Not long after I took that workshop with Deborah Fell, I heard about an upcoming call for entry for a show that will take place in 2016. I don't want to say too much about this because I'm not sure what the status of this show is at the moment, but between the techniques I was using after the workshop and the call for entry, I was hugely inspired! The "theme" I chose to interpret was my personal vision of Colorado. There was a ton of leftover material from the workshop that I wanted to use, but in the end I had three large pieces in mind and had to make even more materials. A surface design superstorm hit my studio when I got out the Gelli Plate, stencils, stamps, and any other mark making tool I could find. When I thought I had enough collage material I painted some canvas and began collaging. When everything was dry I cut the collaged canvas into 6 inch squares and combined the colors into the background for a quilt. I forgot to take photos of the original canvases but I did take some of the second round. Here are some pictures of the uncut canvases and one of the backgrounds that I assembled.
When my copy of the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine arrived today I about burst from excitement. A couple of months ago I entered a piece in the "What's Your Signature Color" reader challenge and my piece made it into the magazine. This is a small 8" x 8" quiltlet made of fabric that I pieced, stamped, quilted, embroidered and embellished. The squares are fabric-paper edged with gold and layered with small fabric scraps. Sadly the blurb next to my piece says I live in Lakewood, California when it should say Colorado, but that little error hardly dents my thrill at being published in one of my favorite magazines.