What a fantastic color palette Francoise challenged us with this round. As soon as I pulled out my scrap fabric stash in these colors, I saw a lovely combination of color.
Because blue comes in many different shades and tones, I thought it would be fun to play with more than one. My scrap baskets tend to be overflowing most of the time and I think that I could easily create several 12” x 12” quilts just in this color palette.
I only made one and this is it. I’d had an idea rolling around in my head for a while on a way to use up scraps of fabric. I love the look of collage and remembered as a child how we would tear up papers and glue them all down to form a design or cover an object. This technique, also known as decoupage, has a very scrappy look and I wondered how I could recreate that in fabric. So with some small pieces of fabric, Mistyfuse, and batting, I made the attempt and came up with my Stacked Blueware quilt. I was thrilled with the results and have continued to play with the technique since and have plans for many more.
I love the mosaic feeling it gives and it’s fun to scrounge for the perfect fabric color to achieve the right bit of lightness or shadow. I also used some black and white textile paints to further play up the shading and highlighting.
I free-motion stitched over the entire piece. I also added a couched novelty yarn around the outer edge.
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.