In my previous Cloth in Common blog post about the prompt International, I mentioned that I learned of our prompt while traveling from New Zealand back to Anchorage, Alaska. (If you are wondering what the heck is Cloth in Common, start here.)
At the time I was sitting in the first row of First Class on Alaska Airlines. (Being a frequent flyer has its perks. ) I was on the second to last leg of my journey home, a flight from San Fransisco to Seattle, and I was staring at this “wall” in a classic long journey travel stupor.
Here was my thought sequence—
International = Travel = Students from Around the World = Airplanes = This Wall in Front of Me = Quilt.
The quilt is about all of these things.
It is very much about my students in New Zealand and Australia. Many of them had taken bit making to entirely new levels. I was very interested to see if I could build on what they had done.
I have thought about the geometric potential of this “wall” before. It is very quilt-like. I created a sketch based on all of these ideas as well as the design elements I often use—color, pattern, repetition, and the units used to compose traditional quilt blocks.
I pulled a palette of twelve colors.
I am not sure why I started with the outer edge, but I did.
In hindsight, I think it was a mistake. AT least for THAT quilt it was. I was disappointed with the result, so I started thinking about other things I could do with the units.
I decided I like the blue version best. I loved the flat palette and the potentail for vibration with this combo. I often tell my students that once you are on the design wall you must begin to think about construction. As in, how in the heck could I piece this?
I modified and moved forward.
The stars/spinners became airplanes in my mind.
Vibrating, tessellating, flying across my design wall.
So now, I am back to the original sketch.
This time I am starting in the center.
I apologize for the poor quality of my photos. We are in the heart of darkness up here in the sub-arctic. The light is low, sparse, and poor this time of the year.
If you would like to learn more about Cloth in Common and the quilts I have made while being a member of this group you can by following the links shared here. They are in chronological order.
I encourage you to visit the Cloth in Common blog yourself to see what ALL the members have created. You will be amazed and inspired if you do. And if you happen to be in Taiwan, we will be having a Special Exhibition of our work at the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition in 2020! How’s that for International?