The SAQA Benefit Auction opens on Friday, September 9 with Diamond Day! Any quilt is available for $1,000; the first bidder wins. The rest of this reverse-price auction is divided into three sections, with a new section open each Monday. Bid prices start at $750 per quilt and drop each day at 2 PM EDT (GMT/UTC -4) until they reach $100 on Saturday. The following Monday, the bidding pattern repeats until the auction closes on October 2.
The annual Benefit Auction is SAQA’s largest fundraising event! All proceeds support SAQA’s exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. Plus, your purchase helps increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them.
For the month of September, I decided to hang “PAIN” or “On the EDGE . . . Ready to JUMP!”
One of a Kind Original Design by CWSmithMachine Pieced. Hand Quilted. All Cotton Materials.In 1993 “ Pain” (60H x 54W) was juried into “Materials: Hard &SoftExhibition”, at the Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas. – It now hangs with the 12 x 12 mounted fabric photo of The Isaac Eaton House, c. 1840 @19 Chaplin Street, Chaplin, CT. at the Chaplin Library.
“In 1840, Isaac Eaton bought “one acre, twenty-nine rods, more or less” of land from Henry Spafford for $150. He then mortgaged the property for $350 to build this one and one-half story gable-end house with an ell. The outstanding feature inside the Isaac Eaton House is the kitchen fireplace, with its bake oven and single stone lintel. “Noteworthy was the Old Maple Tree that grew out front of this home on Chaplin Street. A former homeowner, took great pride in that tree and tried to insure its longevity by having wire supports added to it’s heavy limbs. But over time the tree had to be removed – so to honor this tree the Town of Chaplin invited local Wood Turners to create pieces from the parts of the tree.The Chaplin’s Old Maple Tree Harvest Buffet Dinner held at the Chaplin Senior Center on Saturday, October 21, 2006 turned out to be a great community gathering and fund-raiser ($3,2700.00). I was able to purchase a pen and a small vase made from this tree.
During the years that we have lived in Chaplin since 1974 this home at 96 Chaplin Street has changed owners three times. I photograghed this house because I enjoyed seeing the American flag hung from the front porch. When Mrs. Murphy lived there the back of the house did not have a back porch/ deck to sit on. Now it does for a pleasant out door experience. By my count there are 18 interesting porches on Chaplin Street, front, side or back they add living and social gathering spaces.
The quilt that I decided to hang for the month of August is “Grab and Go”! because it is typical of this time of Summer. When hay fields are being cut, stacked, rolled up and taken away to be stored either in white plastic or in a barn. This quilt has been shown many times, including in 2016 – @ The Nor’Easter: 46th Annual Juried Members Exhibition. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. Machine pieced, hand quilted. Includes my photo image of a Bassett’s Bridge Farm in Mansfield, CT. Digitally printed on treated cotton. All cotton materials, screen print by CWSmith.
NOTE: If you are looking for more quilts to view check outLocal Color: A Connecticut Welcome (SAQACT Regional Quilt Show) – on view at the Windham Textile & History Museum Willimantic, CT from Friday, August 5th, through Sunday, September 25th, 2022.
PLUS ENJOY these up-coming events at the Windham Textile & History Museum, Willimantic, CT
Friday, August 5th QUILT SQUARES 1 – 3 pm in Dugan Mill 157 Union Street, Willimantic, CT Learn about quilts while you make your own geometric paper quilt. Children ages 5- 19. Event is free.
Friday – Saturday August 19th, 20th – Crazy Quilt Book Sale 9 – 4. Dugan Mill. Don’t Miss out on the bargains. Admission FREE
Saturday , August 27th: PUT A PIN IN IT. a Quilting Expo at the Mill Museum 10-am – 4 pm in Dugan Mill Demos, lectures, vendors, and classes in both the main museum building and Dugan Mill. Classes will include English Paper Piecing and Crazy Quilting with kits available to purchase. Tickets are free with museum admission.
So yesterday, I removed the June “Bicentennial Quilt of the Month” from the Chaplin Library and hung “Where The Red Moon Rises”
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”.
