast," and I love the way she uses so many different fabrics in the background and achieves that wonderful contrast. Thank you for showing us.

  14. Judy from Northport10:20 AM

    You are so fortunate to have another art quilter in your life...all that and lunches too!
    Have a great holiday...

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