Saturday, August 1, 2009

Kitty Love


I struggled with this theme to begin with. When I came up with a plan of action and then executed it, I looked at my results and felt that it didn’t speak of passion. I was ready to set this quilt aside and try again.

Because I made this quilt early on in the time period, I had a lot of time to think about other ideas for passion. I did come up with another idea, but for some reason just didn’t feel all that excited about it. I kept thinking about the quilt I had already made.

So then I started thinking more about my quilt and passion. When I first designed the quilt I was thinking of two people totally in love. They are passionate about their love for each other. Since I’m a cat lover, I thought perhaps I’ll substitute them for people in my quilt. Well after I made the cats and looked at it, it just didn’t look like passion to me.

Then during the time I was thinking of another passion idea and also reading other Twelve’s thoughts about passion, I started realizing that my original quilt could still work. It’s not the passion between the cats that’s important, but the passion I have for cats. I was hung up on portraying passion that I didn’t think about my passion. I think that most pet owners will agree that having a pet in your family is like having furry children and you become just as passionate about them as your own family members.

My quilt was made with a background of nine heart blocks. I made these hearts with a red/pink/cream heart print that I’ve had for a long time. I thought that this fabric and block design would be the perfect passionate background setting. Next I added all the quilted texture. The focal design was then outline stitched in a free-motion technique. Next I painted the design. I finished the edges with couched yarns.


14 comments:

Terry said...

I now think I would know your work anywhere! This piece is adorable--a very sweet kind of passion.

Kristin L said...

These are definitely kitties in love! You've done a lovely job of combining your illustration style with your commitment to fabric. The two blend together so appropriately here. Cute, cute, cute.

Approachable Art said...

Terri, you absolutely made the right choice to let this quilt represent one of your passions- passion comes in many shapes and sizes. :D

Your piece was immediately recognizable. Beautiful!

Gerrie said...

I just love the fabrics in this, The way they are all the same, but different because of the coloration. I just want to keep looking at those adorable kitties in love.

Helen Conway said...

I think this quilt might actually be purring.

Deborah Boschert said...

I am so intrigued by your technique! You pieced it first, then added tons of quilted detail, THEN painted! Wow. It's so unique and effective. Such great dimension and variety of textures. And of course, the kitties are the perfect subject matter.

Brenda said...

I've heard of puppy love but of course there must be a feline variation too. The texture in this piece looks remarkable and I like the naive flower shapes too.

kirsty said...

What a great technique!The texture it creates really has a unifying effect, doesn't it? I like the subtlety of the hearts in the background, just gently there.
I think you are in very good company with your love of cats - it is a popular passion amongst my friends!

Tozz said...

I love your cats in love quilt.....it really is fantastic and the colours and technique is really lovely.

Diane said...

Terri, this is delightful. As usual! I love how your quilt illustrates the passion for each other AND your passion for cats. And it struck me as I was looking at it that it also demonstrates your passion for painting -- you do that so well and it is clearly a big part of your art. The elements -- hearts, flowers, cats, printed fabrics -- work together so wonderfully here.

PAMELA said...

As a cat lover I completely understand your passion! Your image is delightful and the painting/quilting design is beautifully done too. Hope your passion for this type of work continues to grow with you.
Love it!

Nikki said...

Terri, I always love your quilts. Your paintings are so sweet and full of love. I, too, can hear the purring! I also love all the details and texture, how I can see more each time I look.

Karen said...

This is so you and I really like all the detail work, it looks so great in closeup with the stitching all over

Françoise said...

This is very lovely.
I don't know how you manage to paint like this on a pieced background. It's amazing.