I wish this quilt block had a better name–Flowering Snowball–well, it is kind of hokey, but there you have it. It is a solid quilt block with lots of potential, and I am going to get over the name and see what I can make happen next.
This journey started last fall in Nancy Crow’s class Potpourri II. I was stubbornly insisting that I use a traditional quilt block as my starting point–Nancy threw up her arms and walked away. This was our truce. An unknown student made this flyer which really says it all. It drove Nancy quite crazy trying to figure out who did it. If you really want to know who the trickster is, you can by clicking here.
And if you want to read more about those particular two weeks at the barn you can by clicking on these posts-
I had been working with straight lines in my Color Grid series which is based on the traditional quilt block Squares and a Square.
Here are my initial sketches in fabric.
I decided for the assignment, I would blow one Flowering Snowball block up to massive proportions–90 inches by 90 inches and fill in the elements of that one block with interesting piece work–stripes, lines, dots, triangles. This is as far as I got before it was time to go home.
The next year included two solo shows, an Alaska State Council on the Arts Conference, a Rasmuson Fellowship, a group show where I had to produce a solo show worth of work, a two month residency in Charlotte, North Carolina, and, of course, there is a family with a husband and three boys some where in that frenzy of stitching.
But all of that is in the rearview mirror, and I am ready to get my snowball on.
But before I do that, I need to back up a bit. In the fall of 2011, I took my first online class with Lisa Call called Working in a Series. If you haven’t taken a class with Lisa, you really should. She guides you towards being the artist YOU want to be. Out of that first class came my chair series. You can see all of them on my website, but here are few of my favorites.
I am currently enrolled in Lisa’s Master Class. In my mind, this class is really about Lisa coaching each of us to reach our potential in the way we want to reach it. Lisa has just created self-guided versions of several of her classes. She offered her Master students the opportunity to be her guinea pigs for these classes. She would work out the kinks, and we would get the opportunity to experience the class. I choose Working in a Series again, because I wanted to jump start this Snowball series, and I knew I could do it by using Lisa’s assignments as a launching point.
We are encouraged to create parameters for our work–both in what our subject matter is and in how we will approach our studio time. I decided that my series would be entirely focused on working with the Flowering Snowball quilt block.
After sketching and making a maquette, the next assignment is to work with color. Well, that is one of my favorite things to do. This morning I finished my first version.