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Carolyn T. Abbott
Brainerd, Minnesota, USA

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the upper mid-west. The clear crisp days have deep blue skies that contrast with the gorgeous autumn leaves. I have chosen the leaves of a sumac to represent the hues of a Minnesota autumn day. The raw-edge appliqué leaf sections were ”fussy-cut” from fabric painted with Seta Color transparent textile paints and accented with Tsukineko inks.


“Why is the Sky Blue?
To Show Off Autumn’s Hues”

32"w x 42"h
detail

The sky is blue because: I See Blue
24" x 24"
detail

Sandysue Anderson
Amery, Wisconsin, USA

I decided to put some molecules in the quilt because that is why we see the sky as blue. We also sometimes feel blue. That is were the hand comes in. The sun in the sky also gives us flowers, and they love the blue sky...

Rhonda Blasingame
Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Black cotton, commercial musical print and blue suede. Machine appliqued and quilted.

A great deal of my work involves musical references, and being a native of MS sort of engenders a natural love of Delta Blues and Elvis. I am "of an age" to have been affected by news of The King's death, and my first thought when I heard the title of the challenge was 'of course the sky is blue, that's where Elvis lives now.' The design itself was full-blown in my head within minutes of reading about the challenge and all I had to do was get it down on fabric.

 


Sky Magic
29.5" X 26.5"
detail

Sherry Boram
Pendleton, Indiana, USA

The blue sky is perfect for viewing the magic that is all around us. Just look for it; it is always there.

Kona cotton handpainted by the artist; commercial hand dyed blue fabric, and photo transfers. Embellished with couched pearl cotton, beads and sequins. Machine quilted with multicolored threads.

Susan Bunch Brittingham
Floyd County, Virginia, USA

This challenge enabled me to combine a number of my primary interests in art: color, nature, architecture and perspec-tive. When asked "Why is the sky blue?", my thoughts went to color and contrast. In fall, the reds, oranges and golds of autumn leaves sparkle against the backdrop of a bright blue sky, the colors of each intensifying the other. Architecture pro- vides counterpoint to the natural world adding an element of order to the wild riot of color and form. The column leads our eyes and thoughts into the vastness of the sky while the portico shelters us.

This piece is constructed of commercial and hand-dyed cotton fabrics with nylon tulle overlays to enhance the shadows. Techniques include raw edge and satin stitch applique and machine piecing. The surface is intensely quilted by machine with cotton and rayon threads. The quilt was inspired by a photograph, taken by the artist on a perfect fall day in Williamsburg, Virginia.
 






Autumn Sky: Williamsburg
32"h x 42"w
detail



Beacon of Light
21" x 25"
Barbara Campbell
Pine Brook, New Jersey, USA

I was taken by a friend’s artistic rendition of a stormy sea and a lighthouse shining through the dark blue sky. He gave me permission to reproduce a likeness of his image in fabric and thus, A Beacon of Light was born. I enjoy making machine appliquéd landscape quilts and love the challenge of searching for just the right fabric to simulate reality.

I believe this image struck me because of the symbolism in having a light shine through the darkness in my life as in many others. As I was making this quilt, another friend was undergoing treatment for cancer and looking for the light at the end of a very dark and tumultuous path. Blue skies indicate hope and positive outlooks to me.

Frances Caple
Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scorland, UK

Techniques and Materials: Beaded, Hand and Machine Quilted on Silk, Embroidered Tulle and Harris Tweed.

Statement: It has always intrigued me how well complementary colours are used in nature and so the natural choice for me was the complement between the Blue Sky and Orange Sun, simple.


To Complement an Orange Sun
21" x 25" (53cm x 63cm)


"Storm"
"Why is the Sky Blue? Look; sometimes it isn't blue,sometimes it hasa lot of colors, sometimes it has a mood."
22" w x 22"h

Rosemary Claus-Gray
Doniphan, Missouri, USA

"Storm" was inspired by an incoming storm viewed from a beach in Alaska. It was difficult to see where the sky ended and the ocean began. It was hard to determine whether I was walking on the beach, or in the ocean. The sky, sea and beach merged into one powerful force. As I looked, I could see bits of color here and there, sparkling with shafts of light and the wetness from the sea and sky. The shapes were fluid, ever changing, twisting in the storm. The sky was gray, blue, magenta, green and a scary yellow green. Mother nature has many moods.

