Thursday, February 22, 2007

Soular Flair - Art Quilt Journey

So, now I’ve been quilting for several years and I’m a member of an African American quilters group on Yahoo. As a member I have participated in several swaps and hosted a swap. Now, I’m the proud owner of several bags of UFOs that I need to finish.
About two years ago one of the group members brought up the idea of creating art quilts. There were many of us who had never ventured into this realm of quilting, but we became intrigued at the idea. Carole suggested that we work in collaborative teams and keep journals about our experience.
As the deadline loomed near I was in a bit of a panic because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to present. I finally decided that I would let the fabric talk to me and I would go with the flow.
Off to City Quilters and sure enough the fabric started talkin’ and I was busy listening. One piece of fabric stood out and I decided I would make it the focus of the project. The fabric was black with metallic gold music notes and staffs. Also at that point the title of the project came to mind, Soular Flair.
The project took months to execute at one point my project was in jeopardy, but the fates prevailed and everything turned out beyond all of our expectations. Angela and Juanita were my partners and it was an exciting time for all of us.
There were many techniques that I wanted to use on the project, my mind was swimming. However, above all I wanted to hand quilt the piece and include beading. So, here are the photos of my journey into art quilting.

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