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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dayton Landmarks Quilts: #4 Dayton Skyline

Dayton Skyline by Ronnie Doyal
I have dreaded starting this post.  For one thing, it is the largest slice of all the ones we interpreted in fiber.  For another, the person who had the first slice, the one of the far left didn't get it done. is a little problematic.  In addition, when we hung the quilts at the Schuster, we were at the mercy of the brackets we used to hang them over...there was no fudging to make the quilts be hung close together.  We had to split them into two groups because it would have been too long on one batten...and probably would have required us to use a 2 x 4 in order to support the weight.

So, here are six of the originally planned 7 panels showing the skyline as the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network saw it. When we hang it at the next venues, the two center sections will be closer together.

Kate Burch did the first panel.  I was amused by the fact that so many of the quilters in this group chose to do a pieced background.  Kate's perfectly pieced squares set on point really do give the illusion of a lightly clouded sky from a distance.

When I was looking at the slice photo, I kept on wondering if Kate left us a secret message in script on the trees.

No, it's just shading that she did with her free motion quilting.  I've tried to show you in this closeup still don't see it well.

Ginny Crabtree did this next section. Ginny is one of what I think of as the newer MVAQN members, although I think she joined us about 4 years ago. Ginny has really progressed in her development as an art quilter.

I am particularly taken with Ginny's steeple, and the detail that she used above.

Debra Bentley's section is really fun. I love how she made her sky and the change of shades in the trees. The glass on the building in the foreground is masterful, as is her alignment and handling of the windows in the multi-sided building.

Sara Lynne Walsh is another newer member of the group, who has moved to the Raleigh/Durham, NC area. Our loss. I love her use of masses....she uses large segments of pieces to evoke the image...and her color choices are always dead on. While I am one to add many fussy details, Sara Lynne communicates her ideas in big blocks. I just love it!  Her choice of batik for the sky is also just perfect.

Pam Geisel IS one to add fussy details, and to do it with superb precision. She usually incorporates traditional piecing in her backgrounds, but she adds elements which are perfectly aligned.

Joan Sterr always does interesting work. She, like Kate Burch, made her sky from squares set on point, but Joan uses pieces with more pattern and value changes than Kate did.

Below is a detail showing the ribbon she used for the metal bits and the prints for her trees and sky.

I hope to get the last segment done before we hang the show at our additional venues.  Tomorrow will be the last slice quilt from the current works.


Lisa said...

Beautiful! I absolutely LOVE sliced quilts.

Ellen Lindner said...

Wonderful! I really enjoyed seeing these pieces.

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Perhaps it's just as well the first panel didn't get finished since it had to be split into 2 groups, the three and three works well. I also like the symmetry with the background sky set on point in the first and the last piece.

Lisa Broberg Quintana said...

Thanks, Ellen and Lisa. Pam, I'm not so sure. This is the only venue where it will be split, so the three and three issue isn't really an issue at all....and I look at the balance a little differently. I see that the weight of the evergreen at the left of the photo balances the similar dark green at the right of the image. I also like how the green boxy building at left leads you into the body of the composition.

Madeline said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing these quilts, you have a group of extremely skilled art quilters. I hope the exhibit will travel, and that I might be fortunate enough to see it up close and personal.