My sister's name is Libby, so any time I hear the name Libby, it gets my attention. Libby Lehman is one of those Libbys. I have not met her in person, but feel like I know her.
In April 2013, Libby Lehman suffered a near fatal brain aneurysm followed by a stroke and was unable to continue her work as a quiltmaker; but she has been able to walk, talk and continue to be the wonderful, witty individual beloved by so many people in the quilt community.
|Libby Lehman in 2014|
Libby and her husband, Lester, recently decided to put the remainder of her works up for auction, and I am thrilled to announce I am the winner of her quilt, "Woodland Chromatics" from 1984.
“Woodland Chromatics” is one of Lehman’s earlier experiments with hue and saturation. It is like the half steps in a chromatic scale in music. Lehman enjoyed searching for the right fabrics to make the transition from warm to cool colors. The search provided a good reason to add to her stash. In my opinion, this quilt is one of the works that clearly indicated Lehman's arrival in the quilt world.
Lehman’s good friend and fellow artist, author, and entertainer Alex Anderson filmed a segment for The Quilt Show, and Lehman explained her organization of threads and her fabric stash. As always, Lehman and Anderson had a great time filming the segment together in Lehman’s home studio in Houston, while sharing information and lots of laughter.
Such a modern looking quilt. Lehman made it in 1984, the year I graduated from high school. I couldn't be more impressed. The quilt is 63" x 63" and is inscribed. And once again, I feel like the luckiest man in the world!