REALLY looking: a serendipitous discovery

river004Michael James could be described as the first extreme quilter.  This book, which was published in 1998, is in many quilters’ libraries.

It just so happened that when I bought it at a Guild retreat, I also bought a basket of goodies which I discovered included a magnifier.  Anxious to see how well it worked I held it over the book cover (not something I would usually do) and was gobsmacked to see that Michael James did not use only solids in his work.  In the older pieces especially there are some pretty tame calicoes that today would likely be relegated to baby quilts or quilt backs, as they’re just not that dynamic.  For example follow the fourth orange stripe from the bottom left and see what it’s joined to when the colour change happens!

CHALLENGE – what do you think?  Is it harder to use colours you don’t like or prints you don’t like?

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3 Responses to “REALLY looking: a serendipitous discovery”

  1. di5lexi Says:

    That looks like an amazing book!

    • textisle Says:

      Indeed it is – it shows James’ development as an artist and the process of making such huge pieces. These days we are inundated with fabric choices and it serves as a reminder that a stash as big as a fabric store really isn’t needed to create a masterpiece.

      • di5lexi Says:

        Thank God for that (says the girl pining for a bigger stash 😉 ) I started out by buying scrap packs so i could have some choice lol


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