Monday, April 27, 2009

My mom the artist


My mom reads my blog.  Everyone say hi to her!

My mom (Nancy Ann Sobel) is a quilter, and not a mere maker-of-bedspreads but a genuine quilt artist.  She hesitates a little at the title "artist," because she approaches her quilts from a very traditional craftmanship standpoint...and also she's really shy about her work.  But artist she is, and I want to show off a few of her quilts here this morning (she said I could, even though she's shy...and these photos are used with permission)  These big quilts take a long time, countless hours of designing and piecing and doing the applique, and then literally months on the actual quilting...which is all done by hand a stitch at a time.

Mom spent this whole last week in Paducah, Kentucky, attending the big American Quilting Society show.  And not just attending, but being honored as one of the Best in Show winners from the last 25 years.  She also won Best Workmanship another year.  I'm very proud of her.    

Here are two of her quilts.  The first one is called Dawn Splendor, and it's the Best of Show winner.  The other is part of a series on the seasons, this is autumn, and is my favorite.

7 comments:

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

Holy cats lookit that!!! What gorgeous work!
hi Christi's mom!

Woolpack Dave said...

Hi Nancy, I'm so pleased your hard work has got recognition.

Jen said...

Wow - congratulations Nancy!

DSonke said...

Congrats again Nancy. I still think of the time you showed me some of your prize-winners as a privileged moment in my life!!

Brewers Union Local 180 said...

Hi Mom.

TheColorTree said...

Absolutely beautiful! What a talented family!

Kyle Kunnecke said...

gorgeous quilts! My mom also quilts.. .I don't get to see her too often but when I do make it IN to visit, I ususally get to come home with a quilt... sometimes it's one she made, sometimes it's just one she found at a antique shop or at auction - but each one tells a story (not all those stories are known) and I love them all equally! be proud of your mom and tell her for me that she IS an artist... and a darn good one too!!!