My Quilts - 2021
In 2015 I went to Bali and while there found a large fabric shop that had a circle of women demonstrating how to design and print batique fabric. I purchased the central black fabric and the gold fabric in the four large triangles.Fussy cutting the central fabric formed an unexpected black organic design which is mimicked in the solid gold aplique surrounding it and then again in the final border.
Nancy Crow Quilt
If you google Nancy Crow Quilts you will arrive at the website of one of the early art quilters. Many years ago she designed a line of fabric stripes. I bought a yard of the rust and gold and decided it was too beautiful to cut. Then Covid happened and I decided I needed to work with something bright and beautiful, and if not now, when? The other fabric is also stash and similar colors but probably something Nancy would never use. So many straight lines needed circular quilting.
For many years I have owned a 9 degree wedge ruler but never got around to using it, then covid happened. With a 9 degree ruler you cut 40 wedges of strata to form a circle. I have been gathering butterfly fabric for quite a while so I used that as the focus fabric and explored with the ruler. When it all came together there was still a hole in the center so I designed a shape and appliqued it over the opening. When finished it reminded me of a woven basket or dreamcatcher.
Owls and Orcas
For a field trip to escape the house I loaded the dog in the car and took the ferry to the peninsula. We ended up at the Quilted Straight quilt shop in Port Gamble. I cruised the shop and came upon a bolt of red and black fabric named Alaska that I coveted. It was lines of red orcas on a black background. As I usually do I imagined it cut into eight wedges. Later, from the internet, I borrowed some indigenous shapes to form the ring of needle-turned owls before adding another ring of orcas, prairie points and little white buttons to finish the mandala. I enjoy the almost floral designs formed by the negative black spaces in the center of the quilt.