Saturday, December 6, 2008

Watercolor quilts

For a couple of years in the mid 1990s, I was enamored of the technique developed by Pat Maixner Magaret and Donna Ingram Slussner in Watercolor Quilts, That Patchwork Place, 1993, and made at least a half dozen small wall hangings which I gave away to various friends. They were quite labor intensive since you "fussy" cut small squares which  you then arrange like dots of paint on a canvas. They are strip pieced but they do twist and turn around and get all messed up if you so much as blink. Since that time, a type of interfacing has been developed onto which one spot irons the small squares. This greatly facilitates the sewing operation. I haven't gone back to this technique to try out that interfacing stuff but it's sitting on the shelf waiting.

"Margaret's Flower Garden", 1998, 24x30 inches

When my dear friend and former piano teacher Nina moved to the Seattle area, her first house had no kitchen window which was very depressing so I made her a little quilt window to brighten her life. The redeeming feature of the fussy cutting involved in this technique is that you can incorporate little figures. Her quilt features cats because she's a serious cat person. I have slipped in birds, insects, dogs and rabbits into other quilts.

"Nina's Window", 1998, 24x30 inches

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