Margaret Blank – Series #2 – Time – Seasons in the Abstract: Winter
In the introduction to my selected Series theme, I identified two areas I wanted to explore: first, the idea of seasons. Turning sixty-five later this year has me pondering a great deal the passage of time — which seems to speed up with each passing day, month, season and year.
Second, the techniques of “modern” and “improv” quilting, or moving into abstraction. I have long wanted to be able to move in that direction, and have now taken three online classes that focus on those creative concepts. There is much to do to move me farther along the road in those directions, but I’m pleased to say I’ve made some progress. Even more exciting to me is the fact that I created the piece below before I took the concept of ‘shape’ in one of these classes…and then learned about the way my piece played on that concept with some success. I know going forward I’ll improve my use of ‘shape’ — and line, value, form and proportion — but it was a boost to know I seem to be on the right track!
First: the photo that inspired me to make this ‘Winter’ piece — taken by my daughter and used with her permission:
Next, the fairly representative piece I made based on this photo:
And now the ‘modern/abstract’ piece I’ve made for this Series, based on both of the above:
And a detail photo:
Materials: hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabric, cotton thread and batting.
Techniques: machine piecing, machine quilting. The piece was made with fabric that was not pre-washed, and quilted more densely than is my usual practice. It was then washed after it was completely finished, faced and had label and sleeve attached. This was done in the style of modern quilting practiced by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle, quilters in the Modern style, who do this to introduce texture into their pieces.
I look forward to your comments on this first product of my new adventures in quilting!
Quilts in Series:
Quilt 1 Quilt 2