Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Eight

February 23, 2011, 08:38 am  Posted by needlearts

We’re on to installment number eight of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. And today’s post is another one that includes a giveaway of a copy of the book! ANYA is the winner! To enter for a chance to win a copy of Twelve by Twelve, leave a comment on this post by 11 p.m. EST on March 2, 2011. Any comment will do, but we’d love to hear about any quilting projects you’re working on, or what part of the interviews so far has inspired you. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on March 3. Click here for the official rules.

For anyone that didn’t already know: Each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to Twelve by Twelve. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Terry Grant

Location: near Portland, Oregon

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I describe my work as mostly pictorial. I discovered that the small format we worked with suited me very well. There is something very appealing to me in focusing in on a small part of what could perhaps be a larger picture. It is contemplative and forces one to consider the small details that might be overlooked in a larger piece.

You’re in the middle of the second group challenge, with a Colorplay theme. How did the first challenge affect the work you’ve done for the second one?

I saw the Colorplay challenge as an opportunity to be more experimental and less literal than the themes challenges. The themes seemed to suggest stories that needed to be illustrated. The color challenges have been, mostly, more abstract in their concepts.

Were you inspired to try a new technique that one of the Twelves used in their work? If so, which one?

I loved the way Deborah Boschert used hand-stitching in a very light and fanciful way in her work.  I was inspired by her to try some hand-stitched motifs in several of my pieces.

We heard there were “awards” given out to you all after the completion of the Theme series…what was your award?

Diane and I were awarded the Separated at Birth” award because in two instances, without any knowledge of what the other was doing, we made strikingly similar quilts. For the Illumination theme, we both chose paper lanterns as our subject. This one amazed me and made me believe in psychic communication! So many possible ways to interpret the word—what were the odds of both of us thinking of Japanese lanterns? I got a chill when I opened the blog and saw her piece. Later, for the Identity theme, we made very similar fingerprint quilts. This seemed more likely. In fact there was a third fingerprint quilt—Gerrie’s.

If you could have changed one of your quilts from Twelve by Twelve, which one would it have been, and why?

I was not very satisfied with my “Window of Opportunity” quilt for the Window theme. At the time I made it I was enamored with making little squares, using my smallest scraps. Now that I am past that, they don’t look very interesting to me. If I were to do that one over again, I am sure I would go in an entirely different direction.

How was writing your portion of the book similar and different to blogging about the quilts as you made them?

When I was writing about my pieces for the book, I went back to see what I had written on the blog at the time I was making the work. I used a lot of the words I had written originally, but enough time had elapsed between, that I had some new thoughts and perspectives on them as well.  I am able to be more objective months after I have made a piece than when it is fresh in my mind. Sometimes I see things I didn’t see when I was making it, oddly enough.  In writing the book, I was able to get a better perspective on where my pieces fit into the whole set, whereas I was seeing it in isolation as I wrote on the blog for each reveal.


64 Responses

    Deborah says:

    Ah Terry! I am so happy to think that my hand stitching was inspirational to you.

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    Dixdizzy says:

    I am working on paperpieced heart quilt and taking a class this weekend to make a Gordian Knot quilt.

    Linda says:

    I am just beginning to branch out into quilting (beyond around the world type stuff). Your applique and use of even the smallest scrap is an inspiration to me – and makes me think how I can incorporate my first love of embroidery into it without being a crazy quilt!

    Crafter1953 says:

    Right now I am working on two quilts. One is recycled jeans, I cut 4 and half inch squares its 92 by108 i am pining the back on now. The other is one I call it Sunrise because it is all yellow through red I have all the blocks done just have ti sew them together. Thanks for this giveaway.

    Elle says:

    I’m enjoying the series. It is enlightening to hear some of the thoughts. I luv the machine quilting on Terry’s piece that is shown. Gorgeous!

    Paulaleegunning says:

    While not yet a quilter, the desire is there and the seed was planted many years ago by Terry Grant. While I haven’t yet seen the book, I am positive it would be a great “motivator” as the twelve by twelve works I have seen are very creative and express the individuals’ creative talents.

    oregonjudy says:

    Terry’s work always inspires me with new ideas. She’s a great quilter and artist.