This piece is created from one piece of hand marbled fabric, with quilting and stitching used to illustrate the power of nature. This is not the placid blue sky one hopes for, but the turmoil created by stormy weather, with the colors of the sky mixed and swirling around.

Stacey M Conover
Sedalia, Missouri, USA

I have tried several times to clean and organize my hand dyed fabrics. Every time, the blues and oranges refused to be separated. This challenge came around at the same time I decided to give in, and use them together in a quilt. I feel that orange gives a spark of light when ever it is used, but the spark is brighter when combined with blue. The curves give a natural, organic feel to the quilt. I enjoy working with them. The spot in the upper right corner, and the loose fibers along the edge are Angelina Fibers. They were added to provide some more softness and
texture to the piece. To continue the curve theme, I found some little rocks that had been drilled, and beaded them onto the quilt.

This is my first challenge, it was an enjoyable experience. I learned a lot, and had lots of fun playing with my ideas until this quilt resulted. The combination of blue and orange has continued in other projects.

Why is the Sky Blue? Because Orange
Would Be Lonely Without It

25.5w x 26h
detail


Only To The Naked Eye
22-1/2" x 26"
detail

Sally Dunn
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


This challenge grabbed my interest with both hands! I am a scientist in my other life, so the answer jumped at me-- "Why is the sky blue? - "Only to the naked eye"! But why? The answer is given by two scientist - Lord Rayleigh and Mie.These men both produced theories to explain. Rayleigh's equation - the one on the quilt - used his theory of light scattering to explain why the sky is blue and not any other colour of the rainbow. Mie scattering explains why the sky is lighter around the
sun and increases in intensity the further away from the sun you get.

(The equation is huge - I'd still be sewing if I'd put that one on the quilt and there wouldn't have been room for the birds!). The Term "Only to the naked Eye" is used frequently but I don't think people really think about what they are saying! How scarey, ugly, fascinating and beautiful is a naked eye?!


I guess what I've really tried to do is take the cold hard facts of science and turn them into art but really science is art in its' purest form. Mother Nature is the ultimate artist!

Melissa Craven Fowler
mcf3@cornell.edu
Ithaca, New York, USA

 



"Storm Warnings"
14"w x 20"h
detail

"The Sky is Blue Because the Tempest Has Passed"
25"w X 18"h
detail

Lauren Fureymoore
painted_poppy@cox.net
Newport News, Virginia, USA

My inspiration began with a vintage rhinestone brooch for sale on Ebay. I knew that it had to be a moon. A moon shining in a dark blue sky. Living on the coast of Virginia gives me many opportunities to see storms passing over the rivers and Chesapeake Bay. The clouds always are full of color and resemble an artist's paint palette. Often the clouds look too heavy to even be in the sky.

Techniques include machine piecing, fusing, and embellishing with vintage jewelry, beads, ribbons, tulle netting and hematite stars. Fabrics include commercial fabrics, hand marbled fabrics, and wool. I
thoroughly enjoyed my first challenge and look forward to the next one!

Lois J. Garbisch
Cook, Minnesota, USA

Method: Fusible mosaic applique of photo transfer clouds, pieced circle of the “woods.” Heavily quilted.

I entered the Why is the Sky Blue challenge because I am passionate about
the color blue. Later I thought about the emotional meaning of "blue" i.e. a somber, sad emotion, instead of my usual happy reaction to the color. I also started taking pictures of the sky in my yard. Then this past summer, a car accident took the lives of my friend, her daughter, and two of the
daughter's friends. A year ago, another young person died in a car accident. These college age people are the same age as my children, and I've known them all their lives. My quilt then evolved in my mind and became a memorial quilt in memory and honor of these friends. So my answer to the question, "Why is the Sky Blue?" ...is "So we can see what's in the clouds." In memory of friends who left us too soon,
who are now "in the clouds." Pat, Nancy, Lindi, Paige, and Dan.

I wanted to capture the idea of our friends being"up there" and "watching over us" and that we can look up in longing and remembrance. The center sky is actually the sky as seen in my yard, with a fringe of trees surrounding it. The brown and green strips represent the endless forest that surrounds us all here in Northern Minnesota. The outer area is dark blue, for the lakes, and for eternity. Lie on the ground; look at the sky. What do you
see in the clouds?

“Why is the Sky Blue…
So we can see what’s in the clouds.”


Sub title: In memory of friends who left us too
soon, who are now “in the clouds.”
Pat, Nancy, Lindi; Paige, and Dan.


