Posts Tagged ‘collaborative art’

A Reminder About Favorite Fabrics

May 10, 2017

The universe took note of my efforts to finish projects quickly and decided to remind me of a few things. The project that I’ve been documenting on Instagram is a collaborative effort. My husband and I saw the hand-dyed solids at the Amador Valley Quilters recent quilt show and thought we could come up with a design together. I actually had the beginnings of a design, and he agreed it could work, but I consulted with him on each round just in case.

Design for us, and for Challenge Project “Deconstructing Stars”

Things went as I planned until the very end. We had decided on a concept for the final border, but not the fabric we would use. I chose to start this way.

This was when I discovered we had different visions of the perfect border

He still liked the concept, but the quilt was getting too dark for him. He suggested a very light – almost white – print. It didn’t work for me. I wouldn’t even take a picture of it, that’s how much I disliked the effect.

Then I remembered what Mary Ellen Hopkins said: “If your quilt isn’t working, take out your favorite fabric.” I also remembered that this quilt was intended to be a collaborative effort, and sometimes collaboration means you start again.

We’ll start again from here

We’ll be auditioning more borders over the next few days, or weeks, or however long it takes to get it right – which is always more satisfying than getting a quilt done quickly.

Luck and wisdom!

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Star Wars Day, and The Mummy

May 4, 2016

May the 4th be with you, and happy Star Wars Day. Have I mentioned that I love made-up holidays?

There actually is a connection to the work I’ve done lately. The next Progressive Party project is about movies. I looked through all of my fabric collections, the ones that I packed in clear plastic bags, hoping for inspiration to strike. I adore movies, but not all the ones I watch over and over can sustain multiple visuals suitable for a quilt made by a committee. Then I came across my Egyptian collection.

I put embellishment options as well as fabric in the bags

I put embellishment options as well as fabric in the bags

“Self,” I said, “you watch the Boris Karloff mummy movie every Halloween. This could work.” The myth of the mummy’s curse started after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Advertisers, artists and even architects started using ancient Egyptian motifs (think Camel cigarettes, Art Deco and the Chrysler building). A good part of classic flapper fashions of the ’20s came from Egypt-mania. If it worked for them, it will work for me. So, I sketched a mummy out for a walk among the pyramids.

Anything is possible with the quilter's secret weapon - graph paper

Anything is possible with the quilter’s secret weapon – graph paper

After a little experimenting, I found a suitable fabric for the ink I wanted to use and the vision I wanted to express. This synthetic blend gives me good texture without letting my pen drawing bleed into a fuzzy mess.

The beginning of another collaborative art project - hurrah!

The beginning of another collaborative art project – hurrah!

Now I get to unleash the creativity of the Progressive Party – and I get to take one of the plastic bags off my shelf.

Luck and wisdom!