|close detail of hand quilting with ecru pearle threads|
|"Orange Explains It" queen size quilt finished|
1. A visit in Washington DC with the Gee's Bend quilters of Alabama.
2. The scraps of orange and gray fabric that were given to me at a DC modern quilt guild meeting.
|scraps of orange gray and brown first gift|
|more orange from the scrap swap meet|
|DCMQG members at the Gee's Bend event|
|Gee's Bend quilt detail|
|table view of Gee's Bend quilt|
|close up of the quilting from Gee's Bend quilt|
|Nice detail of Gee's Bend quilt|
|Lady in purple suit with pearls and the younger one in Pink sweater set both from Gee's Bend who shared their quilting stories and songs with us.|
|Elder Gees Bend quilter with the US Postage stamps commemorating her communities quilts|
|my first try at using the orange gray and brown fabrics in an abstract improvisational block|
At first I played with the fabrics on my design wall, not sure what I was going to do with them. Pretty quickly a block style began to emerge. It's all rectangles from strips of any fabric that was a little like orange. I chose many fabrics ranging from reds to yellows in the spectrum of orange. It's interesting how colors that look a little orange alone when placed next to other oranges becomes a new hue, usually yellow or red. I used what I understood to be the Gee's Bend design formula of going with my natural inclinations to work up more and more new blocks until the whole was big enough for a queen sized bed.
|blocks arranged on the design wall to try and find a way to assemble them into a solid quilt top|
|detail of hand quilting using pearle #8 ecru|
|adding a dark chocolate brown binding|
|top with label turned up|
|simple blue and white for the backing to cool off those hot oranges|