A lot of AAQI quilters have commented that when they try to promote the sale of their own quilts, a potential buyer will say "My house is modern." And show no interest in AAQI quilts whether at a guild presentation, at a quilt show like the one in Houston, or just online when I ask them to consider buying a quilt and supporting this wonderful cause.
I assume that "my house is modern' .....and they don't mean the modern quilt movement..that it means that to them quilts are seen as 'old fashioned.'
So, with my AAQI quilting, I created what I think of as a "modern decorator" quilt. Perfect for someone who loves and buys art ....but not quilts! Featuring the bright green that so many love but with some blues, as well.
This was made with some vintage decorating fabrics that are simply pieced, echo quilted and a bit of raw edge applique'. The idea is a representation of the merging, the blending of one culture, one energy of polarized opposites, into the other...as seen by the circles of unification flowing over into the other..which side to which is ambiguous..that part doesn't matter.
Feel the blend, feel the unity and let your own polarized opposites accept one another!
I present, now up for sale at its own AAQI website page...East Meets West.
Remember ALL profits from the purchase of this quilt goes from AAQI towards grants for Alzheimer's Research funding..one of my newest small format art quilts:
13,161 - East Meets West
Salem, OR USA
Width: 12" Length: 9"
Materials/Techniques: Linen, sailcloth, and polished cottons with raw edge appliqué and free motion design stitching.
Artist Statement: I love the amazing variety of styles and types of quilts that are available to all of us, today. I wanted to work with a high impact, modern quilting approach, but with one that also incorporated the graceful elements of artistic design, as well.
Dedication: For anyone who loves the both the beauty and grace of the traditional eastern influences, as well as the striking modernity of the western impact of artistic expression.
This quilt has Fast Finish Triangles.
Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!