It all began in 2004 when I found the book “Circle Play” by Raynola Pakusich. I was fairly new at art quilts and wanted to play with something a little more abstract than what I had been doing. I liked the geometry involved so I went to my stash of Asian fabrics and picked a palette of red, black, gray, gold and white. I sat down with my brand new shiny copy of EQ (Electric Quilt Software) and made a whole series of designs that pretty accurately reflected what was in the mix. I got the block made and abandon it temporarily (I thought) to work on something else. I suspect I was unsure how I was going to quilt it once I got it all put together.
I found it last year when I cleaned out a storage cabinet. I found several UFOs–quilts and dolls–and gave each one a designation: pitch, recycle, or finish. This is the last of the UFOs and it is finally finished. It’s 48″ on a side and took forever to quilt. Its too big for my photo setup so I had to photograph it against the side of the garage. That involved dousing myself with insect repellent and setting up the tripod up in the garden, but here it is.
And now, seven years later, it still needs a name. I’m going to enter it into our out local group’s show next month and still cannot think of a name for it. I would love some suggestions.
I saved the circles cut from the background fabric (behind the appliques) and I think I’m going to play around with them, in a more unstructured way. My sytle has changed a lot in the past 7 years but I still like to dabble with grids and circles once in a while.