June 1, 2017

Busy, Busy Month of May

This week takes a prize of some sort for having three newly-finished quilts signed, sealed, and delivered in just one short week.

My hometown of Evanston holds a month-long arts celebration every June called Evanston Made.  There are exhibits and programs all over town.  This year, I'm exhibiting in two events.

This quilt will be in the main show at the Evanston Art Center.  It's a new member of my Something From Nothing series called "Symmetry."  It's 16.5" x 16.5".  The opening is this Friday 6/2 5-8pm, and I'll be there.  The show runs for the entire month. 

And this quilt will be in a show called Nasty Women Evanston, a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.  The event is on Saturday 6/3 from 6-9 pm, and I'll be there as well.  The show is patterned after a similar fundraiser in New York City that was quite successful.  All pieces in the show are for sale and 100% of the proceeds go to P. P.  This is also a Something From Nothing quilt.  It's called "Directions" and is 12" x 12".

I had some fun while stitching this one, which I wrote about a bit earlier.

And finally, a quilt called "To Turn, To Turn."  This is the third quilt of this pattern that I have made.  You can read about the first two in a previous post.  The quilt has velcro strips on the back so it can be rotated as the year goes along, keeping the current season at the top.

The quilting design includes clouds, sun, rain, wind, and snow.

This version was commissioned by my friend Diane, as a gift for her son who is about to graduate from med school.  We worked together to get the fabrics "just right."  Diane is a glass artist, and we had loads of fun.  A photo of the first set of fabric choices we made is below.  The fabrics look quite a bit different when they are in folded chunks pulled off the shelves vs. when they are cut to size and shape, so there was quite a bit of fiddling around to get the final look.  You might have fun comparing the two and finding all the changes we made. 

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