The Year in Quilts 2011 is about the beginning of several essential explorations—you might call them series—that continue to be part of my practice eight years later.
In 2009, we purchased an almost 100 year old cabin in McCarthy, Alaska a small mountain village located in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park.
Over the years, I have tried to document that landscape in my own way.
This documentation has resulted in the workshop Abstraction through Color, Pattern, and Repetition which I love teaching. The format of this workshop pushes students to explore abstraction through a series of concepts about piecing.
My early years of quilt making included a LOT of community baby quilts. The skills I developed from doing those quilts have lead to me working with several non-profits to create community quilts for public display.
The first of these quilts were made for thread Alaska, a non-profit that connects families with quality daycare and early childhood education, and the Wrangell Mountains Center, an educational facility that connects individuals to wild lands through art, science, and education.
I also finished the first quilts that would later become part of my ongoing Color Grid series. I have made approximately 30 of these quilts, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.
Finally, I began creating a series of small Color Grid sketches. These quilts are often the start of larger Color Grid pieces. They are a non-repeated crossed square quilt block.
If you would like to read the other blog posts I have written about the Year in Quilts, you can by following these links.
2012 PART I is coming up next.