Tuesday, October 16, 2012

a sneak peek of my latest quilt

I can't wait to be able to share this one with you! This is my latest quilt which was a bit of a collaboration with Kaari Meng of French General and Jill Montgomery of Darling Jill Quilts. Kaari had approached me at spring quilt market about working together on an idea that she had for a quilt, inspired by an exhibition of photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher that she had recently seen. The Bechers were German artists, husband and wife, that worked collaboratively. They are best known for their extensive series of photographs of industrial buildings and other structures, known as architectural typologies.

I used four of Kaari's gorgeous solids from her latest collection with Moda. These photos were taken with my phone because I was in such a rush to get this finished, and they certainly don't do them justice. The colors are so rich and the fabrics have a really great hand, plus they look almost like a cross weave and have a bit of a printed texture, so they are not completely flat like a lot of other solids. They were really great to work with too. 

And the quilting is awesome. Not only did Jill finish this for me in record time, she came up with an amazing design for the quilting. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out how this one should be quilted, I'm so excited about what Jill did. I love that it is so heavily quilted, but the design does not distract from the design of the quilt at all. In fact, I think it really compliments it and Jill's stitching sort of reminds me of wood grain, which works perfectly with the concept and my Becher-inspired design. 

I wasn't familiar with the Bechers until Kaari introduced me to their work, but I have to say I love their photographs. I was especially taken by their photos of these wood and stucco buildings, which I used as the basis for my quilt pattern. If you'll be at fall market, you can see my finished quilt on display in the Moda booth, and the pattern will be available free on the French General site very soon. I'll share photos of the entire quilt as soon as I can, too. Thank you again to Kaari and Jill--this was such a fun project to work on with you!
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