I realize that I never posted the completed quilt of Ortegia, Valerie Goodwin-style, so here it is. It is hard to see the details on the island itself because of the black background, but I am pretty happy with the final result, except for the white roads. I tried various paints for this feature, but never got a completely solid line. Next time I would reverse the colours of the island and the roads, so black roads, white island. This is a small piece, about 28 cm (11 inches) square.
I have been playing with tumbler blocks a lot recently, and this is the other piece I finished a few weeks ago. This is such a bright and happy piece, it really makes me smile. I especially enjoyed filling the centre of each “cog” with a different design. Most of the design elements were fused to the background, and only needs a hanging sleeve to finish it up- I have hestitated because I am not sure what orientation I want it to hang. Size : 89 x 107 cm (35 x 42″).
I am finally finished with Quilts at the Creek, which has consumed much of my working and mental energy lately. Hurrah! Now I am ready to jump into some new projects. First up: I took Valerie Goodwin’s Favourite Places workshop. I’ve wanted to apply some of her techniques to my work for a LONG time. One of the surprises I had about her work is how small the works are- she manages to cram so much detail into every bit of her pieces- incredible!
On my recent trip to Sicily, I especially loved Ortegia, which is the old town of Siracusa, joined by a causeway to the mainland. This is the first map quilt I decided to work on, as a reminder of our time there. A very walkable place -don’t drive… nowhere to park!
There is a terrific market, lots of historical sites, great restaurants, and the narrow streets twist and turn, so you are constantly discovering new things. The plaza outside the Doumo is ringed with good places to eat, drink, and watch the world go by. Sigh!!
I am happy with the background on my piece and it came together quickly. Next up I will be working on details of Ortega: roads, buildings etc. Loving the process. I get to cut, paint, draw and play with all kinds of fun crafty things. This piece will finish at about 12″ x 12″ (30 cm square).
It has been raining all day, and somehow that makes me think of all the things I need to get done around the house. I have been working on that “To Do” list, and have recently finished a few of them.
This is a mini quilt I made to fit into my cat’s favourite basket… hope he likes it!
This is a handwarmer muff for my granddaughter who does not like to wear gloves or mittens when she is outside.. it is decorated with horses, her latest obsession. Hope she likes it – and uses it!
And finally, here is a piece I made from a class I have been taking. The background fabric was tie dyed, stamped, and painted, the image was photo transferred. I have learned so many techniques, but mostly I have learned not to be afraid to try new things!
I recently saw a call for entries for a quilt show entitled Forced to Flee. Artists were encouraged to submit entries based on crises which force people to flee their homes for safety and survival. A few years ago I created a piece about Zaatari, a refugee camp in Jordan for Syrians escaping war in their homeland.
Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan
It was inspired by a series of aerial photographs taken over a period of 9 months, when the camp grew from zero (July 2012) to a population of about 145,000 (May 2013). It has since stabilized to 80,000 refugees, and has evolved into a semi-permanent home for these people, with a powerful solar power plant, shops, schools and more. Despite problems in the camp, Zaatari is a powerful testament to the resilience and entrepreneurship of the people living there.
When I thought about entering this piece, I felt it was incomplete, and needed a focal point. I decided to add two figures approaching the camp as refugees. Getting the size right was a problem! It felt a bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears- I chose the middle one after trying them out on the quilt.
I am pretty happy with the result, and have submitted my application online. Fingers crossed!
Here is a detail from the quilt:
Techniques used: pieced, painted, raw edge applique