Catherine Whall Smith . . . just hung it!

So yesterday, I removed the June “Bicentennial Quilt of the Month” from the Chaplin Library and hung “Where The Red Moon Rises”

“Where the Red Moon Rises”
by Catherine Whall Smith Art
Artist’s Original Design – Hand-Quilted

When I was working on this piece, I was stumped as to how to finish the border that would support the design elements of the rest of the quilt.  By chance a friend and Chaplin neighbor who was living out of the U.S. sent me the beautiful printed  flower fabric that just seemed “perfect” to complete this quilt.     It has been shown : 1993 Where the Red Moon Rises A Quilt Show IV, Invitational
Sponsored by Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church, South Glastonbury, CT. 1992     Where the Red Moon Rises Quilt Connections, Invitational Exhibit and oral history. 2012 – Line Dances: Quilts by Catherine Whall Smith – A 20 year Retrospective 1991-2011 at the UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, Storrs, CT.

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I used my photo (shown above) of the Chrysler house c. 1825 @15 Chaplin Street – to create the 12″ x 12″ fiber square. – “The builder and earliest residents of the Chrysler House are unknown, so it is named after the family that resided here for much of the twentieth century.  It is one of three brick houses in the Chaplin Historic District constructed within a decade of the incorporation of Chaplin.”  Pg. 18 “Historic Homes of Chaplin Village” J. Philbrick Copyright 2002

If you are not familiar with Sydney Chrysler (1915 – 1999) here is one of the things he was noted for: “Chaplin Impresario Stages Grand Opera With Performers Three Inches High”by David H. Fowler, The Hartford Courant: Sunday, November 25, 1951.

Grand opera, with 800 singers and a 75 piece orchestra, is in rehearsal               in this town of 712 under the guidance of impresario Sidney Chrysler.      Connecticut music lovers will find it hard to believe that statement, but      Chrysler can prove it: on a stage three feet high and three feet wide, with           his 800 miniature actor singers, each three inches high. . . . . . . .

From neighbor Ann Chuk; “We all learned so much about opera . . . it was like an institute in opera … and the best thing was we would take a break during the once a week practices, and Sidney would always make the best fresh fruit desserts…from local farms or his own bushes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries! Yum.  Sidney also would plant perennials at a neighbors home when he was thinning his lovely gardens out.

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NOTE: For the 2022 Connecticut “Hang A QUILT Day” we got out the ladder and hung “Ladies in Waiting” and “Lyme Disease Babeosia Strain”.

STAY SAFE . . . and STAY OFF OF LADDERS!!!! Smith Stitch Studio

About Catherine Whall Smith

Fiber Artist working with contemporary textiles.
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