Okay, I am going to try to finish the USA quilts today.
Sam Morrissey, Washington, CT USA - Van Gogh's Sunflowers
Sam (Sharon) Morrissey - close up view
By Sharon A. Morrissey, Washington, CT USA, blog – http://samorrissey.weebly.com/index.html
As you can see my quilt is an attempt to depict as close as possible a copy of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting, using several methods of portraying 3-D sunflowers. Thanks to Jennifer O’Brien I was introduced to the Spray and Fix line of spray adhesives and I used 606 Spray & Fix to adhere the vase and stems to the background and then satin stitched around the vase; as well as to separate the background and the table on which the vase is sitting. 606 Spray & Fix and Cindy Walter’s “snippet” process was used to create the spiky petals at the base of the sunflowers. The gathered 3-D sunflowers idea is from “The Art of Manipulating Fabric” by Colette Wolff. The centers of the sunflowers are small yo-yos and beads. I quilted the quilt on my “Homesteader” Long Arm Sewing Machine. And lastly I used Jeri Rigg’s facing technique instead of normal quilt binding. . I must admit that I’ve always been intimidated by anything that had to do with “art”, but quilting has given me the opportunity to “ease” into having fun with art projects.
Diane Wright, Gilford, CT - View from Vincents Window
View from Vincents window Close up
By Diane Wright, Gilford, CT USA, http://dianewrightquilts.blogspot.com/
The challenge to use Van Gogh’s sunflowers for this exhibit immediately brought to my mind the fields of beautiful flowers with their heads following the sun across the day’s sky. That image would have been quite familiar to Van Gogh and, possibly, an inspiration. I tried to calculate descending block sizes to suggest an abstraction of a field of sunflowers. After I constructed and quilted the piece, I was not happy with my impression of my subject until I appliquéd more “realistic” flower heads.
Janice Kelly, Full view, Shattered Flowers in the Moonlight
Janice Kelly, Westport, CT USA - Shattered Sunflowers in the Moonlight
By Janice Kelly, Westport, CT USA
The background fabric came from my fabric stash. It reminded me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. With the artists mental illness the sun flowers are how he might have pictured the flowers with his shattered mind against the night sky.
Mary Franc, Bethel, CT USA - Picasso Meets Van Gogh
Mary Franc, Bethel, CT, USA - Picasso Meets Van Gogh close up web
By Mary Franc, Bethel, CT USA
As a quilter I didn’t want to copy a Vincent Van Gogh painting. I was drawn to the sunflowers in his vase paintings, to his painting of cut sunflowers and also to the darkness and colors of Van Gogh’s “The Potato Eaters”. I combined all the aspects of these paintings and designed my own. I used metallic thread to bring light and hopefully a quiet beauty to this quilt. If Van Gogh could see this quilt I hope he would at least be amused.
Pat Pineau, Southbury, CT USA Can you hear me now? full view web
Pat Pineau, Southbury, CT USA Can you hear me now? close up
By Patricia Pineau, Southbury, CT USA
Inspired by my mother-in-law, I purchased my first sewing machine in 1961.This drew me into making clothes, then into quilting and doll making. I’ve been very fortunate; taking classes, learning, and occasionally sharing creativity by teaching. I look forward to acquiring new skills, and moving on to new challenges.
This make 12 quilts total from USA praticipants. I hope you enjoy them. Heres a peak at one of the Turkish Quilts.
Tevhide - full view of Quilt
Close up view
Happy Holidays, Jen O’Brien