Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Two

February 15, 2011, 09:51 am  Posted by needlearts

We’re on to installment number two of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. And today’s post includes a giveaway of a copy of the book! SEWLINDAAN 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 February 21, 2011. Any comment will do, but we’d love to hear about any quilting projects you’re working on, or how a certain color has inspired your sewing projects. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on February 22. Click here for the official rules.

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: Kristin La Flamme

Location: Waipahu, Hawaii

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

I’m least pleased with my Water quilt. While I still love the concept of making it from water soluble materials, I don’t think it’s held up well as an exhibit piece. I’d love to make a video of it being doused with water though — that would tell its story much better than it hanging limply on a wall.

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

Oh yes! I find each and every Twelve’s approach to the challenges to be very inspiring. I find myself making Deborah-like stitches all the time, though that may just be because we think similarly. Nikki’s and Karen’s work definitely encouraged me to try painting after quilting on a few pieces (Window and Twelve).

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

My own work is illustrative and based in tradition. I don’t think that being part of the group has changed my perspective of my work as much as it has perhaps broadened the subject matter that I work with.

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 got me thinking much more conceptually. If we had started with Colorplay I think I might have treated it more like compositional studies in color rather than trying to incorporate more meaning into each piece.

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

I was called out several times. In general it was for putting a lot of concept behind the pieces. I am very flattered, but have to admit that I also felt a lot of pressure to keep up the deep thoughts. Not easy, and I’m not sure I’ve succeeded!

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

Blogging is short and sweet. I pick a story of my choosing and write about it. For the book I was still writing about the same subject matter, but it had to fit into the greater whole. Our chapters also combine several stories (our work, the challenge itself, other’s work, and our work environment). It obviously takes a lot more thought and work to weave together several ideas than it does to concentrate on just one as in a blog post.


44 Responses

    Fiona says:

    So inspiring – just visited the blog – http://twelveby12.org/index.html. Love to to see the process of work in addition to your final pieces.

    Gillwatson says:

    A really interesting post – I will be visiting the blog!
    Thank you

    Great Job, Kristin! Twelve by Twelve’s blogs are always great….and I love hearing more about the awards! Great job, all of you. I’m looking forward to seeing the book. (and am somewhat jealous of everyone who is “in” as I see it as a great learning experience….but your sharing your thoughts and methodologies is the next best thing!) Lisa Quintana

    CONGRATULATIONS Ladies!!! Looking forward to getting the book….

    Leefowler says:

    Can’t wait to read the book!

    Anonymous says:

    i’ve taken 2 classes with kristin and she is always inspiring. i love the way her mind works … not like mine at all!

    Narelle Lowcock says:

    I so love the inspiration you all share with us through your blogs and look so forward to the book launch with Kirsten in Townsville.

    Rosemary says:

    I have been following your blog almost since the beginning and love the inspiration and of course the finished pieces.

    LLFRoss says:

    I’ve been following along with the blog and would love to see the book!

    I’ve watched this group for a few years now. I love the concept of creating to a theme in a certain size. I always enjoy looking at how different artists interpret the therme. If you are ever looking for a new member, please consider me.

    Marylynne1 says:

    I came to your blog through the IBOL project. I have done a little quilting, but love looking at the various techniques and effects and pondering the staggering versatility of the medium.

    Nikki Gamon says:

    Twelve by twelve brought together several bloggers who were already favorites of mine. I’ve loved seeing their different interpretations of the themes and congratulate them on their success, both with the book and in creating a remarkably cohesive body of work.

    Asheridan says:

    I have been so inspired by the Twelve by Twelve group and their work. I am not in their league at all, but am currently working on two queen-size quilts, one from Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the other using up a TON of scraps!

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    Carolph says:

    The 12 by 12 group is so inspiring… Its nice to see the different individual approaches to the same subject.

    Virginia says:

    Interesting format
    would love the book for inspiration, I’m bogged down in what do I do with all of this

    Francie D says:

    I love the idea of twelve friends inspiring one another. I’d love to read more about it in the new book.

    Julia says:

    I’ve enjoyed the Twelve by Twelve and following the blogs and seeing the revealings.

    Sherryl says:

    This looks like a great book. I was following some of the participants through their blogs.

    Vivien says:

    Great interview, Kristin and congratulations on the book. I really like the conceptual idea of dipping your “Water” piece into a trough to see what happens and tell a story! I’m going to have to go back now and remind myself what the piece looks like. Looking forward to reading what you all wrote and seeing all the pictures up close.

    Karen says:

    This book sounds so interesting! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

    Melissa says:

    Indigo, indigo, indigo – indigo and white Asian fabrics. I love seeing them used in quilted bags –maybe with a touch of red piping. Thank you for your generous giveaway.

    Judy Rys says:

    It’s been really interesting to see how differently twelve individuals interpret the challenges.

    Slrlweimer says:

    I really like to see what other people do with an idea and make it theirs! Reading about their process inspires me to stretch!

    sharlyn says:

    I love color! I love trying unusual color combinations, I love using “less popular” colors. There are shades of every color that I love! That makes it rather hard sometimes to choose a color pallet for projects. The book sounds wonderful. Hope I win.

    Bevsews says:

    I have enjoyed following this group since the beginning.

    Lynwolfmt says:

    Sharing a concept with a group is always a challenge. Writing about it would add an entirely different dimension. cant wait to see your book.

    janice says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book. I have been following many of their challenges on their blogs. I enjoy participating in the challenges from the 3 Creative Studios, and Terri Stegmiller, of of these twelve is one of those three.

    Dixdizzy says:

    I’m crazy for pink retro and any purples. Am working on my second and third in these colors.

    Colleen says:

    I am excited to see your book. I love the inspiration from the challenges!

    Sandy in CA says:

    I can’t wait to see the book!

    Jilliem says:

    I would love a copy of the book and I really look forward to seeing the different interpretations of each challenge from the twelve by twelve girls.

    SewLindaann says:

    Watching what people do for challenges inspired me to try swaps. I was really scared to send something to someone I didn’t know with all the great work going on out there. The flip side is it really challenged me, I did different things and pushed in new directions. It has been a fun ride and I plan on keeping going. So, it’s not a color inspiring me it’s people.

    Lydia says:

    The process of integrating twelve different viewpoints on the challenges interests me the most. I learn so much from other quilters, both where they are coming from, how they execute their thoughts, and what it looks like after applying their prodigious talent.

    Woolensails says:

    I am working on a few projects at once.
    Finishing UFO’s, starting more new projects and trying different types of fabric eggs and techniques.


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    Leigh says:

    I am working on a quilt inspired by our January Hawaiian vacation. We travelled all over the Big Island and the scenery was fabulous in ALL the climate zones. I loved all the colors and textures – so much to see. Snorkelling was an amazing experience. I also liked the feeling of spiritual history overlying so many locations.

    oregonjudy says:

    It’s been interesting to watch the progression of each project. I’m always amazed at the differences and the similarities.

    Kathy N says:

    My book is on order. Looking forward to seeing the while story in one place.

    Jacqueline Chimes says:

    I am looking forward to publication in the UK

    Kristin L says:

    Congratulations on winning a copy of our book! I hope you enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed this project.

    ~Kathleen says:

    Such very talented and creative quilters!

    Dolores says:

    I treasure a small piece of Kristen’s work. She sent everyone who donated to Juvenile Diabetes of Hawaii a fibre postcard. It’s wonderful.

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