Thursday, June 24, 2010

Focus June Meeting

My Focus group from SC met yesterday at my home; as always it was fun and inspiring. Janet Ginn showed us her latest piece made for her grandson; the pattern is her own design. It's a wonderful "man/boy/male quilt". The colors are very rich - a great combination of solids, plaids and stripes. It's a fairly easy block but so effective.

Many brought their challenge pieces. Focus is participating in a challenge with another fiber group - the Thread Heads of SC. The challenge is to make a piece depicting wood of some sort. It can be color, trees, things made of wood etc. They will be on display at the Blue Ridge Arts Council this fall. Diana Pickens made this wonderful piece depicting trees in a very abstract presentation. It's very effective with long strips and an organic themed fabric. It's not completed, but looks pretty great like it is.

At the last meeting, Diana was showing us a quilt she was recycling.  I never saw the original - just the blocks after she removed all the quilting and took the quilt apart. It's a beautiful piece - here's the block from last meeting

and the front. It's beautiful in person - wonderful color and lovely machine quilting. You can see it up close and personal at the Asheville Quilt Show this August at the NC Arboretum.
This is a detail of a piece Veronica Moriarty is working on. I love the quilting motifs in the center.
Veronica is working on a piece based on a picture near and dear to her featuring a boat and water. She's had some problems finding the "perfect" water, bringing the piece to meetings to share and get our input and has finally found something that will work really well. The first is the original photo, next is some fabric she painted and far right is her solution. I think it's an interesting way to interpret the background she's trying to create. The "mock-ups" were done in paper - a good way to design. I can't wait to see the finished piece, know it will be another beauty!
Have lots more to share with this group so please come back and visit - til then, keep creating! Judy

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