Can you believe it’s already the end of the first week of our celebration for Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge? Each day, for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. And every few days there’s a giveaway too! 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.
Location: North Dakota
Were you inspired to try a new technique that one of the Twelves used in their work? If so, which one?
I didn’t try anything new in the first round, at least not that I am aware of. I have tried, or attempted to try a new technique in the Colorplay round. I set out to try a technique by Terry Grant and early on in the project I found that a product I needed and had on hand had dried up and was unusable. So I had to substitute with another product, therefore changing the technique. I like to think I achieved similar results with my altered method.
If you could have changed one of your quilts from Twelve by Twelve, which one would it have been,
I would want to change my Chairs quilt. When I first settled on an idea for this quilt, I had a vision in my head and I needed an old photograph that was not to be had. Because of that, I had to change my idea for the quilt and my overall result was not what I had wanted originally.
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 feel that the first challenge opened my eyes to other ways of working or creating. I was learning a lot from the other Twelves just by reading about their thought processes on the blog. I find that I am too literal at times when trying to work to a theme, whether it be color or a cue word, and while I still struggle with this, I see the unconfined way some of the other Twelves work through the challenges and hope to absorb some of that freedom.
How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?
The quilts I create are figurative. I love color and whimsy and try to portray that in my work. The subjects in my quiltsare more stylized than real. I do think my involvement with the group has influenced me and the work I do, although not in a way that you could see in my art, but more so in how I approach working on art. I don’t have a formal art education so I work intuitively and I think that through discussions and comments on the blog, I have gleaned quite a bit of knowledge from the others that I otherwise would not have gotten had I not been a part of this group.
I enjoy working in a small format. One benefit of working small is that you usually can finish a piece much quicker and for those of us who always have several projects rolling around in their brains, it feels like you can move on to the next project much sooner.
Another benefit to working in a small format is if you are trying out new products or techniques. You don’t feel so bad if something goes wrong and it’s just a small amount of materials that have been ruined.
The two quilts shown here are both small. Walking Along a Sandy Beach measures only 9.5” x 9.5” and was made for the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) 2011-2012 Traveling Trunk Show.
Fractured Cats measures approximately 12.25” square and was made because I was trying out a new technique with a product that I hadn’t used in a quilt before.
And yet one more added benefit to working small – all your finished quilts are much easier to store if you aren’t displaying them. I have completed work stashed in extra drawers, in plastic-covered storage containers, and in closets. Try doing that with several large quilts!