I took a class in 2001 at Asilomar with Lynn Kough called:
"Stretching Tradition: Take a step toward creating original quilt design grounded in traditional block patterns. Learn about splices, split outs, and sizings. Revitalize your quiltmaking! "
I wanted to try using a collection of fabrics from a LQS challenge (and their new store opening), so most of the fabrics were green. What was I thinking? Green, or rather a LOT of green is not my favorite colors to work with! LOL!
Anyway, this was the second class I had ever taken at Asilomar, and it is where I met my bestest Asilomar friend, Wendy. We were tablemates, and we each had a picture of our pooches on our little design walls. A nice conversation starter, but before long, we were both crying, and the other two tablemates were tearful too. My Otto dog of 17 years, had recently died, and when telling the story, we all just started crying our eyes out. And that's how Wendy and I became Asilomar friends! Well, that, and a less than successful class. Not that the teacher was so bad, but that rather our expectations were far different than what the class had in store.
I started with a favorite block of mine, Blackford's Beauty, and made it in several sizes, and split the colors out here and there. The overall size is 32" X 49", and it is big stitch quilted freely with no hoop in numerous colors of perle cotton (also called utility quilting by Tonya and Finn). A local quilting author adds another step to this type of quilting which she calls Quilt and Embellish in one step. I didn't know Linda then, just knew the big stitch quilting from a demo I had seen her do. When I took it back to Asilomar for show and tell, no one had ever heard of this type of quilting stitch with perle cotton.
The largest star is supposed to be the brilliant sunset, and the rest of the green and blue is the ocean.
There are crystal beads hanging here and there on the lower half to symbolize the shine of the ocean waves at sunset, but I don't think they show up, even if you click on the picture for a larger format. This was really difficult for me to do. It was really the first time that I ever started with a blank slate, and an idea. Maybe that's why we felt the class was less than what we wanted - I know I was very accustomed to working from a pattern and some type of process. Overall, it isn't a bad effort, but not exactly one of my favorite pieces of work.
It does make me smile, remembering how my friendship with Wendy began 6 years ago!! Watch out for the water, Wendy!!