Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Twelve by Twelve is happy to join Carrefour Européen du Patchwork in celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014. Brenda and Françoise will meet up in Alsace, France and all 144 Colourplay works will be on display in from 18-21 September. In addition, Brenda is curating a special exhibit of Australian quilts and will be teaching two one-day classes - Serendipity Circles and Stacks of Improvisation. We look forward to meeting some of our European readers.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Deborah's work Rocks, Rivers and Rooftops incorporates many of her favorite motifs and techniques: the houses, the hand embroidery, handwriting as surface design, a painted stenciled twig and the arch over the top of the suggested landscape. You can read the surprising back story to this piece on Deborah's blog and learn some of these techniques yourself in Deborah's new online workshop called Branches, Buds and Blossoms Fabric Collage.
Karen stitched a piece of fabric with wool felt underneath to shrink it up for texture. After bleaching, she overdyed it a very pale blue, which took away the cream color. Raised circles, created with buttons, adds extra interest.
International Quilt Festival, Houston in person, be sure to check out the following exhibits that also features works by some of the Twelves:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
We have had the BEST day with Karen and Ted! I adore them both. They are funny, loving and gracious.
We're feeling the love. Congratulations on making Twelve by Twelve history!
PS: If you look carefully, you can see Peter and Ted (with the cap) reflected in the background of the photo.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge is available from a range of suppliers including Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Check out your favourite store.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
This is "In Light Of" from the gray challenge of the ColorPlay Series. The white bare tree shape was created with a freezer paper stencil. It's very similar to the tree from the workshop sample.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
So far the Colorplay Series has been exhibited in the United States, England, Australia and New Zealand and we are excited to announce that the exhibition continues on tour to Europe. You can view all 144 Colorplay quilts at :
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Brenda's contribution is somewhat reminiscent of her quilt from our Color Play Series, Lorikeet theme, Lorikeet Circus. At least they are both inspired by birds! You can read more about the creation of this quilt on Brenda's blog post. I love Brenda's brilliant way of making a quilt seem both organized and spontaneous!
Helen's SAQA auction quilt is a small version of her spectacular Brick Lane quilt. There are several videos about the process of creating this quilt on Helen's PlanCreateSuceed blog. I just love all the elements in this quilt and how thoughtfully they are combined.
Section 3 - September 23 at 2:00 Eastern - $750
Section 3 - September 24 at 2:00 Eastern - $550
Section 3 - September 25 at 2:00 Eastern - $350
Section 3 - September 26 at 2:00 Eastern - $250
Section 3 - September 27 at 2:00 Eastern - $150
Section 3 - September 28 at 2:00 Eastern - $75
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Terry and I just finished hanging the quilts at Quilt Expo. They look so beautiful and are already getting rave revues from those setting up at the venue. The show does not open until Thursday, but we are very happy to have them hanging and ready for the opening. The above photo was taken before I added the signage. You can click it to see a larger view.
On the other side are Maverick and Sweet.
Terry and I will be around some on Thursday. On Friday, we will do a floor talk at 12 noon.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
If you can't make it to Portland, the rest of 2013 is jammed packed with all sorts of events and exhibitions featuring work by various Twelves. Check out the Forthcoming Exhibitions listing on the website and blog sidebar.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
On 2 September 2007, Diane sent out an e-mail head "NEW Small Quilt Challenge:Wanna Play?" and, within a couple of days, the first items started appearing on this blog.. We went on to share our project in hundreds of posts and to create 348 works for three series: the Theme series (2007-2009), Colourplay (2009-2011) and the 2012 Series. Along the way, we wrote a book Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge and staged an international exhibition tour that continues in 2013:
- see the 2012 series at Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, USA 19-21 September 2013: and
- the Colorplay Series tours next to AQS Quilt Show, Des Moines, Iowa, USA 2 – 5 October 2013..
Here's looking at you Twelves!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
- Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK: 8-11 August; and
- International Quilt Convention Africa: 6-8 September 2013.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
virtual galleries on the Midsomer Quilting website. This year the challenge is "Film/Movie". Entries close on 2 November (see the rules). It's fun to see other challenges.
By the way, Colourplay will next be on display in the United States at:
Thursday, July 18, 2013
In other Twelve news, check out the new August/September issue of Quilting Arts magazine that features an article by Terri about how she sketches and creates her whimsical story quilts with layers of colour and pattern.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Midsomer Quilting, Chilcompton, near Bath, United Kingdom 18-22 July 2013. Here is your invitation!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
FREE STUFF page.
Monday, May 27, 2013
While there I was asked to participate on a panel discussion about how we came to this point in our artistic lives to enter Quilt National, and I want to quote a few things I said in my talk
"Backtracking for a moment, in 2007 I was asked to join an online group called Twelve by Twelve, The International Art Quilt Challenge , started by Diane Perin Hock."
"Twelve by Twelve was one of those aha moments in my life. I was able to focus on a small piece of work, try out new techniques, and even in a last minute panic, experiment with something purely on instinct."
"...the group was supportive in every way, like a nurturing mother. I think that's just what I needed at the time to build confidence in my artwork"
So thank you Twelves, for helping me to this point in my artistic career.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Then one day I was tidying up some boxes of scraps and bits and this sample Maasi warrior fell out onto the top of the sweet map.
Ta-Dah! Of course.. it needed a man. That much should have been absolutely obvious from the outset. Mostly because the quilt is about the story of how the government are taking the land of the Omo tride in Southern Ethiopia to make sugar plantations. The maps shows their current land and how much will be affected by their forced relocation.(Read more here). For me the stories in my quilts are always about the people and their lives. Not the landscape. So, how I didn't think to add an Omo tribesman with his traditional body paint I will never know.
Especially as the first page in my Studio Filofax, which I open almost every day, is, um, a picture of an Omo tribe family.. (Doh!)
And the great irony is that this most hated and loathed quilt is now my favourite of my 20/12 series!
Time will do great things.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The live webinar is TOMORROW May 22 at 11:30 am EST. If that fits your schedule and you're interested in hearing all kinds of things about sheer fabrics and the cool ways you can use them in your artwork, you should register! You'll get an email confirmation right away, then you just log in tomorrow. If you can't attend tomorrow, but are still interested, register anyway and you'll get a code to download the audio and video of the webinar anytime you like.
One of the cool things about webinars is that anyone anywhere can join in. I think it's just amazing that our 12x12 project has fans all over the world and I'm excited that some of you might be able to join me tomorrow.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Be first in line to reserve your tickets, schedule your classes, and secure your seat for special events - all from the comfort of your computer. Registration opens to the public on May 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. central time.
See www.aqsshows.com/AQSGrandRapids/ for more information.