Monday, March 01, 2010

Blue, White and a Bit of Black Reveal

Today is the reveal of the latest in our "colorplay" theme for the 12x12 Art Quilt Collaborative. You must check out all the amazing quilts on our blog. Francoise picked our theme of "blue, white and a bit of black."

I made three quilts for this challenge. That may sound productive and ambitious, but in reality, I was displeased with each of them at various points and kept starting over. I suppose, in the end, there are elements I like about each of them. I'd have to keep creating for days and days to really exhaust this interesting palette.

This is the one I chose for the official 12x12 reveal.

Blue Meditation on Balance


For this next version, I let some fabric hang over the top and bottom. It's still 12x12 measured from the very edges, but I like that it feels like a slightly different dimension.

Blue Meditation on Edges


Lastly, something slightly different. I incorporated some sheer, hand-dyed fabric that was used to wrap a lovely gift from my friend Robin during a wonderful "ladies lunch" while I was in Hawaii. (Also used in the piece above.)

Branches and Blossoms
I'll have more 12x12 news in the next couple of weeks. There is going to be a big "special exhibit" at the Dallas Quilt Celebration of 12x12 quilts! (These will not be the quilts from our official 12x12 Art Quilt Collaborative, but it will include quilts by artists working in the same size format.) If you're in the area, I hope you are planning to come!

11 comments:

Diane said...

It's great to see all THREE of your responses to this, Deborah. (Yikes! Three!) I am drawn to the third one down for its quiet simplicity -- I love that and how you've used lines and circles with such great balance.

Gerrie said...

I love the middle one. Well, I like them all. I do not know how you accomplish all you do with kid activities, too.

Kristin L said...

I recognized that sheer right away! What a wonderful memory it evokes. I love seeing all your variations. Branches and Blossoms has a great winter's day crispness to it that I am drawn to. It would look great on my wall of blue art ;-)

Dale Anne said...

LOVE them all, but am really drawn to the third one (bottom).
Alot of people say blue to cold to them but I like the cool, clear, crispness....guess that's why I LOVE winter!!!

dee said...

Wonderful Deborah! I love the branches and blossoms as well. I blogged about you all today and put a link for people to go see the group blog. Such amazingly gifted artists.

Vicki W said...

What a lovely series. All of these blue/black quilts are so calming. I think the third one is my fave.

Azreada said...

I like the second one because the tree although the center of attention, it does not dominate the design as much and the other quilt elements show off to better advantage.

Connie Akers said...

All 3 are lovely but Edges is my favorite. Looking forward to the Dallas Quilt Show.

Fran├žoise said...

I like them all. I don't know which one I would choose. Maybe the second one because of the background with all the seeding stitches.

Robin said...

I love the quilts! My favorite is the third one, but the first one has a level of complexity that makes it visually interesting. Thanks for using the fabric, I noticed it right away and I like what you did with the embellishments!

Stephanie said...

I love branches and blossoms!