Over the years, I have made lots–probably more than necessary–blue and white quilts. I didn’t do this intentionally. I love all colors, and most of my quilts are a testament to that statement.
Okay, while I do frequently say I LOVE all colors, that isn’t entirely true. In all honesty, who really likes those horrible home decor colors of the 1980s? That faux forest green and puke pink combo is, well, a sort of nadir in the world of color combinations.
I found some examples of what I’m talking in an article on the Huffington Post titled “10 Reasons Why The 1980s were the Ugliest Decade for Everything”.
I will say before I more on, this color talk has me thinking, I really should write some more posts about color and how it is an undeniably important aspect of beautiful work.
Shotgun or Quilt is the one of my first original designs. I drafted the feathered star center and all of the other borders on the quilt except for the final large border–those blocks were part of a Mystery Quilt pattern. This is the only photo I have of this quilt, and boy do I regret that. The quilt helped raise $5,000 dollars to cover a dear friend’s medical expenses. There were two prizes in the raffle. This quilt and shot gun. Now, that’s an Alaskan fundraiser.
It is a Mystery Quilt. While the top was finished years ago, I just recently quilted it as part of last year’s Great Alaskan Quilt Out.
It is based on an exercise about getting small. Many students do this once and never again. I have returned to it many times making entire compositions out of micro-texture. The pieced “blocks” in Ablation are composed of four pieces and are about each one inch in size.
Force Field is an early Color Grid. There are many ideas in this quilt I would like to revisit.
Deep Blue Sea was made to be a grid that is a part of larger grid which was displayed at the Bellevue Art Museum’s Biennial High Fiber Diet.
It was the first quilt I made using only solar power at our cabin in McCarthy, Alaska. You can read about that experience here. I really feel Solar Blue is a culmination of my years of studying patchwork as a basis for figure-ground composition. If you look closely, you will see bits of the other blue quilts making appearances in Solar Blue.
It is one of my all time favorite pieces. Of course now I have to do something with the scraps from that quilt!