Here is my submission for our small art quilt challenge group called 12x12. The theme for our first round was dandelions.
The more I look at it, the better I like it. I wasn't so sure at first. I'm not sure it's completely "me." Whatever that means. Several of the other 12x12 members said the same thing. It incorporates several of my favorite techniques -- handwriting, mixing hand embroidery with machine quilting, raw edges, a bit of surface design. But, is something missing? I'm still not sure.
I used a somewhat improvisational technique of building up a composition of various fabrics. I stitched some. I fused some and some got caught up in the stitching of the piece next to it. I have always been drawn to a layout that is reminiscent of an altar or shrine. It seems like that presented itself here also.
Actually the surface design was added to solve the problem of that white section just overtaking the whole quilt. It was too much contrast. Plus, those embroidered circles are rayon, so they are not only BRIGHT but also SHINY. They needed to be toned down. So I stamped on the yellow/orange circles. I think this also gave the quilt a slightly more focused composition.
I finished with a traditional binding, but gave it some character with a simple blanket stitch extended from the white section on each side -- embellished with a small bead in each stitch. This idea came from "thr3fold" journal, a wonderful publication by Linda and Laura Kemshall.
I am thrilled with this little beaded section. I think it's my favorite element of the whole piece.
You must go see the other 11 dandelion quilts on our blog. I am humbled to be part of such a creative, dynamic group. It's so inspiring.
The theme for our next round is "chocolate." Um, I think I can gather a bunch of research tonight. "Trick or Treat!"