I had an advantage, I felt, on this theme as I was the one to choose it. As soon as I figured out that the theme would be shelter, I knew what I wanted to do.
I enjoy birdwatching. In order to do that, I feed the birds throughout the year as well as provide nesting houses for them. I always get excited each year when certain birds return to the yard. This year, I think most of my nesting houses remained empty and I know it's because my cats scared the birds away. I can't blame the birds. I even sat the cats down and had a long talk with them about those nesting houses, but evidently it didn't sink in.
I love trying new techniques, and for my quilt I remembered an article by Liz Berg on abstract design that she wrote for Quilting Arts magazine. My background and the grasses and flowers are based on that technique. For the birdhouses, I just had to add some bright color to spice up the quilt.
We are twelve quilt artists who embarked on an art challenge together. We're from different places throughout the world and our artistic styles vary, but we share a love of art quilting and a desire to play, experiment, learn, and grow.
For four years (2007-2011), we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. See our Theme Series and our Colorplay series.
For the 2012 Series, we changed things a bit and made rectangular pieces, 20x12 inches with roughly 10 weeks between each challenge. As before, we had a designated theme for each challenge.
We shared our process, progress, and results on this blog. It remains a key record of our rich collaboration.