These cards are 2.5" x 4.5". I created them for an exhibit called The Art of Trading at Ohio State University. The exhibit was July 21- August 26, 2006. I found this to be a wonderful way to work through a series of ideas. These are like small sketches.
This is my first journal quilt. The first weekend of June 2006 my quilt guild had its first retreat. We found wonderful accommodations at Rose Creek Center just out of Franklin, NC. The classes were very informative and we had a great time getting to know each other. My class was quilt-as-you-go and I completed a lap quilt that weekend.
On the way to the center there was a field with an abandoned construction. It apparently had been a barn type structure. There were several large vertical poles in the ground. They were all are different angles. The image left an impression on me. This was the basis for this quilt.
Finally took a photograph of this quilt that I tried some new techniques to achieve. I discharged some black fabric with fern fronds laying on the cloth as I misted it with a solution of 50/50 clorox and water. After processing it to stop the bleach, I did some rubbings of the fern fronds with the shiva sticks. I continued this technique on the hand dyed bluegreen fabric. After constructing the quilt, I decided to add some copper sheeting that I changed the patina by soaking it in ammonia. I cut the metal to make a fern frond and sewed it on the quilt with my machine. I used pieces of the left over copper to form into cylinders that I had hand sewed on.