January 8, 2010

Black and White and Red all over.

Well this might be a good time as any to introduce you to a mistake.
I sometime get really excited about making something and only after about half way into it do I realize that it is going to be a flop.  This was what happened with this tea cozy I decided to make for Ancient Cloth.

She had mentioned a special cloth that she bought from the New England Quilt Museum. Oh boy, I thought I have some 'special' cloth and I hadn't figured out what to do with it.  I will make it into a tea cozy for AC.  Right. Here is the cloth.

I got this fabric from Alma Stoller before she was featured on the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine.
I had entered a quiltie in a contest that she was having on her yahoo group.

This is called Emotions.
It is really my first slow cloth in the sense that it was done slowly...lots of hand work and I discovered a lot of wisdom in it.  I explained this when I posted it on her yahoo group.
The orange lady is joy ad the green is fear but in between these two is the one that could either be anger or depression (anger turned inward).
When we are depressed or angry we are not really expressing our fears or joys.
We are stuck.

The other 'special' cloth is this nice red cloth.

couldn't really see it?

I took a class with Ann Johnson on Quilt Design.
She passed out a scape of her hand died fabrics to each participant.
I have never found just the right place for this piece.

I had just the motivation I needed to overcome all obstacles of fear.
But then realized this isn't going to work.
Will show you in my next post what I decided to do to "make it work".

To be continued in next post.


arlee said...

love the eye interpretation on "joy"! finding a special scrap is a great way to truly get involved in slow cloth---i wonder how you will go with that wonderful piece

Erika C. said...

I love this! Come to my blog for your award!


I think I told you that I want to learn quiltmaking. Maybe I will finally get to that.

Lynn said...

I love the emotions quilt. Love all the small hand work, embellishment ideas...great inspiration for me! Thanks.
The black and white fabrics are terrific. Can't wait to see what you do with them.
So, you knew her when! ;-)

Quilt Architect said...

I want you all to know that before I wrote this post I had the tea cozy with the black and white fabric already done. I also knew what I wanted to say about it...as it spoke to me just as much as Emotional. But after this earthquake it will definitely take on a double meaning.

I will write about it Monday and or Tuesday depending on how I feel. I had to take a three hour nape today. Going through earthquakes that are 6.5 mag. will do that to you I guess.

I got inspired to do Emotional by the Eleanor Peace Bailey's article entitled Booking It! in Quilting Arts Magazine...I think it was Spring 2005.
(I just couldn't find it today).

I did look at the article on Fri/or Sat. and didn't see any of the eyes that looked like the one that I did on Joy so that was good. But she did a lot of cool things with eyes so you might want to take a look. If I find the mag this week I will update the exact issue.

I don't think that Alma will remember me. I did save the hand written label...so I must have had faith in her actually becoming something. Actually I was enamored with her sending me something from NYC and I was living in a small house in Coos Bay, OR, so it felt like a big deal getting something from the big city.