Friday, February 10, 2012

Our World: A slice of Life

After the Rambling River project we decided to do another challenge quilt project.  Our project is a 80" circle divided into 14 wedges.  Each artist depicted something in their wedge that was important to them:  a place they love, a special memory, a trip or birthplace.  We got together in October 2011 to see the pieces together. 
The next step was to attach each wedge to the black background so it could be hung.

There will be a picture of the globe from space in the middle.  It will be unveiled at the Bits n' Pieces quilt show in St. Louis, MO on March 17th, 2011.

Rambling River Quilt

In early 2010, a small group of fiber artists began brainstorming ideas for their next project. Inspired by another river project and the fact that the artists live along the Missouri River, the Rambling River Project was born. A few specific guidelines were provided in the beginning; then artists worked independently and did not see each other’s work until all sections were complete.
Each artist was to create one section of the river following these guidelines:
Make a quilt 18”x22”, oriented vertically
Use the blue colored fabric provided as the “river fabric”
Make the “river” enter and exit the quilt somewhere on the sides (using designated widths, so river would flow from one section to the next)
Use any methods or techniques desired
Keep the section a surprise until September 2010

The River
The first time the quilts were put together was in September 2010. This was also the first time many of the artists met face-to-face. As the rivers connected, so did the artists. The first public exhibition was in Lee’s Summit, Missouri in November 2010. The exhibit will travel to various venues throughout the Midwest in 2011 and 2012.
About The Artists
The 15 artists range in age from their early 30s to early 80s. Their backgrounds and experience levels vary as much as their different approaches to the fiber art seen in this exhibit. Most belong to one or more quilt guilds – groups dedicated to learning and sharing the art of quilt making and fiber art.