MFA Boston--Spring into Color: The Artist Demonstration by Anne Gallo and Susan Raban

by Judy Tucker

Four of us went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, today to see the "Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection" exhibit and the special Artist Demonstration being given just this Sunday.

The "To Boston with Love" flags which were made by quilters from around the world to "honor and support Boston" after the Boston Marathon Bombings 12 months ago, are back on exhibit.  They look great.  With the first anniversary of the bombings coming up in a week,  I'm sure Bostonians still appreciate the support.   I know I do!

The Artist Demonstration given today was on Quilt Making. It was given by Anne Gallo and Susan Raban, 2 women who quilt and teach quilting.  We sat in on a session.  They gave the group a talk about basic quilting.  They had some good show-and-tell to illustrate their talk.

They had brought along 2 quilts and one WIP of the same star pattern but in different color ways.  I was tickled when one of the women said she had put the pieces of a block together and then discovered she had placed them incorrectly according to the pattern she was working from.  When she sat back and looked at this variant block, she saw that her "mistake" made a fabulous block, better than the one she meant to make! That "mistake" created a great quilt!! (See below).  I love quilting and quilters!!

This is the black and white color way of that quilt.  They had one in blues and another in cranberry and tans.

This demonstration also had a great hands-on component. They had set up a table with stacks of batiks cut in squares and pre-sewn triangle patches.  Everyone was invited to sit down and create a block with a pattern of their choice.  There was an example of a star block you could copy hanging on a little design wall but the 2 helpers also encouraged folks do whatever they wanted to with the pieces on the table.

My star block right front

Our friend, Patty, who isn't a quilter, had a great time placing the pieces in different configurations.
There was a glue stick on the table so you could glue the pieces in place on a piece of backing fabric to take them home to sew the block together. Here is Patty working on her block and her finished design.


This was a lot of fun and got us in the mood for viewing the exhibit…
I'll take you on my version of the tour in my next post.