We kicked off the Grand Hotel Needlework Conference last night here on Mackinac Island, Michigan with a delightful presentation by Susan Carlson, a fabulous fiber artist from Maine!
She took us on a journey back in time to the beginnings of her quilt making – her mother was a fabulous seamstress and Susan inherited her love of fabric and of sewing from her mother.
Over the years, Susan’s art has evolved from portraits of people, especially of family and loved ones, to other subject matter, namely nature, both whimsical and life like!
Susan is shown here at her book signing table after the lecture last night, in the company of Jerry, who is actually Jackie Compton’s hubby helping her out. Jackie is the person-in-charge of pulling this great event together, and it has been fun getting to know everyone while here.
I took some photos of her wonderful works of art ---and I hope you enjoy them!
Inspired by Susan’s dog, from a photograph. What I love the most about Susan’s work is that she uses the same fabrics that we all do ---printed cottons. Her eye for detail is amazing!
Close up ---isn’t this gorgeous?
She told us that Polka DoDo has over 100 different polka dot fabrics in it. I’m not sure I have that many polka dots in my stash ----but I love how she has used them, just the same fabrics we all use!
Close up of DoDo
Mandala with Dragonflies
I was trying to get photos while crowded around a table with other quilters so I apologize about not having the whole quilt to share. I know you can see more of Susan’s work on her website at SusanCarlson.com
Close up of Dragonfly – check out those eyes!
She loves to do fish – check out this guy!
Close up detail!
I am grateful to have had the chance to see these gorgeous pieces of art up close and person and to get to spend time with Susan while here on the island ---
Classes start today for me. Today we will be deep into checkerboards with Crabapples from my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders!
More fun from Mackinac to follow --- but now, we are heading down to breakfast and getting this day rolling ---