34" x 34"
detail



Because Red, Yellow & Green Were Taken
30" x 15" - © 2005 - $395.00

detail

Myrna Giesbrecht
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Life inspires the language of my work, the exploration of human experience and nature. I am particularly drawn to quotes and concepts as inspiration. Bold colors, clean lines, uncomplicated shapes and textured surfaces identify my pieces. As a medium, fibre provides a variety of ex-istences which can be unendingly manipulated to interpret concept.

Because Red, Yellow & Green Were Taken is composed of fabric fragments randomly pinned in place and heavily textured with thread. It is based on the exhibit theme of why is the sky blue and incorporates my current goal of working with what I already have in the studio. The sky is an evolving and colorful entity. It's most commonly admired form is an even, cloudless blue. For an artist, this is perhaps the most boring state of sky. There is no challenge in recreating it.

Lutgard Gerber-Billiau
Grimbergen, Belgium

Why is the sky blue ??? Is it ?? Maybe in heaven there are other colours. I made two parts, a cold and a warm part, and guardian angels all over the place. A family needs a lot of them, and up to now my family has been lucky, hope it stays like that.

I started this quilt the day that I heard that a good quilting friend lost her battle against cancer. For me she is one of the guardian angels...

I dyed the fabric myself, then discharge it with discharge paste using a silkscreen. Stamped on it with a flower stamp from India (bought in the UK), added flowers cut out of 'sheer' material. Added eyes made with photo-transfer and beads


"My Guardian Angels
"
24"w x 24"h
detail

Skies Above
60"w X 36.5"h

Machine pieced, appliqued and quilted.

Mary Beth Frezon Goodman
Brainard, New York, USA

I'm always watching the sky. It is our constant companion. It is ever-changing and many-colored once you get to know it. Go look for yourself and then keep looking.

Virginia Ryan Hanley
Ukiah, California,USA

The sky can be so many lovely shades of blue, from baby pale to midnight deep; I had to include them all, and then spark them with a touch of golden orange.
The cloud just floated in, and had to be capturedwith beads. One thing led to another.

"No Other Color Would Do"
24"w x 18"h

"The Legend of Moon Beaver and Why the Sky is Blue"
17"w x 24.25"h

Kim Marguerite LaPolla
Greenville, New York, USA

I tried looking up the scientific explan- tions and the various folk myths, but nothing inspired me. So I decided to let whimsy be my guide and to make up my own legend. The story goes something like this:

Long ago when the sky was sparkling white, the mountains were mere mole hills, and the oceans a tempting shade of blue, Moon Beaver, being the mischievous sort that he was, decided that he could no longer resist the temptation of those cool blue waters down below him (and the sun was awfully hot that day). He threw caution to the wind and plummeted down into the oceans in one big cannonball dive. Being as large as he was, the force as he hit the waters sent up a splash like you've never seen. The blue waves and droplets flew up into the sky and the blue color of the water spread across the sky like ripples in a pond. And that is why the sky is now blue.

Corky Ledbetter
North Charleston, South Carolina, USA

The first thought to cross my mind when the "Why is the Sky Blue" challenge was announced was the beautiful cobalt blue bottles of Skyy Vodka. I immediately wrote for and was granted permission to
use images of the
bottles in my quilt.

Why is the SKYY blue?
47" x 53"

Velvet, lame' satin, chiffon, rayon,
cotton, silk duponi

“Lyrical Sky:
Because Mango and Periwinkle Feed My Soul”

detail

Susan Lemmo
Clearfield, Pennsylvania, USA

My work tends to change as a particular piece evolves. I begin with an idea, but then respond to the work as it progresses. “Lyrical Sky” was different. As soon as the challenge idea was posted, I knew what I wanted to do. From my earliest Crayola boxes, I learned to love periwinkle blue and shades of orange together. With my background as a painter, my next obstacle was finding fabrics in ranges of both colors which led to the mango colored satin. It was a challenge not to add more to this piece just because I could. I realized that it was the colors of the sky at dusk that inspired me and that was enough.
The summer skies showed off wonderful sunsets this year and I spent more time than usual getting lost in their glory. When a stunning sunset decides to appear, you have to stop and watch right then and there. It won’t wait for anything, you just have to be present in that moment or you will miss it. This piece is my response to that fleeting instant when everything else is suspended. That moment feeds my soul.

