Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Eleven

February 28, 2011, 09:07 am  Posted by needlearts

As we near the end, it’s time for day eleven of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge! For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. 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: Francoise Jamart

Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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

Although my quilts often look colorful, geometric and simple, there is a lot of thinking and dreaming going on before I start sewing. I’m aiming at making my art look serene and, dare I say, refined. I believe that being part of Twelve by Twelve has made me value my work more. It has also helped me start producing a cohesive body of work.

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?

The first challenge made me realize that I like to work in a series. In the Colorplay challenge we only have a given color palette as a starting point and I think this is a bit too broad. This is why I chose to give myself a few more constraints: to hand-dye all my fabrics, to add a nature theme as a leading thread and to use my own photos as inspiration. So far, I like my Colorplay quilts better than my Theme quilts. I even started a series of smaller pieces (7’’ x 7’’) related to the Colorplay palettes. I am thinking of  binding these small squares into a fabric book as a souvenir.

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

I am very tempted to try dyeing a piece after the quilting has already been done, like Karen did in her Passion quilt following a method by C June Barnes. I did a few samples already.


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

It would have been “Seven by Twelve” (Mathematics theme), because I do not like its pieced background that much.

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


Writing the book was very different. For me, blogging is more like keeping a visual journal. I prefer to post lots of pictures and not too many words. For the book, I had of course to write much more than what I’m used to. It wasn’t easy but it was very enlightening.


4 Responses

    cori says:

    Great interview, and I liked your background on “seven by Twelve”

    Woolensails says:

    I love the shades in the hand dyed fabrics. That is something I want to try myself.


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