Elemental Changes: Color Play

Elemental Changes: Color Play by Nadine Ruggles2009

60″ x 60″

Machine pieced and machine quilted with #100 silk thread from YLI, King Tut variegated cotton thread from Superior Threads, and Aurifil 50wt. cotton Mako, low loft 100% polyester batting.

Elemental Changes: Color Play placed 4th in the 2009 New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest sponsored by the National Quilt Museum, Museum of the American Quilters Society. Embellished with over 500 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.

Burgoyne Surrounded book, published by AQSThe 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 were on display until May 19, 2009 at the National Quilt Museum, Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, in Paducah, Kentucky, and traveled as an exhibit to other museums and venues until December 2010.

Elemental Changes: Color Play, detail by Nadine RugglesWhy 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!

For a closer look at some of the Inchies on this quilt, see the Gallery: Elemental Changes Inchies.

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