Kathy Lichtendahl
Clark, Wyoming, USA

As with many of my quilts, the name for "Even Butterflies like Complements" came before the design. When the challenge was first announced my immediate thought was of omplementary colors, hence the final image of an orange butterfly against a blue sky.

This quilt represents a first for me in that almost all the fabrics used are my own hand-dyes; many dyed specifically for this piece. The butterfly wings took hours to form out of thread and his body, like most of the flowers, is heavily embellished with beads. The flower petals and leaves are sewn from a variety of fabrics including cotton, silk and rayon. Most of the leaves are formed around "Timtex" which allows them to stand out from the quilt without drooping.

"Even Butterflies like Complements"
Approximately 30" diameter

"The Sky is Blue to Reflect
the Colors of theSunset"

44" w x 22" h
detail

Isabella Lode
Charlotte, NC USA and Taipei Taiwan

Why is the Sky Blue?
"To Reflect the Colors of the Sunset"

I have recently moved to North Carolina from California. While watching the sunset over the pacific was always very nice, it is nothing compared to the sunsets (and sunrises) I've seen in North Carolina. Carolina has the most wonderful skies! I think it might have something to do with
having real weather in Carolina too. In making this piece I was trying to capture some of the many colors I see reflected
in the sky.

I have been exploring the use of sheer fabrics in my work and explored this medium futher in this piece. Using sheers allows for more subtle expressions of color and transparency in my quilts.

Julaine Lofquist-Birch
Rockford, Illinois, USA

This quilt has had many titles - none of them seemed to fit! I pulled every bit of blue fabric from my stash and thought I could use all of it - what a mistake! Working with leaf images has always come to my rescue in the past, so I started with a blouse that I had frottaged with a stamp and Shiva Paintsticks.

After appliqueing the leaf sections, I did my quilting with a topstitch in a contrasting color, and then started playing with beads. It was during this play time that the title came to me. It appeared as if the leaves were dancing, and having a party - I guess that's why the sky is blue - it didn't get invited!



"Because It Wasn't Invited to
the Blue Leaf and Bubble Party"

24"x24"
detail


cosmic clutter too
26" w by 32" h
detail

michele merges martens
Watervliet, New York, USA

Some days I don't have any time to see the sky... and I can never remember the beautiful cloud patterns or brilliant sunsets because I am thinking of what I have on my to-do list. cosmic clutter too is my reminder to stop and see, to look up once in a while from life and let my mind wander to the blue sky... I imagine a clutter of things floating around above, blue and aqua and cerulean and robin's egg and navy and cobalt and turquoise cosmic clutter that blends and shifts to make the sky blue...

Mary E. McBride
DeLand, Florida, USA

Being in Florida and as a member of Audubon, I've seen a lot of snowbirds flock to Florida. Most have two legs but the plumage of the human snowbirds certainly is more colorful than that of the feathered ones. In November, the skies are rich blue and the colors reflect beautifully against it.

This was created from hand-dyed cotton cloth with fused figures made from old clothing and ink drawings on white cotton. Swim goggles sewn on

Snowbirds in a November Sky
48" x 48"


"A Sky for All Seasons"
30" X 30"
detail

Alice McGunigle
Shippenville, Pennsylvania, USA

Why is the sky blue? Because it is the perfect background for the colors of all four seasons.

Katherine McNeese
Williamston, North Carolina, USA

"The Sky is Blue..." is my first art quilt, aside from two quiltlets. I have been a traditional quilter for many years and was ready to move to art quilts when this challenge started. Taking an idea out of my head and putting it onto fabric was a terrifying step.

Mother Earth was influenced by Native American legends, but is found around the world. She is strong; she demands your attention; she is bigger than life. She reflects the earth and no specific ethnicity. I painted the sky; the heron is photo transfer; Mother Earth is raw edge pieced from batiks and handdyes.

"The Sky is Blue Because it reflects
Mother Earth's Eyes"

42x45"
detail


"Why the Sky is Blue in Las Vegas"
27” x 22” x 4"
detail

photo transfer and construction
Photo by Carol Bruce
Some Fabrication by Robert Pugh

Ann Louise Mullard-Pugh
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Why the Sky is Blue in Las Vegas?

It is a little known fact that the spectacular sunsets we have here in Las Vegas are staged for the benefit of the tourists. The various magicians/illusionists that work here take turns conjuring up the beautiful show almost every night. Of course, they then go off to work at their showrooms and leave the stagehands to paint the sky blue before morning.

