Today, I treated myself to a visit to the Muskegon Art Museum to see the Extreme Fiber Exhibit. I truly appreciate this museum and their support of fiber art. There was a wide variety of pieces in the show... again something I found appealing. While I am still caught looking for "beauty" or good use of design principles, however there were a few conceptual pieces that I though were meaningful. My favorite pieces was a hand-dyed piece of silk...the amount of detail and constancy of shape and line throughout the design was amazing (as was the use of color). Here are some pictures:
Did you read Mark Lipinski's "A New Vision in Quilt Making, slow down and reconnect with your creativity"? I almost turned the page, after all I have been rushing around all summer and it didn't sound like I was going to learn a new technique. However, the article really struck a chord with me. It might have been because I having been rushing to finish a piece for an exhibit, plus balancing other work projects and family life. Maybe it was because, the movement strives for people/quilters to believe in their own creativity (a personal mission). Maybe it's because I have recently tried some yoga classes. I don't know, but I liked the article. Here are a couple of quotes:
Would love to hear your thoughts...
Here is another quilt that I made using my cut 'n switch method of improvisational piecing. It is not as intricate as "Modern Art in Quilt Form". In this quilt I used only 6 colors: white, gray, light blue, medium blue, medium purple and dark purple. There were 16 in Modern Art. While some of the smaller blocks have quite a few "cuts" in them, there are still large shapes or solid colored areas in this quilt. This quilt is also finished more traditionally, with borders and bindings. In Modern Art, the design goes to the edge of the quilt and it is faced. I do like the variation in the size of blocks that I used in the quilt, as well as the asymmetrical inner borders.
I love using leader/ enders when I am chain piecing. It was an idea from Bonnie Hunter. Instead of using a scrap piece of material in between chains, use two small blocks. You can work on two project projects at once! I keep a pile of 2" scrap squares next to my machine for this reason...Happy piecing!
West MI Quilt Guild
National Quilting Association
American Quilter's Society
Surface Design Association
International Machine Quilter's Association, Inc
Modern Quilt Guild
Some of TEACHERS I HAVE LEARNED FROM: