Yesterday I was able to devote some time to working in the studio. I managed to start and finish this piece - which I will call "Irrigation Plan". It was inspired by a challenge generated by my small art quilt group. The challenge was to turn to a certain page in a book of your choice, and design a quilt in response to a specified line on the page. Page 110, line 9.
I selected a college textbook that belonged to my grandfather. He graduated from Montana State University in agriculture and was a county extension agent after graduation. Then, he went into agriculture himself. His knowledge of irrigation practices was so extensive that he was called to act as an international consultant. When I was born in 1956, he was stationed in Jordan, where he was overseeing the installation of an irrigation system for that nation.
I still have the telegram my dad sent to my grandparents announcing my birth.
This quilt is an adaptation of the illustration on page 110 showing a farm plan for integrating the contour check method and the rectangular check method of irrigation. The idea of this type of irrigation plan (I do understand a bit about irrigation, having done it myself) is to use the contours of the land to create even distribution of water across a field. Gravity is factored in.
The quilt measures 24" square.
This is the first time I have made a quilt entirely of hand stamped fabric. My quilting stitches are intended to represent the contours of the land. I think this design might be more striking done in solids, perhaps pieced more randomly in the background. And maybe with a greater contrast either in value or color between the ditch lines and the field. Nevertheless, it is finished and I am pleased. I may do another sometime to see if my ideas for improving the design are on track.