It happens every year – The Farmington Valley Quilt Guild is sponsoring Connecticut Hang-A-Quilt Day on June 18, 2022 – 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM . It is the perfect open air quilt show! Hang a quilt outside your house — on your garage, clothesline, fence, tree or chair. Ask a local business if you can display a quilt for the day. Post a picture on social media with the #CTHangAQuiltDay. There is no pre registration required. I’m not sure which quilt I will hang, but I still have time to think about that.
My focus recently has been on “which” one of my QUILTS I will hang at the local Chaplin Library. (shown below) My quilt for June is “Blue Blood” (48H x 48W). It is part of my Transfusion series that started several years ago. It has been shown at the Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic CT.
The Grange, Chaplin, Connecticut
When we first moved to Chaplin in the 1970’s we had the opportunity to experience a REAL TOWN Meeting. At that time the town meeting was held in the Grange on rte. 198. Besides the annual town meeting the building was used for other events including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Pine Wood Derby, and several square dances. Today that building has been turned into a home.
Between 1820 and 1850, approximately 25 homes, a tavern, a general store, a dry goods store and a merchant’s store were built adjacent to the church along a curved portion of the major north-south route that paralled the Natchaug River. The majority of the houses that line the Chaplin Village street were built within a single thirty-year period. In 1822, the residents of this village negotiated with the towns of Mansfield, Hampton and Windham to incorporate Chaplin, named in honor of the town’s benefactor.
Chaplin Street, as it is now called, became a mile long cut-off when State Route 198 was straightened in 1929, thus leaving most of the village homes intact and creating a unique study in time in northeastern Connecticut. In July 1974, Chaplin Village was designated a Historic District to preserve the character of the buildings and their settings for future generations.
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Oh and don’t forget Monday, June 13th is “National Sewing Machine Day“. Thomas Saint received the first patent for a sewing machine design in 1790, but he never advertised it. In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made some minor adjustments, and built a working model. Others, including Isaac Singer and Elias Howe were instrumental in the sewing machine’s later development. Today you can adopta toy sewing machine through The Mill Museum and help us to preserve the history of these unique antiques. You will receive a certificate of adoption with a historical information sheet, a matted print of the machine of your choice, and a lace ornament you can treasure. Go to https://millmuseum.org/adopt-a-sewing-machine/ for details.
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NOTE: Hopefully the rain will hold off this Saturday for the Arts In The Garden Weekend June 11 & 12 from 10am-5pm. Outside at Barbara Lussier Gallery Daffodil Hill Farm, 22 Harrisville Road Pomfret, Connecticut 06258. 860-805-3182 – Paintings, Pottery & Jewelry Join celebrated artists in the garden Barbara Lussier paintings, Cynthia Saari Jewelry, Christine Tanson Pottery. Tour the farm and gardens, See you there!!
I just recently realized how many people in countries outside the U. S. have viewed my Fiber Art. A quick check on my BlogStatistics showed that during the Pandemic in the past two years people in 42 countries have read my blog and viewed my art. The countries include are Australia, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Czech Republic, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Singapore, Spain, St. Martin, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, including Alaska, and Vietnam. I wonder what they thought.
Another event that will also be all over the world is the SAQA Auction – you can start bidding on Friday, April 29th3pm EDT. The Spotlight Auction is an annual event that takes place at every SAQA conference. Donated pieces are sold through a silent auction at the conference banquet. But now it’s gone virtual and everyone – even YOU – can bid! A record-setting 328 pieces of artwork are available for bidding. All pieces can be previewed on Handbid – where you can register for the event and select your favorites. Each piece is mounted on an 8″ x 10″ mat with a 4.5″ x 6.5” opening and placed in a clear cellophane sleeve. Note that the digital image may vary slightly than the actual piece. PLEASE read the Spotlight Auction FAQs first!
And below I shared my journey to complete my piece – “Cut Stitch Sew” 60 H X 96W.
