This week I’m previewing work that I’ll be showing at the McLean Project for the Arts Artfest this Sunday, Oct. 4 from 10-5 in McLean Central Park, McLean VA.
At right is “Time Travel,” one of the first pieces in my Color Block series. I haven’t been able to show it much at my exhibits because it’s been traveling. This piece was juried into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Festival last fall and then it went to the Quilts=Art=Quilts juried show in Auburn, NY through January 2009.
” Time Travel” was inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilt exhibit I saw in Baltimore. I hand pieced the log cabin style blocks with improvisational piecing using solid commercial cottons. The blocks with the slanted stripes use strips left over from another project that I couldn’t bear to throw away. I pieced the blocks and then put them up on my design wall and played with the arrangement until I had a pleasing design. I really love the way the colors play off against each other in this piece–if you didn’t know it was fabric, it almost looks like it’s painted.
Because this piece had a folk art feel, I hand quilted it with red perle cotton thread in concentric circles over the entire top. The name came to me because I felt like I was traveling back in time to be inspired by the quiltmakers of the past, yet the bold graphic quality of the design seems very contemporary.
If you’re in the McLean area on Sunday, stop by the Artfest–there will be great art, food and entertainment! I’m in tent #24. For more information on the Artfest, visit the MPA website at www.mpaart.org