The name City Garden came to me when I was almost done with this quilt. As I looked at it, the gray colors reminded me of pavement, cement, and buildings and these colors/materials are very prominent in a city. The green rectangle seemed somewhat garden-like with its shape. While I've never lived in a large city, I have heard that there are coop or community gardens that people can take part in. It would seem to me to be a rather odd sight to see a patch of green plant-life in the midst of all the gray tones from the streets, sidewalks and buildings.
My quilt is made from both hand dyed and commercial fabrics. I have screen printed a fun, doodled square design onto the hand dyed fabrics. I bleached one of the hand dyed fabrics after it was screen printed and that resulted in the green fabric. It is free-motion machine quilted and hand stitched in the green rectangle area. The vertical hand stitching in the green fabric is meant to resemble rows of vegetables or flowers growing in the garden. White fabric applique shapes (that mimic the screened square design) are fused on the left side of the quilt and free-motion embroidered. I used a faced edge finish.
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.