“Wonderland Revisited”, “Well I had fun”.

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Wonderland Revisited an art quilt , looking for Alice

Here’s the latest art quilt that I’ve been working on, like a busy little bee, these last few weeks, well maybe a month. In any case. It’s done, it’s done!

I made it with the intention of a companion piece that harmonized with my last quilt, “Down the Rabbit Hole“.  This ones entitled “Wonderland Revisited”.

And, yes, it’s bright, it’s colorful and it’s bold., too much? Well that depends….my teenaged granddaughters, and as we all know, teens are not noted for their fondness for dark dismal color choices, many actually seem to love the most outlandish styles [ a disclaimer this is a general observation , not referring to my girls] when I asked these two normal teenagers if it needed a little more colored thread work in a certain spot, were slow and careful in their response,”Well……grandma, it  IS pretty colorful already”. This said in a voice that told me everything, ” Be careful, we don’t want to hurt Grandma’s feelings. But clearly she has lost my mind”.  One of my  younger grandsons  was watching me in my workroom. I said ” So what do you think?” referring to the quilt.  He paused for a long time, thoughtfully looking at it, weighing his answer.  Then he finally said,” What is it?”. I said sometimes things don’t have to look like something, he clearly did not agree, but he wasn’t going to argue the point with someone who obviously didn’t have a clue.

These little encounters with younger ones told me that it might be a little bright for some folks. My reaction is similar to contestants on American Idol, who have just received a particularly  brutal review by the judges. When asked to comment  usually say, ” Well I had fun”. So if it is a little too bright for some folks, and I ‘m sure it might be, ” Well I had fun”. And I did!*

Some of the strange fauna Alice encountered. Made with hand painted silk and applique,
Thanks for the shared trip to Wonderland with us!

*With many thanks to the amazing quilt artist Ellen Anne Eddy. She has led the way for many of us color addicts to come out into the open and  feel free to be as colorful as we want.Her new book is called “Thread Magic Garden”. If I were a book reviewer I would surely give this one at least a 9. She has beautiful pictures, oh la la,.She has so many wonderful colorful illustrations included in it, it will inspire you to to try color and have fun with your quilt t. But 1st and foremost she has created a book with such understandable, clear instructions, illustrating each step of the way with very clear and helpful  photos. You will LOVE this book.

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal I've been a painter most of my life. When I was introduced to quilting, I fell in love, jumping in with both feet. I loved quilting, but began to miss the creative freedom painting offered. Then, I discovered mixed media art quilting, I was finally home. My Process & Approach For me, it's the process of creating that holds the strongest attraction. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, then I follow where it leads. My style is fairly loose and instinctual. I don't a great deal of pre-planning.The creative choices are made as I work on a piece, are based on my gut feelings at the time. This can lead to quite a few changes in direction. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise. Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.

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