I was asked by Durham Community Foundation to participate in a Chair Affair as part of the Odyssey Ball. Artists were invited to pick up a piece of broken furniture and transform it into a piece of art. They will be part of a live auction at the ball on Feb 2 2012. I went out to Mackie Moving where they had gathered broken or damaged furniture and invited eleven artists and designers to come pick out something to transform. I picked out a worn out bedroom chair. When I got it home I discovered that it was in terrible shape and required more than the quilted slipcover I had imagined. It needed new springs, foam and padding. I imagined it as an accent piece in a bedroom or foyer. I have many Mourning Doves in my garden and they have such lovely silhouettes. Mine sit in an arbour, but their shape is lovely on a wire. The doves are appliquéd onto the cream fabric and batting is added behind them using a trapunto technique to make them puff out. You may be able to see the trapunto effect on the seat in the turquoise fabric. Then I layered more batting and another layer of fabric and quilted each of the eight pieces. Andrew of Uxbridge Custom Upholstery took my pieces and did a fabulous job of rebuilding it. When it was done and I showed it to my friend Sue Carmichael at Quilters Cupboard in Uxbridge, she said it was calling out for a pillow! What a lovely added touch. I’ll write a post about the new owner after the auction!
I do both traditional and “art” quilts. Some of my quilts are crafted using patterns but more and more I’ve designed my own quilts. Retired Not Retiring placed 1st among “pieced machine quilts”, while Friends placed 1st for “appliqued machine quilts” at the Port Perry Fair 2013. Retired was awarded Grand Champion while Friends was awarded Reserve Grand Champion. Both of these quilts were juried into the Americal Quilters Society National Juried Show in Paducah, Kentucky and the Canadian Quilters Association National Juried Show.