The big news of the day: Elemental Changes: Color Play placed 4th in the 2009 New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest sponsored by the Museum of the American Quilters Society. This is the super-secret project from last year that I wasn’t talking about much because of this other super-duper-secret project that’s going on now (that I just might be able to talk about in a day or two if you want to stick around for that; well, I don’t mean “stick around” as in never leave the site for two days, but you get what I’m saying, right?).
So what’s the big secret? You see those colored squares? All 500 gazillion of them? Okay, there aren’t 500 gazillion of them, and at this point unless I do the math, I can’t remember how many there actually are, but there are more than 500! Anyway, they’re not just patchwork squares, they’re something more than patchwork. They’re Inchies! 1″ x 1″ squares of fabric art, embellished with beads, fibers, crystals and found objects, each one a unique and multidimensional work of art. Here’s a closer look (as always, hover and click for the supersize view, and then you can click the zoom icon in the bottom right for an even closer look!).
Why Elemental Changes: Color Play for the title? When the colorful part of the plan for this quilt fell into place, I originally thought I would have a quilt that was sort of representational of the four seasons and/or four elements, with winter/spring/summer/fall and/or air/water/fire/earth colors. I’m not quite sure it turned out that way, but Elemental Changes also refers to changing the elements of the original block around to make something new. And Color Play? That’s the really fun part: the Inchies are attached with Velcro®! So the Inchies can be moved, rearranged, swapped or even completely removed. The Velcro pieces on the patchwork squares behind the Inchies are black and white, so the quilt actually stands on it’s own without the Inchies for a monochromatic look. This is the ultimate color play quilt!
Quilt stats for the curious: 60″ x 60″, machine pieced and machine quilted with #100 silk thread from YLI, King Tut variegated cotton thread from Superior Threads, and 50wt cotton thread from Aurifil, low loft 100% polyester batting.
The whole story of the inspiration, design and construction of the quilt is published in the book Burgoyne Surrounded: New Quilts from an Old Favorite, along with the stories of the other 17 quilts that were finalists in the contest. The finalist quilts are on display now through May 19, 2009 at the National Quilt Museum, Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, in Paducah, Kentucky, and will travel as an exhibit to other museums and venues (like the AQS quilt shows!) through December 2010.
In the next few days, I’ll be re-posting some pictures that I had to hide away for a little while, so I’ll let you know when that’s done. You’ll be able to see more of the Inchies on this quilt up close!