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, October 18, 2007

Magic time! Visions of Plenty

I finally got "Visions of Plenty" on the design wall. It'll be 12 blocks tall and 22 blocks wide. That translates to more or less 7 ft tall and 12+ ft wide. (somehow I wound up with fewer blocks than I estimated I had) It'll be divided into 4 sections of width- which will allow me to maintain good control while quilting this huge sucker. I got the 1st 6 rows of the left most section pieced today. It took about 5 hours just to lay out the blocks on the wall. (That black thing is my rolled up black paper photo backdrop)

I'm excited about this piece. The immense size - done on spec- is insane. I haven't yet decided on how I'll quilt it. But one thing I do know-- I'll be concentrating on lots of variety in the quilting itself. I'm considering doing something somewhat similar to how I handled the quilting on Yikes Stripes-- lots of varying sized, overlapping circles. Like bubbles gone mad! Each bubble would have a unique thread color and quilting pattern. I want the quilting to visually flow from one section to the next.

It is a statement about my frame of mind that I am doing a piece this large with this name. I've had an extraordinary level of losses this year. My father died, our 200 year old post oak died, my dearest friend is moving to Prague next week, and earlier this week I ran over my 17 yr old cat. ugh! So I am conjuring up lots to replace these losses. I'm creating bigger, bolder and happier.

As I get more of it pieced I'll shoot more photos. While still piecing I'll begin dyeing and printing the backs as well. Yes there will be pictures. Please keep your eyes out for an opportunity for me to sell this piece. It would be great going up a big stairwell--because of it being in several sections-- or perhaps a large wall in a conference room or bank lobby, perhaps that airport concourse I've been hoping for. Maybe even a hospital lobby or great room. The final price will be in the $19,000 range.

I love working this large. It gives me a feeling of expanse and grandeur. Since I am not doing the art festivals anymore--yep, decision reached-- I will be focusing on creating work that is either for commission, purely to delight me or for specific exhibitions.

I spent so much time trying to second guess the public while doing art shows that I kinda lost the joy of just creating a piece because it moved me. Hopefully these newer works will reflect that new found joy. I'd love your feedback!


Patsy Thompson said...

This is absolutely stunning!

PaMdora said...

The shear size of this changes how it will impact as compared to your previous work. It will be beautiful.

I thought there was a call for interior public art for a company in St. Louis on this blog a few weeks ago, but don't have time to look for it. You can search the site here

PaMdora said...

Just remembered -- when will this be done? It could be hung on that wall in the Creamery for their grand opening.

Rebel Quilter said...

Thanks Pam- Actually I did enter that call for artists for the auditorium lobby. This piece was actually inspired by that call.

When is the Creamery grand opening?
I have the blocks assembled about 1/3 of the way through- then have to go back and assemble the rows.etc. etc. Not next week I hope! This piece is only about 2/3 the size needed for that space. Boy I'd LOVE to get that commission! Won't hear anything until January though.

Casey said...

The color flow is delightful. What a wonderful leap of faith pursuing that which gives so much pleasure. Fingers crossed for a sale!!

Susie Monday said...

wow. this is gorgeous. And inspirational. I want to do something this big someday, just because. Susie

Natalya said...

is is absolutely gorgeous! wow! thank you for sharing...

Suzi said...

I can't believe you ran over your cat!!!! Oh my gosh!!! I've been behind on checking the blog spot. Will sit down and read all this when I can. looks like you have been busy!! Wow!!

Suzi said...

Susan, I sooooo know what you mean about getting tired of second guessing the public. I am wore out with one more show to go. I started a pieced yesterday (you would like because it is "pieced paper" and I'm making it up as I go and it makes no sense yet and I'm having a ball. It may be sellable and it may not, but that is not why I'm doing it. This new piece is awesome!!! Hope you find a buyer. What a wonderful accomplishment for you!!