07 January 2007

Art Quilt for Sarah G.

This is a preview of a project I'm working on for my friend Sarah G. who has asked me to play around with some ideas for an art quilt for her new house. Here is a mini-version of what I'm thinking of doing.

Sarah loves these art quilts by Mimi Damrauer. And I love this quilt by Denise Schmidt. I think this little art quilt falls somewhere between the two and that makes me happy. I picked colors that remind me of Brown County, Indiana, a place we both love.

This mini-sample is only about 5x6 inches. I anticipate the final product will be more like 3x4 feet. And calling it a quilt may be a stretch. I don't plan to do any traditional piecing OR quilting on it thanks to the wonders of iron-on transfer fabric.

Oh, you creative women (and men?) out there, what do you think about the overall colors and irregular/regular shapes? Is there too much of the blue fabric? Leave a comment and have a hand in designing my first "art quilt".


njc said...

I love these quilts! I'm trying to convince Rod to get me one of the Schmidt designs for my birthday but somehow I think the $4,000 price tag may be a slight obstacle.

Jason A. Miller said...

This reminds me of the Gee's Bend quilts. Do you know them?

I think the colors are good. Maybe a little too much blue in the B/L to T/R diagonal, especially the T/R? Or maybe it's just the slight off-kilter shape of the overall piece.

I have a dream of making some quilts, but as of yet they remain just ideas. Maybe you'll inspire me. Your stenciled t-shirts got me excited--I can't wait to try some for myself.

Kris said...

I like it a lot! I like the blue...I'm a little more concerned about the "jelly beans."

Deb said...

JAM, It's so nice to see you here! and I value your opinion. I'm going to pin it all up on a bulletin board before I commit to fusing/sewing it together so I'll keep in mind the comment about the blues on the diagonal. Too bad you live in Kansas or we could make a quilt together :)

Nat, I guess we'll have to figure out how to make our own Denyse Schmidt quilts--did they teach you how to sew in med school?

Kris, it's corn, silly, not jelly beans and as each kernal is only about an 1/8th of an inch wide, I don't think it will be too obviously "corny".

Keep the comments coming, friends!

Deb said...

Oh, and I LOVE what I know about the Gee's Bend quilts. I have a book about them on my Amazon wish list and will probably buy it for myself one of these days.

Anonymous said...

Deb, I love your stuff--very inspiring! Your current project reminds me of the Gee's Bend quilts. I have the Gees's Bend American Treasures stamps, and I resent every time I have to waste one to pay a bill. It's a dream of mine to create a quilt in a similar style. I found your site after trolling around my friends' blogs. Amazing, huh? By the way, this is Joyce from way back in the Clinton era. (School, that is.) Happy crafting.

Deb said...

Joyce, as in sister-of-Kevin, daughter-of-Ruby Joyce?? Welcome, old friend!

I will confess to having bought 3 books of those stamps because I liked them so much better than all the other options.