Thursday, June 22, 2023

On Exhibit - Week of July 2, Gullen Lounge, Silver Bay YMCA

 I'm thrilled to be presenting an exhibit and talk at the Silver Bay Association on July 5 at 7 pm. 

Quilting, Art & Solitude:  

A casual conversation with Elizabeth Sylvan

I will be showing small works featuring landscapes, flowers, and pieces from my new series exploring glass and light.  These art quilts are intended to delight the eye and quiet the mind while recalling that moment of solitude when the viewer feels connected to the natural world.

Below are samples from the exhibit that will be hanging in Gullen Lounge the week of July 2.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Reflections in the Hirshhorn Fountain


Three years after completing the first sample for this piece, it's finished!  This is based on my photo of  reflections in the fountain in the plaza of the Hirshhorn Museum, in Washington, DC, which features modern and contemporary art.  The museum windows encircle the plaza and reflect into the pool in the center, creating a wonderful moving grid of white and blue.  The finished quilt contains roughly 2000 individually fused and stitched pieces of cotton and is 50" x 24".  Those of you who are local probably saw it in the Hands All Around Quilt Show at Hampshire College back in April, where it won best wall quilt.  I think maybe I'll try a green one next.   

Friday, July 23, 2021


 Working on adding pea vines... not quite done, 'cause I need to go out for more pink and purple thread, but really close!  

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Monday, July 5, 2021

Bare Branches

 The tree has been machine appliqued in place and is ready for it's foliage! Gonna also stitch some grasses abound the roots and threshold to plant and anchor them.  

Friday, June 11, 2021

Tree choices

 The questions of the evening are...

Thin tree or thicker tree?  And, willow foliage or regular deciduous foliage for it? (The flat brown color is just a place-holder.  The actual bark will be warm mottled brown.) The tree on the right go a little cropped, so see the b&w sketch below for the full shape.

full trees side by side for comparison

Monday, May 31, 2021


 This is Calypso, she's such a good helper!  The sky is quilted (and my arms are stiff because I'm out of practice quilting larger pieces).  Time to start thinking about the tree that'll go next to the door.