Since we are doing a yearly theme of color, the next challenge also has to do with a particular hue. Rachel just announced our theme of “I’ve got the blues” for our November 2016 challenge. As you all know, our art quilts are smallish (no exact size anymore) which allows us to complete them quickly, and to follow our hearts in constructing them.
I immediately thought of some blue quilts when I read the new challenge. Enjoy the show.
But “got the blues” can also mean sadness, as in this quilt, depicting a mother saying good-bye to her newly deceased newborn child:
Most of these quilts are from past Road to California quilt shows; here’s what I wrote at that time:
Surrender was a quiet quilt, tucked in among some showier ones, but took my breath away for the depiction of a mother saying good-bye to her newly deceased newborn. Maria Elkins of Ohio, paid homage to all those moms who have had to say farewell at birth. She dedicated it to her grandchild, “who was given into the loving hands of her daughter and son-in-law.”
And finally, another inference, as shown by this quilt:
Kathryn Nolte, from La Habra Heights, California created this visual feast, titled Take in the Night Blooming Jazz, Man. Sinewy, fluid shapes echo the subject of her quilt, with a real live “piano key” border. This, too, could be a rendition of “I’ve got the blues.”
(All photos above from a Flickr search)
Can’t wait to let this one percolate into something fun!