Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book Release Celebration!
Introducing Chapter 2: Chocolate & Nikki

Twelve by Twelve Theme Series by Nikki Wheeler
We are so excited about our new book, "Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge" we couldn't stop our celebration at just one day.  Joining in the party is simple -- every day we will pose a new question about art, quilting, inspiration and community.  Leave us an answer in the comments and you will be entered in a drawing for free copies of our book.  Feel free to come every day, as every comment counts as a separate entry.   The book drawing is closed.  Stay tuned for the winner details.
Chocolate Desire by Nikki Wheeler
Throughout our Theme series we chose a wide variety of topics from concrete objects like "Chair" to abstract ideas like "Identity".  Which of the 12 themes did you like best (or which one did you find most inspiring)? Did you make a quilt from it?

36 comments:

nicolette said...

I liked the dandelion best and inspiring, though I never made it into a quilt. Dandelions remember me of my childhood walks through the country fields.

lag123 said...

I love ocean dreaming. I am a beach person and this theme is very soothing to me.

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Beverly said...

Chocolate, of course- dark and bittersweet!!

Lisa Flowers Ross said...

I made play-along pieces for the dandelion, chair, chocolate, water and identity themes. I really like my identity piece. The chocolate piece was perfect for donating to a Valentine's auction and the water piece was more political than I usually am.

wlstarn said...

I think my favorite might be the identity series, although I also liked the one with Terry's lanterns and the one with Gerrie's chairs. Hard to pick just one!

Gina said...

Tough choice as all the themes were terrific but I'd pick 'identity' as it immediately takes my mind on a whirl of ideas. The 'twelve' did such a fantastic job of every theme that I have favorite quilts in every category.

Carla said...

My favorite changed frequently and I almost always went back to Dandelion. There is just something magical about it. Each theme had a favored piece for me and I am pleased that it was never the same artist.

Judi said...

I have two favorites--dandelions and chairs. The dandelions would have been a real challenge to develop and create.

gill said...

Can I choose two??
Dandelion and shelter - I love the ethereal quality of dandelion clocks and I adore houses in any shape or form!

Janet said...

Pick just one?? Well then it would have to be chocolate.. I need my daily fix(dark).. Although I did not make a quilt I did play around quite a bit with this theme as well as many others.

JB said...

I have just made my first 12 x 12 fiber arts creation for a local art show coming up in May. I felt that the "chairs" theme was my favorite because of the uniqueness of how the chairs were depicted. However I think the most creative was the last theme challenge "12". No two depictions of this theme were even closely related.

Petra said...

Beautiful your book! It must be so special to make a book?!
I am a member of one of the look-a-like Twelve by Twelve.
We are Artfor12 from the Netherlands. and a couple of weeks ago we had our first exhibition. It was fantastic.
If want you can take a look at our weblog
http://artfor12.blogspot.com/
Thank you very much for your inspiration! Petra

Jeannie said...

I had a hard time choosing just one, so I chose 2 - chairs and illumination. There, I have written it and can't change it! I really liked chocolate, shelter, identity, .....

Melissa said...

I loved your water theme, but then they were all really interesting. I never did make any quilt though...

Julie said...

For me Water and Chocolate resonate. I am constantly drawn to water as a theme, especially the sea, and my quilt for FOQ last year included water. I made several journal quilts on the same theme but sadly not as a direct result of 12x12. Congratulations on the publication of the book.

Createology said...

Day two for the book winning. Yay! I am really loving this chocolate 12x12 however now I am really craving the edible version.

Renate said...

Must I pick just one? Each and everyone of the theme series has its own special qualities. However if I had to pick just one, it would be shelter with my favourite in that theme being First Shelter. It made me feel like I was truly inside a cave.

Beth said...

I like the less-tangible themes, like shelter and identity. I haven't made any quilts based on those themes yet, but you've sparked many hours of daydreaming and introspection.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Lindi said...

I loved all the themes, so it is hard to pick just one. I loved what you came up with in Dandelion, but thought Chocolate would have been a little more challenging to make it interesting to the viewer. You all succeeded, so I guess I would pick Chocolate.

Deborah said...

I also enjoyed all the themes. Stand outs were chair, water, identity and shelter. However, I'll put 1 vote on the abacus for mathematics. Showing my bias!

Bev Longford said...

Every new series was my favorite but if I must choose it was the chairs, really loved Gerrie's. This inspired me to try some abstract work, using printing and stamping.

Bev

Jackie said...

chocolate of course!

Margherita said...

Again would have to be chocolate. A couple of us loved your quilts and idea so much, we haven't made one .... we've started a whole group here in New Zealand. fantastic work ladies and it always amazes me how with different backgrounds how the art is so cohesive when bought together. thanks and keep up the good work.

Bec Clarke said...

I love the word "Illumination" it can be taken in so many ways from the literal of lighting something up to the mind factor of realisation of something. it was the most inspring one for me.

Linda Robertus said...

Chocolate and Passion! (good combination!)

Bev said...

Couldn't choose a favourite topic. They are all inspiring in their own ways.

CarolynPhi said...

Diane's Dandelion-themed quilt is my overall favorite...so far; but Nikki's Chocolate-themed quilt just blew me away!!! Studying it gave me a major chocolate craving!!!

Carolyn In So Cal

Vicki said...

i love diane's water piece

leafygal said...

Most were inspiring but I just love plants and Dandelions are so ethereal. I also love French knots and the two just go together

Cindy Ericsson said...

I enjoyed reading the posts related to the "Community" theme the most. "Chairs" was also a favorite theme, because I have a passion for buying and recovering old chairs.

Dotti said...

I loved the mathmatics theme...it was fun to see how everyone would visualize such an abstract concept!

Exuberant Color said...

I liked chair the best

magsramsay said...

Water - many of my pieces are seascapes.
Also Dandelion ,despite trying to eradicate them from my crazy paving
As a botanist I don't do plant quilts on the whole (too much like the day job)

Anonymous said...

I " Like Water and( for ) chocolate . Hmmmm could be the name of a movie.
So far I haven't created anything from the themes but something is in there percolating :)
Marsha in va beach

oregonjudy said...

Coming from a farming community, I'd have to pick dandelion since they were such a pain. I loved the feeling of airiness.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

I loved the brown sage and blue challenge. I think the results were so cohesive as a group and loved that color palette. It is very hard to choose one as they were all exciting
and so artistically interpreted.