I am excited to announce that this years Row by Row theme is Sew Musical. As a player of classical guitar the imagery for our contribution was an obvious choice. Besides it being an amazing sounding instrument, the way that the curves of its shape contrast with the grid formed by the frets and the strings has intrigued me from a visual perspective. The great Andres Segovia gave this piece its title, he said, “The Guitar is a small orchestra, it is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.”
We chose the new format of 18 inches square because of its visual impact and the ability of a piece this size and shape to stand alone. Small Orchestra works as a wall hanging or pillow top as well as a block in a larger Row by Row Quilt. We used machine applique and hand embroidery for the strings, but you can easily fuse the applique and put the strings in with the quilting instead.
In addition, since I do play, I will be keeping a guitar at the shoppe for the duration of the Row by Row program and will play for anyone who buys a kit. I am not quite as good as Segovia was, but I do play with the Mid Hudson Classical Guitar Society, and am happy to make some beautiful sounds for you.
This weekend is Memorial Day, and since we are usually closed on Mondays anyway, we will have regular hours over the weekend. In fact, I usually park in front of the store for the parade Monday Morning. If you see me and need something just ask. Here’s hoping for good weather — and some good music.