There are rumors that the amateur magicians do something similar in the mornings sometimes, but they clean up their own illusions. Since I am never up at that hour, I cannot verify that as being factual.

 

Scott A. Murkin
Asheboro, North Carolina, USA

Why is the sky blue? To make orange look even better! Orange has become a pivotal color in my work, sometimes subtle, sometimes not at all. This piece speaks to those carefree days of childhood when we felt free to ask these open-ended questions without caring too much what the actual answer was going to be and certainly without interest in the 'scientific' answer. The free-form curves are cut without templates and the quilting is done without prior marking


Strata XV: Why is the Sky Blue?
49" x 38"
detail


"Life, the Universe, and Everything"
35"w x 35"h
detail

Gerry O'Neill
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

The sky is One with life, the world, the universe.

Life becomes world, world becomes sky, sky becomes universe. There is no green, no brown, no purple, no pink. There is no blue. There is only Unity. Everything else is an artifact of perception

 

Cathy Ortelle
Cotati, Sonoma Co., California, USA

"Skye", the blue-eyed kitty cat, was amed afterthe beautiful blue skies of Sonoma County. The catbelongs to the daughter of a friend of mine and shenamed it right before this challenge was announced. So, when I was searching for subject matter for thisc hallenge, the cat popped into my mind. The piece is fused using hand-dyed silks for the sky, meadow and flowers. A mohair fabric is used to emulate thecat's striped coat. Machine quilted.


"Because Skye's Eyes Are Blue"
15"X18"
detail


Too Busy to ask the Question
36" x 27"

Barb Pozek
Kimberling City, MO, USA

As a child, I spent a lot of my time exploring, playing and pondering in my free time. I find all children in the US having less time to do any of these things between the over scheduling in their free time and the entertainment opportunities available to them. There's no time where they are quiet and still enough in their lives to have the chance to ponder even the most basic questions in Life, such as "Why is the sky Blue?" I struggle, as a parent, to keep some family time at home and we often walk to the lake and explore. This quilt was based on a photo of my daughter there.

BJ Reed
St. Thomas, Pennsylvania, USA

"...God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day and the smaller one to rule the night, and he made the stars. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to shed light upon the
earth, to rule the day and the night and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. And there was evening and morning, THE FOURTH DAY." The Book of Genesis

The quilt background is made from my hand dyed, discharged and hand painted
cottons. The blooming embroidered nine patches represent the fourth day, night into light. Foiled polyester crosses were hand quilted to the top.

Embellishments include beading, Shiva paint stick markings, and piping. Most of the quilt is free motion quilted.

Why Is The Sky Blue: The Fourth Day
43" by 43"
detail


The Eye of the Storm

44" X 48"
18 different colours and 67curved pieces
fused and
quilted joined to create.

Klara Schafler-Landesberg
Haifa, Israel

In the last few months we all realized the sky is NOT always blue ,clear and calming,

During the last hurricanes the sky was dark
,terrifying and threatening

Meena Schaldenbrand
Plymouth, MI , USA



Earthrise Breathtaking beyond explanation!
24" x 28"
detail


"The Sky Is Blue
26-1/2"w x 25-1/2"h

 

Diana Simpson
Eagle River, Alaska, ,USA

When I first heard of the challenge "Why is the Sky Blue", it automatically told me that it is because yellow and blue make green. I hand painted the sunrays.

Judith Kessler Smith
Euclid, Ohio, USA

Most of my work celebrates ideas, events or seasons. Interconnectedness and harmony amid diversity fascinates me, and Fibonacci numbers and the Golden proportion are manifestations of that dichotomy, both in the natural world and the art world. Since 9/11, the fragility of life and my own aging have informed my work. Hope always is present.

Quiltmaking allows me to get lost in constant decision-making processes while putting together fabric forms, patterns, and color into something unique and meaningful. I am happy alone in my studio. An on-and-off exhibitor, I prefer to spend my out-of-the-studio time teaching and promoting quiltmaking through the fledgling Ohio Quilts!!, the Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the NorthEastern Ohio Regional Quilt Council. In my other lives, I am artist; wife, mother, grandmother, and daughter; Presbyterian elder, alto, and volunteer. My cup runneth over!

To Celebrate Morning Glories
detail


32" x 32"

 

Barbara A. Stewart
Coconut Grove, Florida, USA

Why is the Sky Blue? I didn't know why for sure but hearing this generated a flow of ideas in my head. I thought of several
different ways I could say this.

