The purpose of this blog is share with others the processes involved in my favorite form of creativity- silk art quilts. The creative process itself is a fascinating thing. I am constantly amazed by it- both its simplicity and its complexity.

I feel strongly that I am a better person since I truly started following my dream. Because of collectors--those who actually buy original art-- I am able to live my dream. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You can see more of my work at my website http://www.rebelquilter.com/.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Yeehaw! award and new work

Big deal award! Niche Award!
Niche Award! Yep! It happened! I won the award for the Pieced/ Quilted Category! I told you EVERYONE would know! I'm still not real sure what this award gains me other than another national award on my resume'- I am not complaining!!!!! I just know it is a big deal and I got it! This quilt is A Matter of Perspective and that is the quilt that garnered the award. Now on to my next excitement......

This quilt has grabbed me by the short hairs and won't let go. All the fabrics except the solid blacks are "Spots, Dots, Speckles and Freckles"- it's name! There is such energy and the colors are totally by accident. They were the fabrics in my stash that had spots, dots, speckles or freckles. As it turns out the colors are happy, optimistic and so retro! But with the blocks directly against each other there is just TOOO much energy. So I am taming them down JUST a tinch by adding black sashing between the blocks like this....
Aaah. Isn't this better? So far the blocks are connected into rows but they are just pinned to the design wall. I have fairly elaborate plans for both the back and the quilting. The challenge is that I have SOOO much I need to be doing like selecting the 10 images for the MADI Museum catalog, and sending 2 dozen scarves to the Arkansas History Museum and finishing that gorgeous liturgical stole and being interviewed for a magazine article. But this piece is just haunting me and won't let go. So I may miss out on some sleep here for a few days. I really want this to be in the MADI catalog- as a finished piece.

But I haven't quit dancing the happy dance! Quick! Once around the cutting table -Yeehaw!


glennis said...

Let me be the first to say....congratulations!!
Way cool. I was so inspired by your circles, I had to try my own! Now, back to work!

jude said...

fabulous. really nice rhythm to this one. found you through glennis. congrats!
jude at http://spiritcloth.typepad.com

Rebel Quilter said...

You are both very welcome. I love the feedback. I'm having a blast with the quilting. I think it will create an optical illusion with all the black areas looking like the are in a layer behind the blocks.
I'm curious to know how you found me.

jude said...

i found you thru glennis but glennis will have to speak for herself. she is always inspiring me with new links.

glennisd said...

thanks jude- (she's one to talk!)
I may have googled shibori and quilt or it came up since i have a google alert on the word shibori.
what a lucky find for me!
two of my favorite quilters, and each so unique!

Tricia McKellar said...

Congratulations!!! Way to go, Susan! I wish you many more!