Does anyone else dream a new piece? I read the book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. The book is geared towards a younger audience, but I really enjoyed it. It made me think about how we are all humans, the same, but look at the same world so differently. I found it an interesting subject to think about. Then, on Quilt Art there was quite a heated discussion going on among our group.

And again, I was struck by how all of us in the same creative world thought about things so differently. It amused me to compare what was happening on Quilt Art with the book I had just read. I started really noticing how groups of people could be talking about the very same thing but could be looking at it so differently. Then I saw the movie made from the book. On the way home I was thinking about all these different ladders of thought.

That night I dreamed about these thoughts I had been ruminating on for a few weeks. In my dream were colors and shapes in interesting compositions. All these shapes shared a commonality but were different from each other. Suddenly all these divergent shapes became a quilt. I was so excited Imagewhen I woke up. I sat down immediately and drew the design. I have been working on this every time I have a minute. The design is evolving a bit differently than what I sketched but I am enjoying this immensely.

Will it be any good? I have no idea. Dreams are so much fun!






My Bloomin' Eyedeas“I thought I was modern. I made quilts that were original, one-of-a kind, my own designs. Then I started hearing about the modern quilt movement and I realized I am old. The new, mostly young quilters were all over the internet on social media talking about their quilts.”

No, I don’t think these quilters have invented anything new. What I do like is a return to a fresh look at clean lines, streamlined thought and spontaneity. Bright bursts of color and negative space, these are not new, but we have been buried in opulence for the last couple of decades. Ever more stitching, pattern, embellishment, nothing is ever too much. Don’t get me wrong, many of my pieces I love are made this way too. Maybe I’m jaded, but it is starting to look tired and dated. Like overdone old ladies. This movement is refreshing.

I have been dabbling in some abstract work the last few years as I have searched for more simplicity in my work. I love fabric collage but I also like the flow and freedom of geometric abstract thought. So, though I am old I want to play with the new. I think I’m going to have fun.WIP