It’s the final day of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. And of course that means today’s post is another one that includes a giveaway of a copy of the book! Wordygirl 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 8, 2011. Any comment will do, but we’d love to hear your favorite parts from this interview series: whether it was something that made you smile or an unexpected source of inspiration! We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on March 9. Click here for the official rules.
For anyone that missed this series before today: Each day for twelve (business) days, we interviewed one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. Take a look back through the last couple weeks of Needlearts team posts to see the other interviews. 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: Poulsbo, Washington
How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?
My work is very mixed media. Although most of my pieces use a quilt sandwich, many wouldn’t be considered quilts by a lot of traditionalists. I love including a wide variety of embellishments and non-traditional materials. I was very new to art quilting when Twelve by Twelve began. I felt completely inexperience among all these wonderful artists. After three and a half years, the support and encouragement of this group, my confidence has grown immeasurably. I can now say that I’m an artist without feeling like a fraud, or at least most of the time.
During the theme series I tried a lot of different techniques. Although I love them each by themselves and within the context of the Theme mosaics, they aren’t a united group by themselves. I was inspired by other members’ cohesive bodies of work and decided to use my quilted, then painted fabric for all the Colorplay quilts.
All my experimenting during the Theme series wasn’t lost though. Various quilts have inspired different bodies of work. I am currently working on a series call “I felt” for art-o-mat inspired by my Window quilt, “Day Dreaming.”
I long admired many of the Twelve’s use of hand stitching before I made an attempt myself. My Chair piece is entirely hand stitched with thick embroidery floss and big stitches. After many hours of work, I gained a new respect for the technique.
If you could have changed one of your quilts from Twelve by Twelve, which one would it have been, and why?
Generally, I am happy with all my Twelve by Twelve quilts. Each of them was a learning experience as I pushed myself into new territory. If I could change one of them, it probably would be the colors of my Mathematics quilt. Originally I made the quilt with a cool multicolor piece of hand painted fabric. I thought I was finished when disaster struck. The plastic film I used to mark the precise quilting lines messed up the thread tension and wouldn’t come out from under the thread. I thought it would perforate and I could easily remove it. After several hours trying to pick out plastic, I gave up and started again. I didn’t have time to paint another piece of fabric, so I went with what I had on hand.
We heard there were “awards” given out to you all after the completion of the Theme series…what was your award?
I was given several awards. I received “Embellishing Her Testimony” for including bead work, stitching and other details. Deborah, Brenda and I received “Surprisingly Similar” for our Chocolate quilts. My Chair quilt, Mom’s Hideout, was given “I Never Would Have Guessed”– I fooled them with my jump into hand stitching. As for my favorite award, my Twelve quilt, “The Kissing Number,” and “Oh,” by Kirsten received “Separated at Birth,” which still makes me laugh every time I think about it. Make sure to check out the quilts for yourselves to see why.
How was writing your portion of the book similar and different to blogging about the quilts as you made them?
I relied heavily on the blog to remember the detail of the Chocolate challenge while writing the book. Reading back through the posts reminded me of the fun we had with each challenge and the various things, both art and life related, introduced by the other Twelves that I wanted to try. I am happy to say that just a few weeks ago I found Tim Tam, Australia’s favorite cookie, at the local Target and they are now a family favorite. I never would have known about them if wasn’t for Twelve by Twelve. Writing the book did give me a chance to really reflect on my work and being part of the group. The longer format allowed me to bring together different aspects of my life as an artist, quilting and being a part of an online community that were only touched on in various different places on the blog and website.