Collaborative Quilt – Part II

There will be a Part III of this quilt report…..because this awesome project is not quite done.  To get your self up to speed, a group of eight quilters got together to share in the creation of a group project (click on the word project).  Each quilter got a thumbnail section of 1/8th of a photograph.  They were also given a line drawing of their section.  We were to go home and over several months interpret that section in fabric, using any technique in our artist’s arsenal.  This afternoon we got back together  to reveal what we had accomplished — hoping that all the sections would fit together.

I was always optimistic that the whole would be greater than the sum of its parts.  I was not disappointed.

This is the back of each quilter’s creation.  We each completed a top, inserted batting and a back. We each completed our section with the final quilting.

With just a little bit of drama we turned each piece.  Three sections have now been turned.

This is my good friend Edith Harmer tweeking the last section as it was turned over.   Each artist was given the yellow fabric for the inner border and  were instructed to apply an appropriate border.  As you will see, the borders are all different, and they certainly make a cohesive whole.

Ta-dah!  It looks like all the parts are going to fit together.  Keep in mind that at this point all these sections include a “seam allowance”.   When they are all finally seamed together the quilt  will not look as  “fractured”.    Check out that orange pot in the center.  Can you believe the dimension that Pat  created with fabric and a little paint?    In the section next to the orange pot, Jody used a photo transfer technique so that she could capture the reflection of the photographer(Edith) in the pot.

Starting at the top left of the quilt, the blocks were completed by Maggie, Gerry, Diane, and Edith.  Next row – Donna, Pat, Jody, and Cheryl.

Here  are the happy quilters with our almost completed project.  In the back row is Edith Harmer, Gerry Smeltzer, and Maggie Stimson.  Front row from left is Donna Parker,  Cheryl Pekar, Jody Rusconi,  Diane May and Pat Durbin.

Thank you ladies…the project is only going to get better!

8 Responses to “Collaborative Quilt – Part II”
  1. Maggie 18 May 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Thanks Edith and Donna! What a privilege it has been to be a part of this wonderful quilt. I am so happy with the results!

  2. Edith 18 May 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    Great job of posting the fun afternoon of revealing our unique creations, soon to become something wonderful! What a great bunch.

  3. Melodie 2 June 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    This is very cool! Can’t wait to go to the quilt show with an expert!

  4. Laura 9 June 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    Wow, Donna! I’m so impressed out how you continue to push the envelope with your quilting….always challenging, experimenting and creating amazing pieces. Congratulations (to you and the others!)on yet another beautiful work of art!

  5. Donna 10 June 2010 at 6:37 am #

    Thanks Laura. And we have more good news on this. The mother of Kevin Hofer, the creator of the original pottery, has asked to purchase the quilt. She met the asking price, and now $1000 will go to the Humboldt Area Foundation’s textile arts fund. We came full circle on this…..

  6. Trudie 13 September 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    This is just fabulous. And, very timely. Our small group is just about to embark on a similar journey. Your methodology is very helpful.

  7. Carol Hofer 1 December 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I am sooooo happy to have met 5 of you quilter ladies & know you & 3 others were part of this amazing quilt……Can’t tell you how happy I am to have it hanging on our living room wall.
    Peace Carol Hofer

  8. Gigi 22 February 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Please tell me how you put the pieces together! A group of us is doing a similar project, and we love that each section is quilted before it is seamed together. How did you do the seams??


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