Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Quilting Arts Calendar - My Month is Finally Here!!!

If you have the 2009 Quilting Arts calendar then you are looking at my quilt 'It's All Relative'! I was so excited to be selected for the calendar and finally my month is here. I really feel this is one of my biggest accomplishments to date.

The theme of the 2009 contest was Celebrating Home. When I think of "home" many memories come to mind. It is not so much about a place but thoughts of my family that make a house a home. In creating this piece, I tried to think of a way I could show family and relationships. When you look at the shapes you can see that they are related even though each one is unique just like the members of a family. Each could stand-alone but they work better together and each has something special about it.

I painted the swirls using puff paint straight from the bottle on a single piece of fabric. Once dried and expanded, I applied several types of paint randomly over the surface. After quilting, I used Misty Fuse to add areas of Angelina fiber. Finally I added different yarns, threads and beads trying to add something to each shape to give it its own interest and beauty but not so overstated to upset the balance of the quilt.

18 comments:

Dolores said...

It's beautiful. Can you elaborate on how you came up with the design and how you made it?

Sherry said...

Awesome!

needlewings said...

OMG, that is one awesome piece and accomplishment! Congratulations! Well deserved!

Edzellinni said...

I just LOVE this piece, the colors, the movement, the texture...it has it all! Congrats!

Vivian said...

I love designs that are both simple and complex ... well done!

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness, you are one very very talented textile artist, I can't believe all the detail in your work, and am so glad you visited me so I could enjoy looking at it all :)

Vivien said...

Woo Hoo, Calendar Girl! I told my kids I kinda knew you -- the July artist -- and they thought that was very cool. I do, too! Congratulations!

Carol R. said...

It's lovely! I can see why you were anxiously awaiting the month of July.

Kim said...

How gorgeous this is! My word, I just love it!

Linda B said...

Congratulations! The quilt is just amazing.

Scrappy Cat said...

This is wonderful - I love the explanation too. And congrats on getting it published!

Scrappy Cat said...

Hi again,

If you stop by my blog, you'll see that I've given you an award.

Dotti said...

I love clicking on the picture and looking at the detail up close and personal. Truly amazing and you are rightfully proud!!!

marciglenn said...

Judy - this is a beautiful piece. I love the depth and texture. I can feel the threads through the picture. Congratulations on being published in the calendar. ~Marci

Carole said...

Thank you Judy for the comment on my blog, re: my show. It is very rewarding.... and you, too!! Calendar girl that you are...
What fun!

Fannie said...

Congrats, and I wish you even more successes to celebrate! Bravo.

Gunnels blog said...

Congratulations!

Debbie Bates said...

Congratulations on the calendar! Not only a great achievement, but a cool piece! I like your simple presentation of the surface design techniques too. Well done!
Debbie in Canada
Oh, and Happy anniversary