Sunday, June 10, 2012

A little change of pace....

I like an excuse to stroll down a quilting path that I rarely explore.

Friends, Dan and Marcie, gave me the excuse to play in the world of nursery-land when they recently welcomed the arrival of their first born:  daughter Olive Avery (great name!).

I don't do many baby quilts and, typically, I enjoy designing the quilts that I make.   

But this project gave me a chance to window-shop through various patterns (I eventually chose Elizabeth Hartman's "Frames") and use some of the wonderful fabrics - including the large graphic prints and neutral colored backgrounds -  now popular within the Modern Quilt movement.  

An aside here:   I know, I know...people quibble about the Modern Quilt rage.  Some bristle at the name (contending that we're all "modern" quilters), others argue that this isn't anything new, still others question whether "Modern Quilters" are really "serious" quilters or whether "Modern Quilts" are "art."

My short answer:  Who cares?   Anything that gets people interested in quilting, in being creative, in having fun with fabric - that's all good.  And I'd like a nickel for all the slings and arrows that have been thrown over the millennia in the name of defining "art."  (BTW:  for a wonderful thought-provoking look at definitions of art, values, and friendship try to find a revival of the 1998 Tony Award-winning stage play "Art.")

Back to the Baby Quilt:  .
The quilt is now finished and mailed.  Yay!

Avery's Menagerie (Front)
Elephant close-up

Avery's Menagerie (Back)

With wishes that Olive Avery enjoys a long, healthy, happy, peaceful, and fulfilling life....