It's always difficult to decide "what represents me?" and "what will they most enjoy seeing?" Since I had visited the group a couple of months ago to show my art quilts, I took some that represent my journey from traditional to art quilter.
This seldom seen quilt is a sampler of quilt patterns executed in 14-count Aida using 6 strands of floss, with each X crossing two squares in each direction. Daughter Linda and I started the blocks in the early 80s and I quickly saw that they were too pretty for a "non-quilter" to attempt, so I became a quilter and never looked back. She and I hand-quilted it and it won blue ribbons in two shows. Neither of us can display it as long as we have cats. One of the ladies quickly volunteered, "I don't have cats."
|Cross-stitch Sampler, 1991,|
|Friendshp Tree, 2005, 80" x 91"|
A friend let me quilt it on her longarm machine after I had tried a few of our guild's children's quilts. I quilted swirly clouds in the sky, changing thread colors as necessary, all the while with a friend directing me "up here, now over here, go left, come this way" as I drove the machine. Looking back, all the help I received gives a whole new meaning to "friendship tree."I really love thread-painting, and this piece contains that and some other techniques. It started out as thickened dyes on white fabric. After dyeing the leaf design, I wanted stronger colors and thread-painting was the perfect solution to enhance the design. A curvy inner border helped disguise the pulling caused by the heavy stitching; the edge was finished with a curved binding, also fused.
|Sycamore Leaf, 2009, 19" x 20"|
|Sycamore Leaf, back|
|Migration, 2011, 36.5" x 35"|
|Galaxy, 2010, 37" x 24"|