Last January, members of my small art quit group (WAV) issued a challenge.
The challenge was to take a book, any book - open it to page 110, count down to line 9, and use that for inspiration for a quilt.
The book I selected is a college textbook published in 1915.
Here is what I found on page 110. I was thrilled when I found these images on the page. Line 9 says, "Rectangular checks require more earthwork than contour checks, but"
I plan to use the graphic on page 110 as my additional inspiration. In preparation, I have painted and hand stamped a group of fabrics. I used green backgrounds (all hand dyed or painted with Setacolor) and created my own rubber stamps to represent the agricultural lines created in the soil by plowing, planting, and growing. I used a variety of colors on my stamps to represent various plant types - some of them in bloom stage.
What a joy it has been to be able to spend time in the studio today - the first time in six weeks! I am mostly catching up on paperwork and tidying up, but I have done a few creative things.
I need to get my studio ready for a visitor who is coming on Saturday. She is a historian from Montana State University. She is writing an essay on Montana women and quilts for a book that will be published by the Montana Historical Society Press on the historic quilt inventory of Montana. She is also doing a series of oral history interviews. Should be an interesting visit!