A Walk Through Hartwick Pines

9 Mar 2011
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This is a smaller version of the original quilt I made for a local art show.  The original quilt sold a week before the show.....and I had to make another.  The quilt was awarded a second place.  The judges didn't like Karen the bear.....and that is okay because I was trying to create the feeling of walking through the woods.  When you walk through the woods you see lots of birds, chipmonks, flowers and hopefully, not Karen the Bear!   

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Lindy101 wrote
on 9 Mar 2011 7:46 AM

Oh! You portrayed Lady Slippers and Trilium! Such torture to see these summer beauties while it is snowing, again, outside my window! I like the use of your border, too. Thanks for sharing.

Anne lundy wrote
on 9 Mar 2011 12:35 PM

Congratulations on your quilt !   I love the bear, my husband &  I do alot of outdoors,  camping and fishing and see alot of bears .  Great job ! 

on 9 Mar 2011 2:32 PM

Peggy, I think I have told you this before, but I'll say it again.  I love Karen.  She adds interest and she is the darkest thing in the picture, which adds contrast.  Also, I love the cardinals and the pine tree on the horizon.  Very well done!

Peggy Szasz wrote
on 9 Mar 2011 5:11 PM

Thank you all for your comments.....Deborah, I love Karen the bear and the story that goes with her....she is now dead, but her children live on in the Hartwick PInes.  I had to bite my tough when a lady called Karen a dark blotch on the quilt.  I thank you for all your guidance with the original Hartwick PInes quilt. And I thank you for giving me a critic of this quilt and Karen the bear.  The quilt now lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I am a super happy quilter.  Thanks everyone for taking a look and giving me input.  Peggy

meta1 wrote
on 11 Mar 2011 3:02 AM

Isn't it funny, the bear hiding behind the tree! 

Peggy Szasz wrote
on 11 Mar 2011 4:41 AM

I thought the quilt would represent everything springing to life in the forest....including Karen the bear. 

hpthecat wrote
on 13 Mar 2011 6:51 PM

I didn't really notice Karen the Bear until I got to that part of your description. Mostly I am pulled into the center of the scene, as you were successful in showing dimension. But I don't find the bear a distraction or detraction. Maybe a little racoon peeking out from behind the tree inviting us into the scene? Overall though-- it is really a nice peice and I am glad you got some recognition for it!

Peggy Szasz wrote
on 14 Mar 2011 4:23 AM

There is a chipmunk sitting on the fallen tree in the forefront.  And then there is a squirrel that is quilting on the lower border.  I quilted the squirrel instead of applique it,  so that the quilt would not be too busy....but the squirrel is there.  Thanks everyone for your comments.

on 8 Feb 2013 9:44 AM

This is such a beautiful quilt. I wish you would sell prints of this. I would love to hang one in my home.