2010 was a big year in quilting for me.
In 2009, I received a Rasmuson Project Award to travel to Ohio and study with Nancy Crow for three weeks. Thank you Rasmuson Foundation for supporting and believing in Alaskan artists.
I have written about my adventures studying with Nancy Crow many times. If you would like to share in that experience, you can by reading the following blog posts.
A Message from the Barn
Crow Barn Week One
Crow Barn Week Two Part One
Crow Barn Week Two Part Two
Crow Barn Week Three
Crow Barn Reflections
Crow Barn Week Eight into Nine Part One
Crow Barn Week Eight into Nine Part Two
Crow Barn Week Five Part One
Crow Barn Week Five Part Two
Those three weeks were transformational. I began to understand, in a way that I had not before, that if I worked hard, I could be an artist whose medium was the quilt.
So I set about doing that.
Each of the quilts from 2010 was either started in the Nancy Crow workshops or an extension of the ideas I had while there.
Many of these quilts are about merging what I learned at the Barn with what I wanted to do within the perimeters of the traditional quilt block.
Ten years later, I am still exploring that space in my work.
Many artists, who claim the quilt as their medium, tend to shy away from the vocabulary found in traditional pieced quilt blocks.
I have been told MANY times, that the traditional quilt block is loaded down with baggage. That is one way to look at it.
I see it differently. It is not baggage. It is history, and I am eternally grateful to the traditional quilt makers who came before me.
I also made a giant batch of Artful Oven Mitts in 2010. If you like Artful Oven Mitts, check out these blog posts.
Coming soon–the Quilts of 2011. AKA as the year the Color Girds showed up. Thanks folks for following along.