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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Opening the Art Quilt World

I've been working on finishing up a small UFO today and yesterday. As usual, I'm trying to use the Miami Valley Quilt Guild's show (which will be Friday and Saturday at the Green County Fairgrounds in Xenia, OH) in order for me to complete projects which...well, need completing.

In addition, this was a challenge for the Batty Binder's Quilt Guild in Troy which I started 4 years ago. If I get it all done (binding and label) by tomorrow's meeting, I'll get a raffle ticket for a gift certificate for a local shop. So...I'm killing two birds with one stone.


This month has been a prolific one for quilting as the weeds in my garden can attest. On April 15, I completed this little piece (15" square) for the Quiltart Quincenero (it should be Quincenera, but they kept on calling it by the masculine form) challenge. Quiltart, a network for art quilters on line, just turned 15 this year and I signed up for the challenge.

We were supposed to show how Quiltart has touched us. I haven't been reading it long, but I used techniques I picked up from this group. The background is one I snow-dyed (more on that later) as is the blue for the world. The gown of the figure is rust dyed, also learned from the network.

The internet is represented by the netting in the background---the net bag from three pounds of onions. The hands are done with Derwent Inktense pencils which I learned about through the group as well. The continents are made from antique blocks (really nasty ones) dating from 1910 to 1960 which I cut up and repieced and cut up and then appliqued.

The antique blocks are supposed to show a link to the traditional roots of quilting. The world is opened up through the work of Quiltart and the muse is released.

I haven't seen that the quilts are posted yet....and I'm not even sure if I should be sharing yet...but gosh darn! The hands are a bit funky....but I used my daughter holding a ball of the appropriate size and that's the best I could do. Hands can be really strange to draw sometimes....

3 comments:

Shady Character said...

Such layers (yes, pun intended) of meaning! I think the hands look fine. I hope you get the shop gift certificate. You must be getting really low on fabric by now ;)

Michigoose said...

HAH! You're so right Shady, but I do go through needles like a house on fire. I couldn't believe that one of my applique needles bit the dust...pitted along the shaft and dull...no amount of emery could restore it.

Jessica said...

Awesome! I love how you re-purposed the onion bag :D