I’ve decided to dig back into the archives and share some of my previous work and the stories behind the pieces. “Iris” goes way back.
In the fall of 2009, I took a break from four months of staining woodwork in my new house. (Yes, FOUR months of 40 hour weeks of staining baseboards, doors, and door and window trim. It’s a good thing that we’re never moving from this house because I am totally not doing that again!) I spent a week at Cambridge Quilt Shop taking a class with Ruth B. McDowell and having an absolute blast. It’s a wonderful treat to spend a full week in a class, creating art, and learning a new technique for my quilting tool belt.
In the class, we designed quilts based on our own photographs and using her method of piecing. After I finished my staining, I finished this quilt, which was based on a close-up photo I took of an iris from my garden. (I do a lot of Georgia O’Keefe-inspired intense close-ups of flowers, but this is the only photo ever turned into a quilt.) The quilt hung at the Vermont Quilt Festival in 2010.
This quilt is available for sale in the Shop.
Thanks for sharing this creation ‘story.’ I have learned and enjoyed using some of Ruth’s techniques in classes with Ann Shaw but your beautiful piece has gotten me thinking in a whole new direction!
And thanks for your inspiring visit with our guild here in Miami a few months ago.
That is so wonderful to hear! I love that this sparked something and I am so glad that you found my talk inspiring. I hope that you’re finding time to play!