Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Yes, I consider quilts 'art.' So that's the end of that debate.
This is a lap quilt I made for my friend Stephany. It's been a LONG time since I made a quilt....a baby quilt for my nephew.....um.....4 years ago? This one was really a challenge because I quilted it with the machine in interlocking swirls. I've quilted quite a bit all by hand. We're talking full-size, 80" wide quilts----hand quilted! I used my machine for this one because I wanted to finish it before the new year and send it off. Fabrics are jacquard, silk, satin, one piece of velvet, etc.
Here's another view. There is a pocket on the yellow area---I slipped a note in there before I sent it to S. Most of these fabrics were recycled from various pieces of clothing that I couldn't or wouldn't wear----yellow chinese silk pajamas, orange embroidered pajamas, a vintage dress in polished silk with yellow polka dots on it, a big black prom dress.
For me, making a quilt for a specific person is my own ultimate way of telling them I care for them. I want to keep them warm, and safe and sleep well and have good dreams.....and so much more. I see quilts as intimate, beautiful objects. My first quilt was a crazy quilt of all recycled fabrics that I made for myself---100% hand sewn---and it changed my life, as I knew it would.
The backing is cotton and here you can see my frenetic quilting! My machine is VERY SMALL so I had to roll areas of the quilt up tight and really cram it under the arm. I had to keep slowing myself down so the stitches would be tight enough....I found that I had to quilt only in a specific area defined by the color of fabric so I could keep a pattern going in one place and not lose control. On the back, the quilting looks very....sectional. But it is kind of cool. I like the way it turned out.
I've never taken a quilting class....it would probably blow my mind to learn all of the techniques I am doing "wrong"...
I'm back in the studio. I've broken through the lethargy that decended after finishing the series of paintings for my show in Anchorage. Now---thinking ahead to the next exhibit! May 2007, and many of you may think that is a long time off......I have 6-10 large paintings to finish for that exhibit and I'm going to need every day of the next 6 months to do it.
Did I mention that I got an art grant! Yay!