Archive for September, 2008


Moving Day

September 8, 2008

This is a new link for me, and I hope all my friends will find me.  I was having a tough time posting to the old site and decided to give WordPress a try.  You’ll let me know what you think?  Of course you will.

Winter Moon 12 1/2" X 12 1/2"

Winter Moon 12 1/2

Winter Moon reminds me of a winter sky off the coast of New England, the air is cold and biting; the beauty is endless. This piece has some shimmer to the fabric and paint that doesn’t photograph well (for me). But I think you get the idea.

It utilizes commercial cottons, thread painting, fabric paint, and fusible appliqué. The thread painting was done several years ago and sat waiting, actually pinned to my design wall waiting, until the muses offered a solution. What do you think?

The next quilt is a labor of love . . . my love of beads! I bead on the road while traveling with Steve. Often we will be in the car most of the day, not hard to take in our little Beemer, but still it can be boring. I throw a recorded book in the CD player, place my ‘bead box’ on my lap, and time flies by from there.

I recall a few years ago, Steve and I were on our way home from visiting the kids in  Atlanta.  We had the top down, enjoying the sunshine and a perfect day.  All of a sudden a burst of wind hit me.  The flower I was beading flew out of the car, into center island of I-85.

Steve didn’t blink.  At the next exit he turned around and drove south until we saw the splotch of pink.  Thankfully, it was still in the grass and not stuck to the tire of a big eighteen-wheeler. Around again at the next exit, he parked on the grass (don’t tell the Statie’s) and rescued my flower.  It’s now, thread painted and beaded,  attached to a quilt that hangs in our guest bath.

Tide Pool 9 1/2" X 15 1/2"

Tide Pool 9 1/2

The background of Tide Pool is basic, with purple fabric covered with tulle for a bit of texture, and a nice batik border.  The beads are varied in size and style.  I like to just bundle and bunch (a real technical term) and see where it leads.  Do you like the leaves?  As with most of my work, the piece leads me . . . it will tell me what it wants to say.

Seems like I’ve been drawn to creating works with water lately.  I grew up in the Boston area, and water played a big role in our lives.  My father loved the sea, spending every spare moment out on the water.  Winter Moon reminds me so much of him.

My childhood was spent in the water.  Sunset Lake, camping at Maple Park, the beaches of West Dennis, Wollaston or Nantasket, any day with sunshine involved water.  I never missed a good wave or an afternoon with water skis .

And I can’t forget the Gidget/Moondoggie effect of a good beach.  You never knew when the next adventure would present itself, and who would be a part of that adventure.  When I think back on my younger years, almost every great memory involved a beach. I wouldn’t trade a moment of it!

I’ve got a few more ‘water works’ that I’ll share later  when I’ve finished ‘framing’ them properly.  As a good friend pointed out, sometimes they just need a backdrop.  I think you’ll like the results.

Thanks for visiting Ann Flaherty’s Strands of Imagination.  As always, if you have any questions about my work, do not hesitate to ask.  I hope to see you again soon.