This quilt, AUTUMN RHAPSODY, was also selected for the New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilt exhibit at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO. I sincerely thank the jury for being so generous. The exhibit runs from July 9 until Sept. 2.
I titled this piece Autumn Rhapsody because, when it was completed, I found it to have a feeling of celebration…a song of autumn. I chose the colors to represent the few weeks each year when the reddish-brown of fall begins to appear, but the green of summer still remains…a time of transition.
As for the quilting design…it is such an important layer in an art quilt. I spend a lot of time looking at the painted top of the quilt before I understand how I am going to quilt it. I don’t mark the top with the design, although I may chalk in some horizontal or vertical lines, just to ensure that I keep the quilt square as I work on it. I tend to work spontaneously as I free-motion stitch, but I am always aware of my vision and previous understanding of how the design impacts the finished piece. I so enjoyed quilting the leaves in this piece! I wanted them to be free and “sketch like”… I know I will use them again! …from the studio