Back to “Normal” I just visited our local library and hung the April Chaplin Bicentennial Quilt of the Month along with the (12H x 12W) Fiber Art of one of the Historic homes on Chaplin Street. For April I picked The “old” Parsonage @ 60 Chaplin Street and hung my quilt “Storm Coming on Rte 66″(28H x 35W). This quilt is part of my “Balancing Acts” series – I took the photo image in this quilt while on rte 66 in Hebron Center, CT and digitally printed it on treated cotton. This piece is machine pieced and hand quilted, no pattern.
History of the OLD PARSONAGE – “On March 3, 1836, a committee was formed to procure a house for a parsonage. The committee members were Darius Knight, Jared Clark, and Jonathan H. Ashley. Another committee was formed on August 31, 1836. The members were Darius Knight, John Ross, James Utley, Jared Clark, and Orin Witer. It was decided that the minister would pay 6% of cost of rental. The land was purchased in 1837, from Luther Ripley, for $17.00, and the parsonage was erected on it. The cost was $1400.00 and the rent $84.00 per year. Erastus Dickinson was ordained as pastor in 1837, at a salary of $500.00.” (page 12 The Chaplin Congregational Church Chaplin, Connecticut – Historical Home Tour June 1970). Eventually the old parsonage was sold and became a family home as it remains today. Stay Safe . . . . Smith Stitch Studiohttps://catherinewhallsmith.com/
My piece “Transfusion in TWO PARTS” (60H x 72W) shown below can be seen in this show along with the rest of the Fiber Art in “COLLECTION B” by the following Artists – Mary Arnold, Pat Budge, Beth Carney, Nancy Cordry, Cheryl Costley, Nancy Crasco, Helen Geglio, Valerie Goodwin, Betty Hahn, Jean Howard, Mary Anne Jordan, Barbara Kanaya, Jill Kerttula, Misik Kim, Carol Larson, Jane Lloyd, Jeanne Marklin, Judy Martin, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Melody Money, Dan Olfe, Gabrielle Paquin, Arturo A. Sandoval, Catherine Whall Smith, Cécile Trentini, and Sandra L.H. Woock. As you view each piece take in the artists thoughts from the shows catalogue. Here are a few, Cheryl Costley, Marco Island Florida, “Building Unity” (60 x 57) “To create unity while maintaining variety is always a challenge in art. So it is in life as well.” Jeanne Marklin, Williamstown, Mass. “Tree Wounds” (46 x 40) “The impact of global warming on trees “What are you doing to us?”. Jean Howard, Auxvasse, Missouri, “Harlem Renaissance Dance” (71 x 48) was inspired by a visit to an exhibit of Harlem Renaissance Art.
While at the MMoA you will also be able to view “More Than Hot Type“, a special printmaking exhibition in collaboration with the Providence Art Club (PAC) of Rhode Island, More Than Hot Type showcases PAC’s group portfolio of 25 innovative prints targeting contemporary social and political issues, environmental concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the legacy of printmaking itself.
So Enjoy the DRIVE! Maybe I will see you there. Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio!
Today I was able to change out the Quilt/Home of the Month at the Chaplin Town Library. Below is the quilt and the information on the signage that hangs with my quilt “Heating Up the Hay”.
51 Chaplin Street, Chaplin, CT
Our daughter Tiffany and Christopher Bray attended Chaplin Elementary school (now the Chaplin Town Library/Senior Center) and went on to graduate from our new elementary school on Palmer Road.Chris’s mother, was always there to support any and all Chaplin Elementary School PTO fund raising activities. Plant Sale, Spaghetti Dinner, Classroom Basket Raffle, etc. she was there to help in any way possible. She took over the head position to obtain and distribute food to the volunteers who participated in building the very first play scape at the town’s newly built school. The installation took all day on a Saturday and we all were so excited to see the smiling faces on the school children when they arrived by bus on Monday morning.
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NOTE: Several years ago, there was a major renovation on this home. Thus the new exterior color palette, as shown in the 12 x 12 mounted piece. Previously it was a white with green shuttered house like the earlier look of the houses in the Chaplin Village. This past year to keep the front area tidy, several goats were brought in to graze to “their hearts content”. From our side porch we spent several hours enjoying the site of the munching goats! ! !