I have a thing for crows and have made quite a few crow quilts, but so far not one for any of my 12 x 12 pieces. I also love, love, love the spicy colors Helen chose for this challenge. I have a lot of good spicy fabrics in my stash to choose from, so I decided to pull some of them for a spicy background, using the fused and over-stitched technique I have been enjoying.
I was comfortably ensconced right in the middle of my comfort zone, both in color and subject matter, but once it was all together it seemed a little lacking. I remembered some wonderful bone beads that I bought a couple years ago for another project and tried adding just a few, including one as the eye of the crow. I am not a big fan of beads on quilts generally, but sometimes they really work. In this instance I think they added just the bits of texture and interest that I needed.
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.