It can be tedious searching through old photographs trying to figure out exactly when I started a quilt, but it is totally worth it in the end. I like tracking down this history and sharing it with you.
Many of my quilts are years in the making. They go on and off the design wall for assorted reasons. I can’t figure the quilt out. I’m on deadline for another project. Another quilt demands to be finished first. Life stands between me and my sewing machine.
Now that I’ve started documenting each quilt’s history, the pile of unfinished work doesn’t bother me as much as it used to. As time passes, I see that I do finish many of the best ones.
In the spring of 2012, I signed up to take Lisa Call’s online class Abstraction. I had just finished her Working in a Series class where I had focused on making chair quilts.
I did not know at the time that one of the hardest things to draw is a chair! Drawn chairs need to look like you could actually sit down on them. I really wanted to create a crazy pieced background with a crazy pieced chair. I still want to do this. Someday. Lisa didn’t pay me a cent to say this, but it is true. Lisa Call is the most supportive teacher I have ever had. Her classes get you moving forward with your artwork in a big way. And totally by coincidence, you can still get the early bird special on her fall classes if you sign up by July 31st.
For the Abstraction Class, I decided to keep working with chairs. Chubby, clunky chair legs. Franken Chair. Klee Chair. I can’t believe this, but I actually ripped this apart. And now I want to put it back together. Good luck with that. Note to all of you. Don’t destroy mediocre work. Shove into a storage tote. It may get better with age. Plus, it’s part of your story. And Berry Picking. What? I know. This piece doesn’t look like a chair at all. This quilt looks like Fruit Salad. And Boulevard. And Unfinished Blue Quilt. Which might become a tree quilt. But it really is based on this sketch. One of the things I love about Berry Picking is that the detail shots look like mini-compositions. The quilt is small so once the hanging sleeve and label are on, there is not much quilting to look at, but I know you all like to see the backs of quilts–I do too.
And now for the very best thing about Berry Picking. Feel free to use your finger tips to create a drum roll.
The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank (ACAB) purchased this quilt for their collection! The ACAB is a lending collection comprised of artwork by Alaskan artists. It was created to serve as a lending library. State of Alaska agencies and departments, legislative offices, and the university system can check art work to display in their offices and buildings for the general public to enjoy. Since 1975, the ACAB has acquired 700 pieces of art. From the 300 pieces submitted this year, ACAB purchased 11 new works and Berry Picking was one of them.
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