Monday, May 20, 2013

Minimalism

It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival again.  I think it's so fun to visit new and familiar blogs, meet new people and see great quilts!  Thank you, Amy, for hosting this once again.  Grab your favorite beverage and settle in for some super "quilt time" as you visit all the entrants.  And don't forget to vote for your favorite quilt!

I would love to read your comments (I LOVE comments!), but owing to wanting to visit as many entrants as possible, I won't be answering comments this time.  But I will gladly visit your blog and leave a comment for you!  I hope you understand.

I'm going to share a quilt that has been done for a couple of years, so I apologize to my regular readers for any boring repetitiveness.  Please bear with me.  I've entered this quilt in the Two Color Quilt category.  You can see my other entry in the Quilt Festival by going here.

Touch of Black: A Study in Minimalism
30 inches by 38 inches
This wallhanging is an original design, inspired by the works of Yoshiko Jenzenji.  I had seen photos of quilts by Yoshiko on various sites on the internet and was quite intrigued by what she was doing.  (This link takes you to her site, which is in Japanese.  However, there are quite a few images of her work, which don't need translation.)  I decided to challenge myself to see if I could get the same effect.

detail 1

I didn't know at the time that I first saw her work that Yoshiko had come out with her own line of fabrics.   I decided to just use some of my graphic black & white fabrics that I had been stockpiling.  (AKA "The Stash")  So, lots of white fabric with a few fussy-cut black & white pieces.

detail 2

This quilt was also going to be my challenge quilt for my guild that year, and we were suppose to do log cabins, which were perfect for this  self-challenge.  You can read more about my process here.  My log cabins aren't perfect and I didn't win anything in the challenge competition, but this is still one of my favorite quilts.  I still love the not-so-straight-line quilting that I did on this quilt.  It doesn't distract your eye from the black graphic elements.  This quilt just makes me happy when I look at it, which is a success in my book!

detail 3

As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of making another one!  Maybe the next one will be in black with white accents.  Hmmmm.....  I still have lots of black & white strips cut.

I would be honored if you would vote for my quilt for your favorite in the Two Color Quilt category.  Thank you!

15 comments:

  1. I'm a huge fan of both improv and minimalism... I have been wanting to know more about Yoshiko - and this quilt instantly reminded me of her work even before I read her name. It's gorgeous.

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  2. I love your "minimalism" quilt especially!

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  3. Wow! I've not seen this one. Great work! Your stitching is perfect with the design.

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  4. Wow, thanks for sharing this quilt, Id never seen it before. Its a wonderful interpretation of Yoshikos Jenzenji's work. I love everything about it.

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  5. Such meticulous work and great design. Thanks for the link to Yoshiko Jenzenji, I had not heard of her before.

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  6. Very calm and zen! I really like this low volume quilt, the quilting is perfect! Hooray you for trying something new!

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  7. Hi! Love the bits of color! I love her work too!

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  8. Really pretty - I also love her work and this log cabin style is a perfect way to do it. The only issue would be keeping it clean in my house! ;)

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  9. You did not bore me - not a second !! I must have missed this one before, and so I'm glad you posted it. It's lovely ! Thanks for sharing it.

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  10. OMG. This quilt is gorgeous. I love how understated it is.

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  11. I love the minimalist effect you have created, very beautiful and calm.

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  12. i adore your minimalist quilt. it draws you in to look closer and closer. great job!

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  13. I love it! It reminds me of one of Gwen's quilt. The red and white one in Liberated Quiltmaking.

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  14. This is so fun. Love all the negative space and that the logs are camouflaged.

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