A group of ladies from my quilt group have got together and formed an art quilt group. We started with six ladies, now have 8, and have had 3 more enquiries. It is going to be so much fun as we discover new techniques and learn from each other. We meet once a month.
We decided we would start with something small and would do a little art journal quilt each month approx. 8" x 10".
This is my first little quilt. (October). I have named it "Dream Weavers", and it interprets a personal story. I have decided to do a quilt each month which pertains to what has been happening around and in my life for that month. Some of the ladies are going with a theme for the whole 12 months. We have no strictly defined rules and are keeping the format quite casual. We intend to exhibit our small quilts at our exhibition next September under the title "Discovery"
"Dream Weavers" was inspired by the work of Jude Hall. Jude recently had an article on fabric weaving in the Quilting Arts magazine and that sparked the idea to do a weaving theme.
I have incorporated a spiders web (made from recycled material - some type of acrylicy stuff which comes sometimes attached to the end of a blot of fabric) and a bead for a spider. I have done lots and lots of hand quilting and sewed on some little sheer pieces of georgette ribbon samples given to me by Shirley of Shirley's Twisted Threads.
The story behind the quilt is of two friends who are always dreaming of a place where they might pursue their creative side with sheer abandon - away from the mundane. That would be Shirley and Dianne (me) :-)