I married a Dead Head. I knew this going into the marriage, but I didn’t really know what it meant.
We spent our younger pre-kid years going to music festivals also known as “Following the Dead”. While seeing the Dead was the preferred experience, we attended all sorts of live music festivals in the midwest.
Eventually we migrated north, had children, and settled into adulthood, but my husband is still a Dead Head. This means he is the guy with tie dye t-shirt and Birkenstocks on.
As I am piecing quilts, my husband often makes suggestions about what I should name them. I would say that at least half of my quilts are named by Walt.
This quilt started as a sample for the chapter in my book on triangles.
The chapter is all about triangles and how you can create this shape improvisationally.
It is a just a triangle, but the possibilities are large.
And in some ways, never ending.
One shape–so many options.
You can see it on the right hand side of this cool photo of my studio. This is the one time in recent years that my studio has been cleaning and in order for that to happen, many, many things were moved into hiding.
Unfortunately, I did not finish the quilt in time for it to be included in the book.
Two years later, I put in back on the design wall.
At the same—seriously, within days of each other–these events happened.
1. I received the Cloth in Common < https://www.clothincommon.com/> prompt for our next quilt. The prompt was “Lyrically Inspired”.
2. Walt came into my studio and said “You should name that quilt Lucy.”
I knew exactly what he was talking about.
Music and lyrics are often a source of inspiration for my work.
I love the idea of taking common elements of music— rhythm, pattern, and repetition—and recreating them in cloth.
While, there is no visual evidence of lyrics in my work, I often name my quilts after the titles of musical pieces.
Do a Little Dance is obviously in reference to KC and Sunshine band who I loved when I was ten.
GET ON UP celebrates James Brown.
This Quilt is Technotronic is, of course, inspired by This Beat is Technotronic.
And finally, LUCY inspired by Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles.
Does music inspire your work?
In other news, Paintbrush Studio Fabrics invited me to be a part of their March Madness. 16 quilt artists were invited to each build an eight color palette using the Paintbrush Studio Solids. Here are the brackets.
Here is my color palette. I called it Hullabaloo.
Hullabaloo means uproar or commotion which is certainly part of March Madness. I wanted to use colors that challenge traditional notions of what goes together in a quilt. I also wanted to create an underdog—a palette that just might take the brackets even though at first look it appears that these fabrics would never play together let alone make a champion team.
I think my competition will be very difficult to beat. If you want to support my colors (or my competitor’s!) and enter to get a bundle of the winning palette, follow this link for all the details.