You know how when you're traveling, you start out following the map, and then you take one side road and next thing you know, you're somewhere you never expected to be?
Well, on the way to my Map quilt for the May 1 challenge, I stumbled onto a reference to the "Hollywood Freeway Chickens." That led me to the story of how, back in 1969, a poultry truck overturned on the Hollywood Freeway in Southern California, releasing over 200 live chickens onto the road. Many escaped and fled into the roadside brush, and took up residence in the bushes growing along a nearby on-ramp. They were even fed for years by a chicken-loving elderly lady, who sprinkled chicken feed through the chainlink fence so they wouldn't go hungry.
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.