Today I am excited to share my newest quilt, a map of my neighborhood, South Hadley Falls, MA. As you can probably guess by the name, this area of South Hadley was settled where the Connecticut River has a 53' drop in elevation creating a natural falls. It also was the location of the first navigable canal in the United States.
A paper map of the Falls that has each property line delineated was the inspiration for this quilt (which still needs to be quilted). I found the map at my local history museum and had it enlarged at a copy shop. From there, I created paper piecing patterns for the sections between city streets and pieced it together using fabric from my scrap bin. Each fabric represents one property parcel but the colors do not have any significance other than that I liked them together.
The map will finish at about 40"x 30".
If you look near the bottom left corner of the full map, near the upstream swimming fish, you will find Nancy Drew. She hangs out at the site of the Public Library.
My goal in the next few weeks is to write a blog post describing in detail how I made this quilt. Stay tuned, since now that I've publicly made the commitment I will have to follow through...
For much of October and November I will be out of the studio hanging out with my favorite people - quilters! I am going to Houston for one of the best things, the International Quilt Festival, from November 1-4. If you plan to be there let me know, I would love to see you.
The rest of my schedule is:
October 8 - Trunk Show and Workshop - Improvisational Piecing, Coastal Quilters of Midcoast Maine, Camden, ME
October 13 - Workshop - String Quilts, Sew Inspired, Simsbury, CT
October 16 - Workshop - Free Motion Fills, Sew Inspired, Simsbury, CT
October 20 & 22 -Trunk Show and Improvisational Piecing Workshop, Merrimack Valley Quilters, Haverhill, MA
October 26 - Trunk Show, Proper Bostonian Quilters, West Roxbury, MA
November 19 - Workshop - Map Quilts, A Notion to Quilt, Shelburne, MA
December - Solo Exhibit, Karen and Ed Adler Gallery, Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, NY