Architectural Digest and MKCA

Exciting news! I’m thrilled and proud to share than my quilt “The Stars Dream of Snow” is currently featured in a project published online at Architectural Digest. The project: “A Highly Functional 225-Square-Foot Manhattan Micro-Apartment” is designed by my good friend and former business partner, Michael Chen of MKCA (Michael K Chen Architecture). Check it out! image3.png

Note: “The Stars Dream of Snow” was designed and made for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge for the MQG’s QuiltCon West 2016, where it won first prize in the category. And of course, check out Michael Miller Fabrics.

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THE FINAL QUILT!

It is nearing a year since I began this blog and this, my first assignment. When I started I thought it might take me, oh, say three, four months max per project. But a year? No way. Absolutely no way. And yet, well, it did.

That said, I am happy to announce, no, I am TOTALLY THRILLED to announce that this quilt is finished! It is not only finished, but photographed as well!

Title: “The Ground She Moves, Flies”

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I’ll explain: working through the words with which I began the project: (Repeated Folding, Angled Sliding, and Rippling), I thought about an ongoing process of form-making, like the geological movements that constantly occur to make the patterns in our earth. Repeated small shifts over time/space make forms and then release those forms as time goes by. Small or large changes occur, each one folding the old patterns into the new formations.

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A reading of the textures and patterns in the quilt suggest a timeline: first Repeated Folding occurs. Many little folds within the white fabric develop a fine scale texture that converges with the white and deep purple triangles of Rippling. Finally, a force of Angled Sliding shifts the pattern and the triangles move into or out of alignment. The pattern moves off beyond the boundaries of the quilt suggesting a continuation and the possibility of various other forms.

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When taking in the pattern as a whole, I love the interplay between a sense of falling into place, or “grounding” from left to right, and one of “flying” when considered from right to left. Thus the reference to both in the title.

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I chose to do a quilting pattern that could trace the movement in a series of stair-step lines. I made these very dense to increase the texture. I am still debating this one. In many ways I love the density of texture, but I also think some of the inherent texture of the folded pieces gets lost.

From a technical standpoint, this quilting was crazy difficult on my old Bernina with a small throat space. This had me dreaming of a Long Arm machine!

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And with that, I am pleased to present: “The Ground She Moves, Flies”

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