Three of my quilts will be displayed in the Her Voice, Her Vision Women’s History Month exhibition at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225 from March 8th-April 3rd. The three quilts will also be for sale (each artist handles their own sale, so if you are interested in purchasing one of the quilts, please contact me directly.) Many thanks to Gallery Director Eric Birkin for all of his work in organizing and for accepting my quilts into the show.
Trio (17″ x 20″) was originally going to be a two color quilt, just the dark grey and light green. But the terracotta insisted, hence the name.
Going In Circles (21″ x 27″) is an improv circle study and the only quilt I’ve done using peppered cotton fabric which means that the warp and weft are different colors which adds a rich, dimensional feel to the fabric.
I made This Is Where We’re At (28″ x 32″) in the early days of the pandemic when with each new bit of devastating news came pundits and doctors saying that this was where we were.
Modular Improv Quilting is an exciting (and easy!) technique that I’ve been developing over the last few months. Using modular sizing allows quilt blocks to be arranged in a variety of ways with the added plus of being a technique that can be used for any size quilt. The simple design of individual blocks allows focus on overall composition. This technique can be used with any colorway. So far I’ve been using solid fabrics, but prints are also an option, stay tuned for more variations.
I am planning to teach this technique this spring. It is perfect for beginning and experienced quilters and a great way to dip your toes into improv piecing and design or to learn a different technique. Leave a comment if you are interested in taking the class or if your guild might like to host a class.
The quilt tops shown here two examples of modular improv piecing. As usual I’m behind on my quilting, but didn’t want to wait to show you a bit of what is possible with this exciting and fun technique!
I have finally added a section to this website about my quilts and quilting practice, including a section where you will find quilts for sale. The section will be updated periodically with information about new quilts for sale when available. The quilt tab above will lead you there!
Last week I had a wonderful time making a presentation to the Friendship Star Quilters in Gaithersburg, MD. I shared some of my poems about quilting (ask me about the demise of Sunbonnet Sue!) and talked about my quilt design process (with lots of quilts as illustrations). I also got a chance to do a brief demonstration of my modular improv quilt design technique with the help of a few intrepid members of the guild. I plan to teach a workshop on using that design method this winter. If you are interested in knowing more or would like to bring the workshop to your guild (by Zoom or in person), please let me know. Here are a few pictures from my presentations, many thanks to Michele Barnard for the photos.
I had so much fun participating in the Quilt Improv Studio’s Primary Colors quilt challenge which asked participants to make a quilt using primary colors plus black and white fabrics and to use the line as its primary element. It quickly became obvious to everyone participating that every choice of color and shape was important because there is no such thing as subtle in a quilt using that color palette and many of us intentionally drew on the work of artists such as Mondrian for inspiration, and a few of us thought of Lego creations. I was more in camp Lego with a bit of influence from Maria Shell’s amazing quilts that use lines as their primary element. It was a lot of fun seeing the work of other participants and chatting with some of them about our efforts. There is a blog post about the challenge here that includes several snippets from me (@stitches_and_stanzas) and here is a picture of my entry, “Primary Considerations”:
I am delighted to have 2 of my quilt-themed poems in the Maryland issue of Quiltfolk Magazine. The poems are “Anonymous Quilted” (along with a picture of the quilt by the same name and “Sunbonnet Sue”, an ever so slightly snarky homage to that enduring and endearing quilt block pattern. I also wrote a short guest piece for their “From The Community” feature talking about my own quilting. The magazine is print only, you can order the Maryland issue or order a subscription on their website.
I am delighted to announce that my full-length collection of poetry, Inheritance Of Aging Self, will be published next fall by Finishing Line Press. This book has been a few years in the making (I had to grow old-ish to write it!) and sooner or later I’ll probably write a longer description blurb, but for now I’ll just say that the title is a pretty big clue about the subjects that I tackle in these poems.
As we get closer to publication, I’ll be sharing a lot more about the book, and over the next few months will be tweaking this website and endeavoring to be a bit more diligent about social media, so stay tuned. And I should also mention that the book will be available for pre-ordering beginning this summer (a lot more about that later).
If you would like me to share a few of these poems at a reading, please get in contact, I’d love to discuss that with you!
One last note–as some of you know, I have also been actively creating art again after a long hiatus, working now in improv quilting and I am going to be posting some pictures of my quilts and more about my work here on this blog starting very soon. For now, I’ll leave you with a detail picture from a quilt that I titled, You Are Here, Or Maybe There. No guarantees of how long it will stay there, but as I write this, a larger detail of this quilt is also in the banner on my Facebook page. More coming soon, I’m still working on the photos.
Lucinda Marshall is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Inheritance Of Aging Self (Finishing Line Press,2021) and is the Founder of the DiVerse Gaithersburg (MD) Poetry Reading. In addition to being a writer, she is also an artist, quilter, and digital graphic designer.