Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Thinking about Intent

This is probably my first completed art quilt.

Memorium quilt

It was made for a guild challenge in 2002, and won a prize for best original design, I think. The challenge, as you may guess, was to work with the Shoo-Fly pattern. I had also learned a little by that point about transparency and wanted to try using that in a quilt. I’m still proud of it – I accomplished what I set out to do: finish a quilt for the challenge – and I think it exceeded my expectations once I saw it all together.

Some months later I realized that the resulting quilt was also a piece of mourning for the events of September, 2001. The colors are somber and the quilting made me think of ashes falling. Not part of the intent, and the quilt stands alone fine. Is it art? Is it better for having a title? I don’t know, but I still like and am proud of the quilt. Thanks for looking – Lisa


LA Paylor said...

fits right into the modern quilt movement with those grey colors and solids! I think it's pretty interesting and have always enjoyed transparency effects. It could have tons more quilting to look like the ones being shown these days.
LeeAnna Paylor

Lisa from DippyDyes said...

Hi, LeeAnna - thanks for writing. Glad to hear your point of view. I'd like to return to a transparency quilt again, but without using solids. - Lisa