Work is now started on a version of Dresden Plate using home dec fabrics with a formal feel. Silks, satins, linens, cotton damask and more are used to make the blades of the plate. They will be combined with my hand dyed linens in some sort of traditional arrangement with the non-traditional twist of fabrics. More on this as it develops.
I have always loved the poem by Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, even before the high school literature teacher wanted us to make deeper meaning from it. I continue to associate it with nature and the beauty of all that we have been privileged to experience within that realm. This is one of a series of quilted projects I have made with the emphasis on leaves of many textures and finishes. Nothing Gold Can Stay was also the subject of an artistic piece that my daughter did while in college so I guess there is a familial as well as emotional connection to the words of Frost.
Painted Tyvek, painted fusible web and painted leaves have been applied to a background of my own hand dyed vintage linen. The poem was printed on silk organza and fused to the background then beaded. Quilting was done with both rayon and metallic threads.
The Piecemakers by the Bay 2016 Quilt Show is in the books. As always, there were many beautiful quilts. One part of the show is the guild challenge. This year it was titled Texas Two Step with the following guidelines. Two sides had to be 22″ and it had to also incorporate two in some way, shape or form. Whether that was tutus or tulips or two colors or whatever the imagination dreamed of. Below are the six entries by members who took the challenge. Each is unique in their interpretation and fun to view. Attendees of the show determined the winner by their vote. Since I was in charge of the challenge I can say that each was a winner in their personal interpretation and many complimentary comments were made by attendees.