    CeCelia says:

    While surfing, I happen upon your site and am so glad that I did. Your interview with Terry was interesting that I must go to the beginning to read all the interviews. I am a quilter who likes to think outside the box. Pattern can be a starting point, however, I’m not happy unless I add my own twist to them. I have several projects going right now. The most interesting to me is one using paint stick medium. I see so many possibilities it can be mind bogling. I also use embroidery in my quilts. So I am definitely always looking for new ways to help in my quilts. Thank you for providing a new avenue for me to explore.

    Enimmo says:

    I love this book…it is really beautiful

    Nappygal says:

    What a beautiful idea this book is! I can’t wait to see more :-)

    Knida says:

    I’ve always liked your work…that same graphic sensibility that I got out of years of printmaking still shows.

    Woolensails says:

    That is such a beautiful piece, really love this one.


    WhiteStone says:

    I’ve been following Kristen La Flamme’s blog and have enjoyed seeing her posts on the Twelve by Twelve projects. What great fun and what a challenge! As for me?? I’m slowing down in my quilting…have some major life events happening right now…but I’m currently stitching (and enjoying) a simple quilt using recycled shirt fabrics.

    carol johnson says:

    I’ve loved following the 12×12 blog. All the artist have been inspirational. Great to see the progress and now a book! Congrats to all :)

    Deborah Ohare says:

    I am a big fan of Terry Grant’s work, and have been following her blog for a while. I am working on a piece for the Festival of Quilts in the U.K. struggling with the size of the thing, but enjoying the process none the less.

    Bev Longford says:

    Been following this group from the beginning and enjoy their personal blogs too.
    Bev Longford

    I am an advanced beginner so I am still trying to master traditional techniques. Right now I am working on a scrap quilt. I love them!

    Llively3 says:

    This would be a new technique for me. I enjoy applique quilting. That part would be easy for me. The thread work would be my challenge. Hats off to the people who do the art quilts!!!

    Jodi says:

    Isn’t if funny how if you go back and look at things you did a few months ago you see them with new eyes and sometimes see beauty in them you just couldn’t see at the time or see ways techniques could be applied differently to greater effect. Time is such a funny thing.
    Love the litle bird by the way

    Llmc081476 says:

    I really like your window…brings back wonderful memories of a trip afar!

    Chuck says:

    I am enjoying reading the information on each one of the artists. Can’t wait to get ahold of the book.

    I love this idea – a 12 ” quilt you can have so much fun and experiment -not investing much fabric – just imagination

    s. says:

    I haven’t been inspired to do any sewing lately, and this book looks like it would totally give me back a spark!

    Dolores says:

    I follow a few of the members of Twelve by Twelve along with the Twelve by Twelve blog itself. There is a lot of inspiration to be found and I am enjoying their work. Currently, I am working on a baby rag quilt, crocheting another baby blanket and will soon begin working on three baby quilts. It seems that the family is growing…

    Karen says:

    I have been wanting to get my hands on this book !! It looks wonderful.

    ~Kathleen says:

    What a wonderful book. I want one! I’m sewing a horse print sleeping bag for my granddaughter’s sixth birthday next month. She’s gonna love it!

    LLFRoss says:

    I like the little birds in that balcony piece. I don’t remember seeing that. I’ve finished a “play-along” piece for the 12 x 12′s next color challenge which will be revealed soon.

    Sjhughson says:

    My DSM is in the hospital this week so I’m working in brain right now and not on fabric.

    Jeanne Marganera Clarke says:

    This is such a beautiful book- I love quilting and there is so much inspiration to be found therein.

    Meme says:

    I would love to win this book!! Thanks for the chance.

    Maria Wirges says:

    Would love to win this book. The birds on the balcony are so awesome!

    Kimberly R. says:

    Love the article, please enter me!

    Elizabeth Owens says:

    sounds like something I’d like. Enter me in!

    I’m always up for a challenge, as I believe it’s necessary to step outside your bubble sometimes. I did just that this last fall by doing a miniature challenge. The biggest challenge – I had never done a miniature – now I’m hooked. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Mary Anne says:

    This book looks like it would be wonderful inspiration. Right now I’m on a ‘reduce my stash’ kick and am working at making jackets using recycled denim.

