I usually don't get too into givaways - but when I discovered that I have a chance to win a map quilt made by my current idol - mentor - girl crush? - Valerie Goodwin - I had to follow instructions. It wasn't hard, and I'm really interested to know that there is another architect/art quilter out there, just down the road in Seattle. I am looking forward to browsing Louise Wackerman's blog, I'm Feeling Crafty, and read more about her art quilt work. If you want to get in on this giveaway, head over to her blog and leave a comment.
In other news, through a bizarre accident, I missed out on the first meeting of the Moonlight Quilter's Art Quilt (Rockin'?) Round Robin. The organizer's last name is Daily, and all her e-mail messages got dumped into my "Quilting Arts Daily" folder. These are e-mails I don't want to see every day, but like to browse through occasionally. I only found out Saturday morning that the first round of trades, where each person brings in their base quilt, was due on Monday - tomorrow! I didn't have much of an idea, but as I was obsessively re-folding brown fabrics yesterday the idea suddenly came to me that I should do a "tree of life" quilt.
From there it was just a matter of creating a base - and putting together a little journal of ideas and inspirations. I am not sure if others were taking the base/theme step this far -it seems like they were just making a piece of fabric, but the instructions did say that you could choose a theme. So- whatever! Here's my base piece:
(The lighting is so much different with the incandescent bulbs on!)
I found several great examples of Tree of Life quilts, from Ann Fahl, Susan Shie, Jane Sassemann and Judy Coates Perez - so I'm in good company. It will be interesting.