I’m pleased to announce that “Time Travel” has been accepted into the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival to be held February 25-28, 2010 in Hampton, VA. This is the fourth year in a row my work has been accepted there.
I have a soft spot in my heart for this show. It used to be held in Williamsburg, where I went to college, and it was the first big quilt show I ever attended, probably about 15 or 16 years ago. It was moved from Williamsburg to the convention center in Hampton several years ago.
Time Travel is part of my Color Block series, which explores the graphic potential of solid color fabrics put together with improvisational piecing techniques. This quilt grew out of the previous quilt in the series, Regatta. After I squared up the blocks for that quilt, I had these wonderful strips of fabric left over and I couldn’t bear to throw them away. I pieced them into wonky rectangular blocks using different color solid fabrics and alternated them with wonky log cabins. The strips go in different directions and add a lot of movement and activity to the quilt. It was fun to piece and then I handquilted concentric circles all over the top with a large needle and perle cotton. I didn’t really know how it would end up when I started it and that’s my favorite way to work.