Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing Stitched, the film at my local library. Stitched is a fun-filled documentary following three well-known quilters -- Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain, and Randall Cook -- as they design their quilts, submit applications and then race to complete them for the 2010 International Quilt Festival in Houston. See more about Stitched by clicking on the link.
(I just had to show this gorgeous sweatshirt jacket one of the ladies was wearing...
she's a quilter, naturally!)
The film's director Jena Moreno presided over the showing and had a Q&A session afterwards
She indulged me by showing the back of her t-shirt!
Jena (alas, not a quilter), an award-winning Houston Chronicle reporter whose colorful stories bring her subjects to life, has interviewed everyone from presidents to street merchants. She spends her free time making documentaries and travel shows.
A little bit of history about the library which sponsored the film (I was standing way too close to get a good picture)...
Petworth Neighborhood Library opened in January 1939. It's a two-and-a-half story Georgian Revival-style building designed by the D.C. Municipal Architect Nathan C. Wyeth. Last year the library was closed while it went through an extensive renovation with the idea of keeping its historic facade rather than tearing down and building from scratch. It reopened in February this year.
One nice new feature of the renovation is this map on the floor showing a layout of the city:
isn't it great!? It looks much better in real life.
The newly renovated building is now flooded with light; the basement community room (where we saw the film) which used to be a garage storage space was expanded and can now sit over 100 people; and the cupola, which was in the original architectural plans, was finally added.
Things are looking up!
Sew forth and sew on til later...