I must admit that I really struggled with this challenge topic! I started thinking about this from the day that Gerrie announced this theme, but I couldn't settle happily on an idea. I have pages of sketches, and I spent a lot time just thinking and imagining various directions. But it took me quite a while to settle on the metamorphosis I wanted to depict, and here it is: the evolution of an art quilter.
Once I settled on the idea of some traditional pieced quilt blocks morphing into something nontraditional, wonky, and fused, I had fun sketching out ideas. The log cabin block was a natural choice for the ultimate traditional block -- and of course, from there it seemed fitting to have the logs deconstructing into a wonky cabin with a loose take on the traditional red center square. I even found in my stash some bits of really traditional fabrics that seemed suitable for the log cabin blocks, and then I pulled more modern hand-dyed and batik fabrics for the abstracted landscape.
I also had fun starting with straight line, grid based machine quilting (which I suppose could thematically have been hand quilting) and having it evolve into swirly, irregular quilting.
I totally loved working with this new 12x20 shape and size! The long vertical rectangle created so many new compositional possibilities and I really enjoyed shifting away from an even square. I'm already looking forward to the next challenge!
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.