Quilters' Quarters is proud to host
the elegant art of Massachusetts' women!
Lynne Schulte LaValley
Artist, Author and Advisor
Lynne Schulte is her artist's name; Mrs. LaValley is her name to her students, but those who are blessed with her company in the circle of artists of her small town call her Lynne.
The newest product of Lynne's is her book of full color illustrations ... representations of her fine art paintings featuring her mother's favorite color pink. By using this eye-catching plastic Adirondack-style chair in various natural settings, Lynne has been able to share the special relationship she had and, on a spiritual level still has, with her mother.
|Tom's silk 're-TIE-rement' quilt|
It was my privilege to begin showing Lynne's art through her note cards that also showcase her paintings. When she asked me to make a quilt of her husband's ties for a surprise retirement party, I was honored that Lynne would trust me with such treasured memories. She asked what I would charge for such work, and I said I would love to barter: a quilt for a painting.
When her recent art exhibit at the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, Massachusetts had run its course, Rick and I went to help Lynne and her husband carefully move the paintings back to her studio.
And she surprised me by giving me one of the larger paintings in the Pink Chair series! I am now the proud displayer of Lynne's painting which she calls "Shelter."
For a limited time, those who visit Quilters' Quarters will have a chance to view "Shelter" next to Lynne's "spinner" of note cards, and with her newly-published and autographed book (available for purchase.) You can see all of the artwork at Lynne's http://pinkchairpaintings.com/ devoted to this special series of her work. This is only one series of many that Lynne Schulte has completed; you can view others at this page: LynnSchulte.com.
Here is a review I'd written of her book just prior to her publication date. It is posted with her book at Amazon:
This book is a treasure for all who live and love through life's trials and troubles, celebrations and successes.
It was my privilege to read Lynne's book as a work in progress, and to view her incredible paintings in a showing at a local library on the North Shore of Massachusetts. The book contains the brief annotations exhibited with her paintings, and so much more. The connections between Lynne and her mother, Lynne and her art, and the thoughts and inspirations they shared are palpable within her words and paintings. This book is a treasure for all who live and love through life's trials and troubles, celebrations and successes. Buy one for yourself, and one to share with those you love. It will be the best book you purchase this year.***************
Author, Genealogist, Quilter and Pattern Designer
One of our artists generously offered her time for an interview ~
When I asked Ann what she might wish for in a world of limitless funding, she answered quickly: A larger work space, with a big table and lots of shelves. Ann comes to this wish quite naturally, given her background, current pursuits and future potential. Ann went on to tell more of her story… Meet Ann Lainhart: Author, Genealogist, Quilter and Pattern Designer, in her own words:
Both my parents did handwork: my mother sewed and my father knit. I cannot remember a time when I was not making something ~ doll clothes both sewn and knit by grade school. I also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles as early as I can remember and when my grandmother died when I was 13, my grandfather sent Mom the family papers which led me to genealogy at that young age. My basic point is that I like putting things together to make a whole.
|Ann Lainhart's Line Art Sketching|
In sixth grade my teacher taught me to do geometric drawings using straight lines to make curved designs. In 1978 I put together my love/passion for handwork and my love/passion for geometric designs by making my first quilt. I was basically self-taught through craft magazines and TV shows. In the early 1980s I joined the Proper Bostonian Quilt Guild which gave me a place to talk quilting with other quilters.
As I have moved, I have always belonged to a quilt guild. I particularly like teaching classes based on my quilt patterns. I like to see “the light bulb go off” when a student gets my piecing method. I also must admit that I love giving programs to quilt guilds; there is nothing more ego-stoking than to hold up a quilt and have the whole audience say “Oh!” or “Wow!” When I give a program for a quilt guild or vend at a quilt show, I do feel my work and patterns are seen as different from the majority of other quilters.
Every piece starts with the design followed by the color. Transferring a design from my head to paper and then to fabric, is extremely satisfying! I am often asked if I studied art or color in school, but it just comes naturally. I can carry color in my head and I can often know that one fabric will go with another without having them side by side.
My first pattern was Rainbow Card Trick. At the Gallery, I found so many people liked this design and some asked if there was a pattern. So I designed a pattern and it remained my most popular pattern until I designed Christmas Ornaments. Having people liking my designs enough to want to make them, also is very satisfying.
I feel that my work is based on three traditions: First I got into fussy-cutting traditional quilt blocks from border prints in the early 80s. Starting with the eight-pointed star and then many others blocks including my favorite block Card Trick. Then I began fussy-cutting the Mariner’s Compass block from systematical prints. In 2009 the American Quilters Society published my book Fussy-Cut Mariner’s Compass.
The second tradition is Bargello designs which go back to the middle ages. I did quite a few Bargello pieces in needlepoint when I was in high school, so when it began to appear in quilting, I was happy. Early on I began making my Bargello jackets with knit sleeves and collar and then developed a pattern which has been popular.