However, when I looked up the definition of why the sky was blue I ended up with what I am calling my serious sort of scientific quilt. I felt I had to write out an abbreviated version of the actual answer. This even though I don't usually use text on quilts. This quilt is 3 layers with a cotton batting. Raw edge sun and FMQ plus hand quilting.


Julie Zaccone Stiller
Boulder Creek, California, USA

I had to research why the sky was blue once again. I knew the really simple version that you tell your kids, but I wanted to know more. So after research- ing several science websites, I finally found out all I wanted to know. All those technical words found their way into the quilting of this piece. I also added some statements expressing my gratitude that there is a sky (atmosphere) that
allows us to live here on Earth.

 

 


Blame it on the Rainbow
detail


"Why is the Sky Blue?
How could it be anything else?"

approx. 36"w x 24"h
detail

Heather G. Stoltz
Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA

How could the sky be anything but blue and mournful with all of the sadness it witnesses on earth? Thus, the sky weeps tear shaped beads when it looks upon the headlines of recent days. The edges of the quilt are left frayed and unbound because a neat border and binding do not fit this unfinished world. This quilt is made from hand painted, computer printed, and commercial fabrics.

cathryn stone
Devonport, Tas, Australia

Making my quilt for this challenge was a very emotional experience for me. The text was written during a time of significant personal difficulties, and also in the world outside. The war in Iraq, race riots in Paris and Sydney and, in my own life, diagnosis of a progressively debilitating disease.

I wanted the quilting to be lots of positive words like compassion, inspire, create, friendship, tolerance etc. I agonised for quite a while about how to do them. My idea was for the words (actions) to not take centre stage, but to be in the background of everything we do. Then carrying on from that, for there to be a ripple effect flowing out from those actions. So I decided to use echo quilting to achieve that effect. Working on the quilt was not easy on an emotional level, but I am glad I was able to get my feeling out of my head and into the fabric.


"Why is the sky blue?"
28"w x 31.5"h

detail

"Tautology"
(The Sky Reflects the Sea Reflecting the Sky)
24"w x 34"h
detail

Kathleen Irons Sweeney
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, USA

While pondering the question "Why is the sky blue?", I asked my daughter, a movie buff, what came to her mind. She immediately answered "its a tautology" referring to this very question as it was discussed in the film '28 Days'. The word itself and the image it evoked were so vivid, I knew immediately this was the inspiration for my quilt.

By definition, a tautology is a repetition of the same idea in different ways. In this instance, the sky is blue because it reflects the color of the sea which is reflecting the sky above.... I chose fabrics to blend from deepest earth through water to the outermost sky. Separate elements lending and reflecting back into each other, effectively joining land, life and cosmos in one representation.

 

Carol Thompson
Pana, IL, USA

This is my first challenge and I had a difficult time getting started. I realized I needed a title to work with and finally settled on "Because Blue Goes with Everything". After moving fabric squares around for weeks I decided that I just needed to do it and it would be OK because the more I moved the squares
around the less I liked what I saw.

Now that it's done and I have been able to get away from it for a while I'm really pleased with what I did.

 

 


" Because Blue Goes With Everything"
27-1/4" x 27-1/4"
detail (back of quilt)

"Sunday Morning with Rubbernecker"
36"w x 46"h
detail

 

 

Jim Vander Noot
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, USA


My initial reaction to the challenge was to question the basic assumption. Is the sky blue? I think we'd be hard-pressed to find a painter who could render a realistic sky using no other color but blue. So, is the sky blue? Or is that all in the eye of the beholder? As usual, one thought leads to
another, and so on, and so on.

I had a vision in my head of a hazy sun with hazy rings, much like the rings that form around the moon. The other aspects of the design were inspired by the initial fabric choices. The blue rubbernecker had already auditioned for several quilts; this time his screen test was perfect! For the background, I tried out some new curved piecing techniques and was very pleased with the result. The glow of the sun was produced with the interplay of Angelina fibers and various metallic threads.

 

Steph Winn
slwinn@earthlink.net
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

I like to look up, knowing that there is an
eternity. Trying to see into eternity. Seeing that the sky goes forever. Farther than the mind can imagine. Knowing that something is there, beyond our understanding. What
is there? Why do we long to know?
A question ends with more questions.....

 

 

"Blue Eternity"
Why is the Sky Blue? Who cares!
It's a great color and you can see forever!


24" X 24"
detail

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