I was at the exhibition of ozquiltnetwork quilts last Saturday. The brilliant floor talk was given by Marjory Goodall and I got SOOOO inspired!
Basically a series of small 40cm x 40cm quilts were presented in a gallery setting and so successfully! Quilts as legitimate art in a mainstream gallery!!
Returning home, I wanted to create something. As luck would have it, I’d borrowed a book from my sister . Stitching to Dye in Quilt Art by C June Barnes is not new (published in 2008) but the time has to be right, doesn’t it? The time was suddenly right for me.
I decided to embark on June Barnes’ exercises. Her work is wonderful but it’s not what grabbed my attention. I could see that her way of preparing small quilts and dyeing them would be a great way of creating a background for further embellishment. Plus, with a new sewing machine (Pfaff Quilt Expressions 4.0), I needed to practise free motion quilting.
Essentially, Barnes pieces a small quilt from a range of natural fabrics (at least eight different ones) and then dyes them.
Here are my results: