This year long journey started as a challenge to myself to create a modern style quilt and has ended in this final piece. Challenging improvisational appliqué, piecing, and many new techniques were practiced. I have learned plenty, and I'm happy with the final product, but have to acknowledge it is a bit outside the box, especially where traditional quilting is concerned. It is a celebration of my joy in 40 years in church music ministry, playing the organ, singing, and teaching music and band in school.
This small art quilt was very loosely inspired by an asymmetric Dresden plate pattern by Lee Monroe. Her pattern has an extra blade, which results in 2 large blades side by side that are the same color. The look is interesting, but also a little odd. I wanted to do something asymmetric using the traditional even number of blades AND I wanted the result to look like the alternating blades were missing, so that you see through to the background. The flowers are paper pieced individually and then appliqued onto the matching background fabric. The background is densely quilted, flower centers are trapunto'ed and beaded to add dimension. The entire thing was a study in 'dimension' -- that is, controlling seam direction, density of quilted, coloring to give a sense of depth.
This is my donation to the SAQA Benefit Auction this year.
Ringo is an English Springer Spaniel born with a cleft palate. With 24 hour care, he not only survived, but thrived. He is a beloved member of his family. His owner gave me permission to design this quilt from her photograph. The portrait Is appliquéd using fusible thread and satin stitching.
This quilt was started by my cousin's mother in law but she passed away before she could finish. My cousin gave it to me to complete. She hand pieced it and I hand quilted it. I've had it for several years as hexagon's are so difficult for me. But it's done and I'll be giving it back to her in July!
This is a confetti pieced art quilt. I lived in England for a few years. This quilt reminds me of the walks I took in the great gardens and Castles. The wall is hand painted pieces each attached individually. My quilt is in my living room I love looking at the path it really brings you in. It has many bags of confetti fabrics I cut for weeks!