This color scheme is a bit of a departure for me. While I love a good blue sky and crisp blue and white traditional quilts, I generally find myself hanging out in the warmer zones of the color wheel when I am working. So this was good. It felt clean and crisp and suitable to the season.
We have had a warmer and sunnier winter than usual this year, which has afforded us frequent views of Mt. Hood, the highest peak in Oregon and, on clear days, the spectacular backdrop to our city. Most winters the mountain is shrouded in cloudy gray and not visible to us for months at a time. There is an atmospheric effect that seems to magnify the mountain on cold, sunny days and it takes your breath away to turn a corner or come up over a rise to suddenly see it, seemingly, right in front of you. So I have known since the color theme was announced, exactly what my subject would be.
I combined two relatively new techniques for me in this piece. I am currently working on a large quilt for an invitational show and decided to use a fused fabric collage technique that I first saw used by fellow Twelve, Terri Stegmiller. It seemed like it might also work for my mountain in giving it a nice loose, but dimensional look. On top of that I "drew" in a loose, doodly way, in black thread. That provided the "little bit of black" to the otherwise totally blue and white piece. (well, there are some little yellow dots on one of the blue fabrics, but I am not counting those!) The tree might give the impression that it is black on first glance, but it is composed from dark blue bits of fabric and stitched with black.
That tree, by the way, is a Douglas Fir, which is Oregon's state tree. So the whole thing is my valentine to my beautiful home state!
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.