Winnie O’Shaughnessy is currently showing her “Landscape Journey,” a series of quilted fabric scenes, at Mountain Top Music Center, located at 111 Main Street in Conway Village, NH. The quilt show may be viewed this fall, now until November 15th, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. On hand is a notebook describing how each quilt evolved, many times from a photograph of a place she has visited while fly fishing with her husband, Dick. She has always loved to sew, but her interest began to center around quilting when she worked for Keepsake Quilting after retiring from teaching at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA in 1996. She began to realize that producing the typical geometric designs of most quilts weren’t particularly satisfying to her, and she started to think of ways to translate photographs of her journeys into fabric as a way of remembering and reliving her trips. She borrowed ideas from books and observations and finally developed a method of her own that satisfies her urge for originality and creativity.
Choosing from a huge stash of fabrics in Nature’s colors as her palette, she loves the challenge of making each scene come alive in all its details. O’Shaughnessy has accepted commissions from people wishing to have her recreate a photograph of their homes as a fabric wall hanging, but also likes giving her quilts as gifts.
She has exhibited at the Tuftonboro Free Library, the Wolfeboro Library, the Andover Library, and at the Ladies of the Lakes Quilting Guild’s recent show. She won “Best of Show” at the Sandwich Fair in 2003 for a scene of the Deschutes River in Oregon. She also created a wall hanging in a “stained glass” style of St. Katharine Drexel for her church.
Winnie and her husband, Dick, live in Mirror Lake where he runs a blacksmith shop.