Artist Comment/Statement: This
piece was a collaboration and a leap of faith. My friend, JoAnn
Amidon, and I agreed that we would each create a wall hanging
- by creating a "starter" center and give it to the other person for them to add the first and third border with their
own interpretation and design.
I created the center of this piece and gave
it to JoAnn to add the first border. JoAnn promptly completed the
first border and returned it back to me. It took me one year to make the second border because
of my back illness. This was the first piece of artwork I worked on during the recovery
of the first surgery on my back. Jo Ann created the third border,
and I completed the piece.
JoAnn and I initially found it difficult
and interesting to "give permission" to another person to work on our
own artwork. As a result of this challenge, I felt that our friendship
developed to a different level.
background was pieced and quilted in-the-ditch by machine. For
additional quilting design, I repeated the fern pattern from the green
Batik fabric, with free-motion quilting [see Detail View 2]. Glass
beads were hand embroidered in various parts of the center of this piece. There
is no traditional binding edge on this piece. I used the "pillowcase" method,
where you stitch around the edges, leave a small opening for turning,
and then turn the piece inside out and stitch the opening closed by hand.
Border by Jo Ann
2nd Border by Dottie
Border by Jo Ann
Border by Dottie
used were Japanese Yukata cottons, Batiks, and other commercial cottons. Rayon,
cotton and monofilament, nylon threads were used for the machine quilting
and machine embroidery. Additionally glass beads were added by
hand. Polyester batting was also used.
Recognition: Jo Ann and
I were very pleased that this wall hanging won "Honorable Mention" in
the Group Quilts Category at the Quilters Of South Carolina, "Our Future
Is Our Past" show, Aiken, South Carolina, March 28-May 2, 2001.