This did not come together easily. I am pleased with the results, mostly. But the journey was bumpy. I am not sure if that mood is reflected in the quilt, or even if I want it to be. And yet, I'm spilling my feelings here.
I didn't finish this until yesterday evening. Too late to take a picture with any good light. And it's raining this morning, so still no good light. Maybe that's the metaphor here, "no good light."
My life is full of repetition; some of it is comfortable and meditative, and some is monotonous and maddening. Lots of hand stitching reflects this reality. I am continually seeking balance in my life. As I worked on the basic design for this quilt, I kept trying to add just a bit of dynamic asymmetry, but I just couldn't do it. If the only thing I can really control is the composition of this quilt, then I'm going to make it balanced.
That blue, branchy piece came from the "free" bin at On Board Fabrics in Edgecomb, Maine. My art quilt friends and I shopped there when I visited in October. Kathy and I both grabbed several of these pieces in red, green and blue and challenged each other to use them. (Here is her version, in progress. She used the backside of the green piece.) Recently, I was desperately trying to fit the fabric into another much larger quilt I am working on. It really wasn't working and I finally had to give in and let it go. (You're reading into these larger life metaphors, right?) I'm happy to have salvaged it for this piece.
I completed two other pieces for this "colorplay" challenge. I'll post them on my blog. It was difficult picking one for the official 12x12 reveal. This one has the nicest details, I think. As much as I try to simplify and let the work sit comfortably in spareness, I enjoy digging in. I like finding ways to add interest in the openness.
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.