Studio Envy and Fiber Friends

Quilters love to gather together, whether it’s in large numbers, like a guild or professional organization, or smaller meetings such as a bee or critique group.

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I’m fortunate to belong to a wonderful critique group that meets on a monthly basis. Once a year we make the trek to the Virginia countryside to meet at the divine studio of Connie Condrell.

Usually Connie makes quite an effort to attend our meetings that are closer in to Washington and Baltimore. Never having gone to her studio before this weekend, though, I’d now say that visiting her studio is well worth the trip! Here it is from the outside:

outside view

All those windows make it nice and bright, plus she’s surrounded by nature. As you enter the door there’s a lovely sitting area to the right.

sitting area

She has a well stocked bookcase, and uses the back of it as extra design wall space. Let’s take a look at the length of the room.

straight back

As you can see, it’s very spacious. The skylights and ceiling lights mean the lighting is always good. Connie went to art school, and the back design wall is full of wonderful samples made in many different media. This photo doesn’t adequately show it, but between Dominie and the back wall is a 4’x8′ cutting table.

Here’s the group looking at the main design wall. Marina Baudoin is taking a close look at some work brought by LInda Strowbridge. Clockwise around the circle are Karen Schulz (to Marina’s right), Dominie Nash, Linda Strowbridge, Connie Condrell, Susan Callahan, and Cathy Kleeman. Susan Walen, Ann Graham, Misty Cole and Debra Gabel were unable to make it

group with design wall

Continuing to turn toward the left you can see the front of the studio, as well as the table (behind Susan) where Connie’s sewing machine resides. Susan Callahan is sharing the work on the design wall with us. She had another very interesting piece that I cropped out as it might be entered in an exhibition.

Work on design wall ©Susan Callahan
Work on design wall ©Susan Callahan

So how about looking at some more of what everyone shared? I didn’t photograph everything, but here are a few pieces that might interest you.

I *love* Connie’s Family Reunion. She quilted the entire piece using variegated thread. This was very effective, as the dark portions of the thread faded into the background and made the quilting appear even more intricate.

Family Reunion ©Connie Condrell
Family Reunion ©Connie Condrell
Detail Family Reunion ©Connie Condrell
Detail Family Reunion ©Connie Condrell

Marina Baudoin brought this arresting quilt. Again, I really like how she quilted it. The quilting gives so much movement to the piece.

©Marina Baudoin
©Marina Baudoin

Linda Strowbridge shared an interesting study based on photos of construction debris and graffiti.

©Linda Strowbridge
©Linda Strowbridge

Here Dominie Nash discusses two pieces that incorporate vintage linens. Their texture, drape, and transparency add an air of mystery to the compositions.

dominie
Work on design wall ©Dominie Nash

Thank you for joining me on this little jaunt to Connie’s beautiful studio. I’m already looking forward to the next meeting we have there!

 

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