Here are a few more pictures of pieces from my current exhibition at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Museum
. And on a side note, they are holding their annual FUNdraiser Feb 25, which was formerly knows as Stashfest.
This piece was from a workshop I taught on cutting and sewing wedges. We did this the simple way, stacking fabrics and then moving pieces to the bottom of each pile to get a 'random' wedge block. When I started putting this together, I wanted to eliminate the printed wedges, I just didn't like them in this piece. After leaving it up on the design wall, I found that by adding in more of this print, I liked it more, and I really liked the star effect. This was hand quilted with Perl cotton and has such a lovely hand to it. I faced this piece, as I did on several others in the show.
A few years ago I took a three day workshop with Gwen Marston and the second day was Small Studies. I didn't read up on this very much, in fact, I did no homework at all. I ended up working on a different piece in this class. The third day was an open sew day, and I was blown away by the other students who continued working on their small study pieces.
#1. I was working from a box of left overs from a Lone Star that I had gifted out. Too much print? Maybe. Let's keep trying.
Last year I jumped at the opportunity to take a Gwen led Small Studies three day workshop in Port Gamble, WA I felt the three days would give me enough time to muddle through some ideas and then really get to work. Making the inserts and the super skinny piecing was a good exercise. I really enjoyed this process. The binding on this piece is edge to edge, no mitered corners.
This was piece #2. Less prints and some added color.
This was the third piece that was created in this workshop. My intent was to build around this and make this the focal point of a medallion piece. After hearing many comments on how it looked just like Puget Sound, the water, mountains, sky, I decided to keep it 'as is'. This piece is very small 7"x7". No, it doesn't wing out in the corners, I'm just not the best photographer. These pieces have also been hand quilted and I used a single binding.
My first "Gwen" inspired piece. Liberated Log Cabins. This started my whole journey into this world of liberated, free spirited, add as you go concept of piecing. It really took a lot for me to not worry about a star point cut off, a strip cut on an angle, or a piece of fabric being pieced together to make it long enough or big enough. Hand quilted.
When you try something new, you just never know what it will lead to. Lucky for me, this has led me down a path that is filled with color and joy and a whole new outlook on piecing and quilting. It has also satisfied my need for hand quilting and Gwen has given me permission to do SO much with my quilting. I will forever be grateful to this generous, funny, and amazing woman.