Twelve Days of Twelves: Part One

February 14, 2011, 11:53 am  Posted by needlearts

Welcome to the first day of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Each day, for the next twelve (business) days, we’ll interview one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. We’ll also be giving away copies of the book on certain days, so keep checking back! For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current Colorplay group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Gerrie Congdon

Location: Portland, Oregon

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

I would have changed my Chocolate piece. The ideas I had did not translate as well as I had hoped when I put them in fabric. I scanned some shibori and played with it in photoshop to create a chocolate shibori background. When I printed it, it was not as interesting as I thought it would be. I felt that I did not put as much effort into the total composition as I had for my other pieces. It just seemed bland.

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 am struck by how different my approach is for the second group. For the first set, colors were secondary. I would first approach the theme or idea and then use colors that worked with my composition.

Oh eau (detail): A recent work using the same pojagi-style technique as Gerrie’s Purple Yellow Colorplay quilt.


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

My Passion quilt, Satin Sheets, won an award as one of the most humorous.  I also won an award for Speeding, for making the most amazing quilts at the last minute.  I won the Separated at Birth award for my Identity quilt which was a finger print, a motif also used by Terry Grant and Diane Perin Hock.

My most coveted award is: The One I Wish I had Made – Chairs, which is featured in the book.


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

It was very similar to writing the blog. I tried to write it as I write my blog — as if I am having a conversation with the reader. Looking back at the blog was helpful, but I tried to make the passages in the book more detailed. I tend to write my blog at the end of the day. I don’t spend a lot of time pontificating. I like to use photos to tell the story. For the book, I needed to elaborate and write in complete and grammatically correct sentences. I often take short cuts on the blog.


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