Monday, November 28, 2011
The Abstract Expressionist quilt is done!
I'm not happy because it's done, as I enjoyed every bit of making it. I can highly recommend Dwayne Wanner's class as a wonderful source of inspiration. I met some wonderful people and kick started myself back into sewing. I'll get a better pic, but at least it shows it's done.
I thought I'd throw in a picture of the inspiration for my getting back on my quilting horse (how's that for mixed) after losing my quiting mojo...what?...3 or 3 1/2 years ago. Can you blame a girl? These pics of Dwayne's quilts were taken at the Halton Quilters' Guild show earlier this year.
Through the Trees by the very talented Kate Conklin of Australia. Normally, I don't use the same fabrics, but I saw the fabrics at Greenwood Quiltery before I saw the pattern and loved the whole thing together. I'd post a pic of my blocks, but they're just...well, blocks, so far. I'll get them together after doing that throw. More machine quilting...Ugh! I'm pretty lousy at it.
More inspiration came my way, however, in the form of Maggie Vanderweit at the One of a Kind Show on the weekend. (What a GREAT show!) I remember my guild hosted Maggie a few years ago when I was on the Programme Committee, so I had the chance to meet her and admired her work. She was at the show, so we chatted for a bit and I remembered why I loved her work so much. It has so many elements I relate to...and her machine quilting's fantastic! I have her upcoming class schedule so I'll see if I can get up to her studio to take a class. We discussed how the only way to be an artist is to make art (I think I'm paraphrasing) but it's true, so....off I go upstairs to quilt now.
I'd love your feedback on my first effort in a few years! If it hadn't been for the great suggestions of classmates, it wouldn't have turned out nearly as nicely as it has. I love when people are generous with specific ideas. It can be a brave thing to give honest criticism.