Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I've Been Keeping Something From You...

I originally made this quilt for our orange theme. I was feeling celebratory about our amazing 12x12 project. I wanted to express my joy about the art and the experience.


It's called Overflowing. After four years of working with the other twelves on this project and 24 small art quilts, I feel my life is overflowing with such an interesting variety of experiences, ideas, thoughts, inspirations, friends and creativity! Certainly worth celebrating, don't you think? 

So I created this wonky jug and filled it with fun stuff and stacked a bunch of this-and-that around it.

That spider-webby ribbon is from my trip to NYC where Kristin and I shopped together at M&J Trim. Isn't it fantastic? That sheer bit with the orange dots was also from our shopping trip in the NYC garment district.


I couldn't resist letting the fish jump out of the jug.
Then I looked at the quilt and I thought I hadn't really used enough orange. I also thought the quilt was kind of wacky. I wasn't sure I really liked it. So I made the hibiscus which I was very happy with.

But now that I look at Overflowing again and write about the ideas that were behind the process of making it, I like it! I hope you do too.

8 comments:

Terri Stegmiller said...

It's definitely a fun and whimsical piece. I think I would have felt the same as you in thinking there wasn't enough orange for the reveal, but it still would have worked.

Gerrie said...

Love it and I certainly share in the celebratory feeling!!

Sally Westcott said...

I love it! So outside the square!

Kristin L said...

I like all the different fabrics in this. Very exuberant.

Brenda Gael Smith said...

The combination of the indigo and goldfish gives it a Japanese feel but it's unmistakably Deborah. I'll be checking champagne bottles for goldfish for a while!

Misty said...

I love that selvage in the corner!

Karen said...

This is great Deborah, it really looks fun and energetic, full of life.

Diane Perin Hock said...

Deborah, this is such a delight! That fish leaping out of the bottle is a wonderful image for overflowing joy and excitement, and your use of orange against the cool blue makes a very exciting palette. What a great use of your textured ribbon, too!