I finished “Fractured Landscape” just in time to send it in for the early bird April 1 deadline for the Studio Art Quilt Associates 2010 Benefit Auction. The auction is a major fundraiser for the group, which is a non-profit organization that promotes the art quilt. The donated quilts are posted on the SAQA website until the auction begins September 20, 2010. Each piece is 12″x12″, or One Foot Square. It’s a reverse auction, with prices starting at $750 and declining each day to $550, $350, $250, $150, and $75. The auction is virtual, so it takes place entirely online and it’s a lot of fun.
This quilt is another in my Color Block series. This series explores the relationship between line and color using only solid fabrics without any other pattern. Creating these contemporary color studies is intuitive and spontaneous, which is my favorite way to work. This piece was built using purchased hand dyed solid fabrics and some odds and ends from previous projects. It’s almost like using sourdough starter–I keep scraps and odd blocks that didn’t fit into earlier projects and invariably they become the basis for something new.
If you click on the image, you should be able to see the free-motion machine quilting, which includes stylized flower shapes, pebbles, clouds, bricks and other interesting motifs. The name suggested itself as I was quilting the piece–the curved top edge looked like a mountain and the bottom edge like a walkway, with interesting structural shapes in between.