    Liniecat says:

    What a fabulous opportunity to see the skills and ideas behind such wonderful artists like these.
    Oh please do drop my name in the draw hat!

    Sandy says:

    I want to use the 12×12 format to get myself going on a series, to explore that arrangment, see where it takes me.

    Wanda says:

    this sounds exciting and looking forward to all the other arangements for the 12 x 12″ blocks….still working on several quilt projects….need more items – please add my name to the drawing…


    Anya says:

    The book looks awesome. Thanks for the chance! I’m currently working on a Jane Stickle quilt…

    Cindy J says:

    Such great inspirations! A 12×12 size is not intimidating and allows for trying something new without a huge committment….gonna remember that.
    I’m currently making Mug Rugs…..small quilts that work as oversized coasters. :)

    Sewhappyart says:

    I have been following the 12X12 blogging for the past year and can’t wait to see/read the bookl Right now I am working on a art quilt that has night sky and reflections of moonlight. I have hit a design snag, but I think I came upon a solution yesterday. Yeah!

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    Shirley in Canada says:

    Amazing what is done in a 12″x12″ piece!!!

    Ana rojas says:

    Wow! This is seriously quilting. It looks like something I may never be able to make

    Lydia Threads says:

    I am amazed that quilts don’t have to be huge. I could do 12×12. Thank you.

    Wordygirl says:

    Having just learned about this book, I am so intrigued. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    Lisa Marie says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of beauty in a 12 x 12 space.

    Corinne says:

    WOW. I am just learning to thread stetch. Your work has inspired me. Thank you. I am working on a project for a challenge. I like challenge because it gives me a goal (deadline) to reach.

    Renesanz says:

    What a seriously inspirational book for quilters! ‘Would love to have a copy to share! Thanks!

    Emily C says:

    ‘ Sometimes I see things I didn’t see when I was making it, oddly enough. ‘
    to me this isn”t really odd. i do this all the time. i have a tendency to nit pick which can go to the point of ruining a project if i don’t take a break and come back later. it’s like looking at it from a fresh perspective. little things that bothered me before are either unnoticable or i have discovered an easy way to make them blend in. instead of trying to take them out or start a project over.

    Claire says:

    I have been very interested in Quilting for a very long time, I use to sit for hours watching my Grandmother. I envied her so much and I have wanted to beable to do this myself. The book looks absolutely fabulous if I was to win it it would be the kick I need to get started, and if I don’t win it I will be buying it soon after the comp ends.

    MarciaW says:

    I am working on several projects: basting hexagons for an eventual hexie quilt and Bloggers Block-a-palooza mystery quilt along. It was great to see the experimentation and collaboration that each of the eight of twelve went through when making their projects. Hope to win a copy of Twelve by Twelve.

    Sewrabbit says:

    Would love to win this book. Bunny http://www.creativehare.blogspot.com

    Flynqltr says:

    This book looks wonderful! I’m working on a bright pinwheel quilt for my 6 mo old granddaughter.

    Gillwatson says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book!
    At the moment I’m working on wonky stars!!

    Pernyc says:

    As usual, Terry is very interesting. Her blog is just as interesting as her art. Congrats!

    Upstatelisa says:

    just recently became aware of twelve days of twelve! I would love to win this book. I have sooo many projects on the go right now but am always looking for inspiration!

    Hbmargaret2 says:

    it is very interesting to read articles by great artists.We get to see a little bit of their world.
    Thank you for giving us this opportunity.
    Margaret Price, hbmargaret2@bigpond.com

    Suzanne says:

    Watching the 12 by 12s has inspired me to work on a smaller scale. I find it to be quickly rewarding, in contrast to the large quilts that I’m so used to making. Thank you!

    First timer says:

    The exhibition of the 12 x 12 at last years quilting event was the star of the show. We saw a glimpse of the depth of the artists in their work. Lovely to read these interviews and feel the passion and humility of these diverse women.

    Jo Bowman says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing 12×12 at Hamilton, New Zealand Craft show. It was very inspiring, smaller pieces and achieveable for me. I still work full time. Therefore I now receive the emails and consume them as I consume other craft mailers I receive. Just loved reading Terry Grant’s comments on her work and how we see things SO differently in retrospect.

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