The third tradition is Chinese Lattice Designs which are maze-like designs that have been carved in wood for windows for hundreds of years. They automatically give a quilt a two-dimensional look since it does look like you are looking through the lattice to fabric background.
I have developed two methods for piecing the lattice designs; one of which uses the beautiful large scale fabrics available now. The other is a strip-pieced method using a busy background fabric and is a great design for beginning quilters. One reason I have stayed in quilting for more than 30 years is the fabric being produced. When I started it was mostly little calicos, but as the years have passed the fabrics have become more intricately designed often with metallic highlights or different types of designs like batiks.
When I had The Quilting Gallery for nine summer seasons at Rocky Neck Art Colony (1994-2002), I found that men were as intrigued with my pieces as women. I think that is because of my use of geometric designs.
|Ann's Kaleidoscopic Purse|
pattern and kits
I sell my smaller things: jackets, vests, purses, Christmas ornaments, and cards. I also sell my wall-hangings; recently I had one sell through the Plymouth Center For the Arts that was sent to Russia and one through Collections Gallery in Sandwich which was going to France! I exhibit at both these places and at quilt shows. I give pieces to friends and family including bed quilts.
My definition of good art is “Would I like to wake up every morning and see it?” I love my quilts and have decorated my walls as well as my beds with them, seeing my ideas become reality! I also love the tactile aspect of quilting. When I hand quilt, I sometimes find myself just stroking the piece.
Ann's catalog of patterns can be seen in Quilters' Quarters. Soon they will be available in our web store. Her Kaleidoscopic Purse pattern and border print kits for making the purse are already available in both the shop and online. A catalog will be included with each purchase.
|The pattern for Ann Lainhart's Kaleidoscopic Purse|
We have another local artist sharing her work!
Elizabeth Golz Rush of Newburyport has been artistic for all of her life, and will be sharing some of her fabric and ceramic gifts in Quilters' Quarters. She has created a line of fall fabric, produced by Northcutt and offered it for a price that allows me to offer it to you for half what you might expect to pay for this quality quilt cotton. She also has juvenile Carousel prints, in bright and pastel colors. Come visit us soon before these beautiful bolts are emptied! You'll also find her fabric listed at our webstore.
We also have some of Elizabeth's note cards featuring wild birds in gold foil embossing, commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation. Quantity is limited, so come early
You'll find more images of her portfolio at her website:
Presently, Quilters' Quarters is hosting:
- Lynne has placed some of her Art Cards with us. "A Year In Bloom" series, in which Lynne did 365 paintings of flowers. Lynne's original work can be seen at several art sites; her Pink Chair Project has traveled to many libraries for exhibition. Lynne has a seasonal gallery called "Lark Rising" in Rockport, Massachusetts where original paintings and quality prints of her work can be seen.
- Lynne's floral landscapes have also become the covers of some of Neal Sanders' mystery novels, such as A Murder in the Garden Club.
- You can visit Lynne's workshop on the second floor of Scala Art Center.
- You can also view her art at these websites:
- Lynne shows frequently at area art associations: You will find her work at the North Shore Art Association, The Cape Cod Art Association, The Newburyport Art Association, and the Marblehead Art Association.
- Ann is a quilt artist who exhibits and
- You can visit Ann's art online at QuiltedGallery.com
- Marci is a jewelry artist who works with silver, enamel, stones and crystals. Her pieces are one of a kind and are uniquely creative. Sometimes she uses small Swarovski Crystals, turquoise stones and other gemstones to accent her hammered metals and delicate enameled designs. For those who may not know, Swarovski Crystals are from Austria and come in many different sizes and colors; here is a photo of a few that Marci has placed on consignment with me at Quilters' Quarters, thinking that perhaps some who embellish quilts might find a use for them as well.
- Sandra is a skilled painter of silk fabrics
- Sandra works continue with paper fiber and makes note cards of collages, using images that she manipulates to work in scale and proportion with other images. Her cards include both vintage and modern images; some are designated for birthdays, Mother's Day and some specifically designed for men.
- You can visit Sandra's art at www.FiberArte.com
- Darcie has been a quilter for a while now,
- Darcie is also the author of two books about stuffed animals written for children and their parents. True to her career as a family counselor, her books focus on Mindfulness and the art of relaxing by appreciating one's own physical senses as related to emotional feelings. Her books will soon be available at Quilters' Quarters as well.
- You can visit Darcie's book pages at this Amazon Darcie Nuttall link.
Now available from Quilters' Quarters in Georgetown, MA
- Crocheted Roses in your choice of quantity and any of 12 colors .
Anita is originally from Australia, and she and her two daughters are very creative and offer many unique items at their Etsy shop, and now here at Quilters' Quarters. She invites people to 'ruffle the feathers' of her beautiful crocheted roses. Visit her site, and come into our shop to see the beauty she elicits from fiber.
Be sure to visit the February 8th Home Post of Quilters' Quarters to see more examples of these artists' work: