Nellie"s Needles

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Dogwood Arts Quilt Show

The Dogwood Arts Quilt Show is just about the only competition that I enter. It's a judged show with cash awards held here in Knoxville. It draws really good quilt entries from all over the country as well as many local ones. For me, this show serves as a way to share quilts beyond my circle of friends and family. It's also a personal measuring stick to see how my work stands ... that I've still got "it". Here are my three entries.

"Imelda's Dream" ( 70"x7o") - Awarded an Honorable Mention
Each shoe in its "lit" display cube is a translation of a heel designed by Christian Louboutin, a Parisian shoe designer. He paints all the soles of his shoes red. The glow of the lights is achieved with oil pastels. I had great fun designing and constructing the shoes two years ago. Last spring they got names and boxes. Giving them all a venue took just about every moment of studio time since I got back from Michigan. It's contructed with my collage technique of layering all the elements under tulle netting. The machine quilting holds everything in place. This may just be my last large machine quilted piece. It was a real struggle wrestling this much quilt through the sewing machine.

I'm very pleased that "Imelda's Dream" also received the "Just For Fun" special award.

"Regeneration" (60"x34") - Awarded Honorable Mention
I was inspired to make this tryptic when Lee and I hiked through an area that had burned ten years earlier in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I had a strong emotional reaction to the tender new growth under the still standing burned trees. It was a glorious early summer day under a clear blue sky. There were flowers blooming everywhere among the new growth trees. I couldn't help but think of how perceived destruction is often necessary for regeneration. A prominent example being chemotherapy.

I want to express my appreciation to Kate Cox who intoduced me to the technique I learned in her "Fabric Landscapes" workshop. It was pefect for expressing the feelings evoked that most memorable day.

"Dancing Squares" (86"x86") - Awarded Honorable Mention
All kinds of squares joyously dance through this quilt. The design evolved through a "round robin" design exercise with my daughter-in-law, Jeanette Jancius Durand, and niece-in-law, Diane Cross Durand. We had each designed and made the center panel for a quilt. Then we swapped those and added to it. The challenge was to make the addition unique and to have it work with what was already there. At the end we each had a large piece that the three of us had contributed to. I continued adding onto mine to make this bedsized quilt.

This quilt is the first of the wedding presents I intend to make for my grandchildren. I can easily handle machine pieceing and hand-quilting large pieces. Since I want to hand-quilt these, I thought I'd better get started even though the oldest are only seven years old (the 3 boys were four when this one was begun). I can-hand quilt anywhere...the cottage, the beach, the mountains, in the car.....

Thank you for visiting my show quilts. I hope that you clicked on each photo to enlarge it and then clicked again to see details. To view the rest of the winning quilts in the Dogwood Arts 2006 Quilt Show go the Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild website.


Dianne Durand said...

Your work continuely amazes me. I hope to see these in person soon.

Love you
Mamma D
Dianne Durand

Suzanne said...

Hi Nellie,
I met you on the ferry crossing Lake Michigan last August (shortly after I met Jeanette at the SDA conference). The only two people I've ever met outside of Michigan who knew Lake Macataw. I am still amazed that you two mentioned it to each other and realized I was the same person. Proof of 6 degrees of separation

I have been enjoying your blog since you started. Loved seeing pictures of your work and your studio(s) plus the commentaries.

The shoe quilt is quit fantastic - "Imelda's Dream". I would love to see it in person. The colors are so good and the way the squares look lit up is a nice touch. Working with a theme in a grid is a favorite technique of mine and I love shoes (Ferragamo). I'll bet they were fun to make.

The quilt done with Jeanette and your niece are terrific. Which part did you make? How great your sons bring such talents into the family. Alas, my three daughters won't touch a needle (and worse, even brag about it!) Their creative urges, even the one that is an artist, have turned to reproducing - 2 more children this year - one just 3 days ago.

I'd like to say I've been as productive as you, or even one/tenth, but I haven't even unpacked from the SDA conference last June. I've turned into an admirer rather than a doer and fortunately your talent is around to admire. Go get'm Nellie, you are truly an inspiration. Thanks for including me on your blog messages.


Anita Fayart said...

Dear Nelli, Beautiful work, Jan and I are admiring it. She and Don are the couple in the car when we drove into your driveway the other day. Great Work.
Anita Fayart