Bushwhack: to cut a path through dense vegetation.
Inspired by patterns in nature, I saw each block like plant cuttings scattered on the ground. 40’ x 40”
You may remember when I posted some progress photos of this quilt several months ago. I started to make it for sheer pleasure, but as I was sewing it together I thought it would be a good fit for the Dinner@8 exhibit themed Pattern, organized by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Jennison.
Last week the acceptances went out, and my piece got a rejection. Of course I’m disappointed my quilt didn’t get in, it would have been nice for it to follow the exhibits tour at Quilt Festival, but I know there are other exhibits I could enter it into if I want to.
When you submit work to an exhibit, there’s all kinds of reasons it may not get in. Sometimes it’s because the design isn’t very strong or the workmanship is not up to parr. Sometimes it’s because the works doesn’t fit the theme as well as the other submissions, or it’s too different from the other work that has been selected, an exhibit needs cohesion. Other times it’s because there were so many wonderful entries that some perfectly good submissions don’t make the cut. The thing to keep in mind is there are other exhibits out there and the work that gets rejected one place may fit in better somewhere else.
Honestly, in a way, I’m kind of glad it didn’t get in, because I was going to have to make another sample quilt for my new class that I developed after making this quilt called PAINT & PRINT-A-PALOOZA, and that would take some time!
I had so much fun making the fabric for Bushwhack, that I knew I was onto something.
PAINT & PRINT-A-PALOOZA is a spin off from my multi-day 10+ TECHNIQUES WITH ACRYLIC INKS workshop. For those that have taken that class, it’s kind of like the first 3 hours where we make beautiful, colorful base fabrics using acrylic inks, but in this new class we work on top of those fabrics with thermofax screens as well as stamps to make unique custom patterned fabrics.
While we are printing on top of the colorful base fabrics we’ll focus on; color harmony, scale, contrast, visual texture, and placement of imagery for printing.
I love making my own printed fabric and it’s very possible you might really like it too.
If you’d like to join me making unique painted and printed fabric, sign up for Paint and Print-a-palooza at Craft Napa January 13th, 2017.
August 12-13 SLO Creative Studio, San Louis Obispo, CA 2-day Acrylic Inks workshop
September 21 Quilting in the Garden Livermore, CA – Painting Floral Imagery with Textile Paints
Nov 3-6 International Quilt Festival, Houston
Nov 1 Tsukineko Inks
Nov 2 Tea and Ephemera
Nov 3 Tsukineko inks
Nov 4 Blessings in the Wind: mixed media prayer flags
January 12-15 Craft Napa – Sign up Now!
Jan 12 Painting Imagery with Textile Paints
Jan 12 Fast and Fun Foam Stamps
Jan 13 Paint and Print-a-palooza
Jan 14 Blessings in the Wind, mixed-media prayer flags