Sferra: I am a member of the local Weavers Guild of Cincinnati (all fiber artists, not just weavers) and each year we have a members’ challenge. This spring the Challenge was “50 Shades of Gray.” I created a five panel quilt in hand-dyed grays for that challenge. My auction piece is a smaller, slightly reconfigured version of one of the panels. As I worked on the challenge piece, I also had SAQA’s “Concrete and Grasslands” challenge in mind, since I was working in gray. I am not sure I will have time to get a piece finished for that challenge, but you never know.
The fabric is all hand-dyed cotton. I generally use mercerized cotton in my dying process, however, a few of the pieces are actually dyed men’s dress shirts (which take the dye beautifully). It is basic appliqué and quilting. I am horrible at free-motion quilting, so I use basic straight stitches and some decorative stitches in my quilting. I tend to gravitate to the abstract, especially as I quilt, since I cannot meet my perfectionist standards when attempting free-motion quilting or perfectly spaced and organized straight line quilting.
I do not spend enough time quilting to have a body of work. However, whenever SAQA announces a Call to Artists, I actually think of ideas and create a piece in my head. One day soon, I hope to make time to execute my ideas.