Tiny quiltlet is headed for Philadelphia to be a part of the SAQA Spotlight Auction. Just another donation to help with the greater art quilt cause!! It was fun to make but I was a little constrained because they are showing them off in mats that cover the outer inch and a half of the quilt all the way around.... that's a lot of the quilt since its only 6 x 8 ". Oh well!
That's why the design is concentrated in the middle, the fish and the top of the leaf are basically all you will see. The fish are outlined in cool metallic gold thread that meakes them nice and sparkly.
I made this quilt for a rather difficult challenge based on the quilts of Marie Webster. There is a large collection of them at the Indianapolis Museum. She was an important Arts and Crafts designer around the turn of the last century and her quilts reflect that style. It was our task to take a quilt and re-interpret it as it might be done today. Who knows? I thought she would take advantage of our looser and freer interpretations of quilting and embrace them. So.....
I chose her quilt Pink Rose or American Beauty, which I absolutely love just as it is....
But then to make it more of a today quilt I really struggled because I kept thinking about how perfect it was already. So I just started thinking about the concept of roses and decided to abstract it.
The juror was Niloo Paydar and it is a real honor to have a quilt chosen by her. She is the curator of textile and fashion arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art where she has worked since 1986.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.