Michael 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?
If the sky were deeper it might look more like the big skies of the southwestern desert.
Of course there is a maximum size of 24 inches for both height and width so adding sky (how much) means chopping down below by at least an equal amount.
Trying to make sure I`m happy with the end result, that it will seem to be in proportion and say what I want it to say.
This is just an audition. If I go this route I will be dyeing some yummy cotton-linen fabric from Satin Moon Quilted Garden which I used in the strata just above the black fabric with the dots. There`s still time to think about this, especially in light of the fact that I should build up my supplies of ice before doing any more dyeing.
(written May 14)
Our Quilt Guild retreat is coming up in early June.
Part of the fun is a draw for blocks, either log cabin or bear`s paw in keeping with the Wild, Wild West theme.
These are supposed to be in earth colours with red centres and of course have the light and dark sides.
Hoping mine are sufficiently earth coloured enough to meet with approval. If time permits (ha-ha!) I may make more. There`s some slate blue fabric which to me is earthy but others might disagree.
The other unknown when making blocks for a group project is that others may interpret light differently than me. I stuck with the palest fabrics and rejected others which could be light if all the blocks were being made either by one person or by a close-knit group who could agree they were light.