Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Worship and the Arts - Seminary Student Work

Dawn L. Stewart with her piece "Sing to the Lord"
A couple of months ago I was contacted by seminary student, Dawn Stewart, studying worship and the arts. She had an assignment to write a paper based on an interview with a sacred artist. She found my name on the internet. We spent the day together. I showed her my studio, shared my faith/quilting journey and even took her to my church where several of my pieces are permanently installed. Also in the class she needed to make a piece of art. Our conversation led to her coming back to my home for private instruction on how to make a praise quilt. After two sessions, this is what she created. I am very proud of her accomplishment. She is not a quilter and yet she quickly learned how to rotary cut, sew 1/4" seams, fuse, applique, and did the words with thread painting. She was a very quick and fearless student.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sunflowers - Alliance for American Quilts Auction Piece

I have finished my auction piece for the Alliance for American Quilts. This year's theme is "Alliance".  In 1987 I made a lasting alliance with Mike Ellis. I got married. So to honor the theme, Mike and I made this piece together. He is an artist too. He painted a canvas based on a photo I took last summer in California. Then I made a quilt sandwich and finished it with thread.

This collaboration was wonderful. We have more pieces planned for 2011.