Beverly Hart, February 2010- 15 3/4" by 27 1/2"
Commercial cottons, pieced and fused applique, metallic paint, painted chopsticks, machine quilting
Like several others, I was first drawn by the lines, shapes and colors in Rian's photograph. I played with those for a bit. The thought of a lone diner was too much for me- think of the Three Dog Night song "One" running through my mind. Rian may have had one dinner in the photo, but I know she wasn't dining alone. So I flipped the pattern I'd developed, and this is what I came up with.
I also toyed with the idea of making the vegetables and noodles on the plates, but quickly gave up that idea. The Chinese letters are about gratitude and thankfulness for the food that nourishes us- or at least that is what the site I found said!! The colors in the print are the same as the colors in the food. Making those letters was a real challenge. I cut them out of the print, fused them to black fabric, and cut those out so I had a small outline of the letters. My fabric kept giving me fits, it was about the most ravely fabric I've used in a long time.
There have been times in this process when I've looked at the piece and wondered "Where did this come from?" Certainly the colors and simple shapes are reminiscent of other work I've done, but it's been a long time since I've made a quilt with all commercial fabric. It also feels much more formal than past work. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I'm especially happy I figured out how to use real chopsticks in it! And I'm pleased with how the quilting designs add to the formal feel of the quilt.
I'll post this on my personal blog tomorrow, critiques are welcome. And can I just say I hope I never run this close to the deadline again? I put the paint on the corners and stuck it on my design wall two hours before my reveal time. Too close for comfort!!