My blog isn't important enough to have guest posters, but today I have "guest quilt" to share with you. My mother, Vicki Conley, is a talented potter and "real" art quilter (as opposed to I, who am an art-quilter-wannabe-who-is-still-figuring-out-how-to-have-even-free-motion-stitches). She is super-awesome and always working on a million projects, but she doesn't blog so I've decided to feature some of her fabulous quilts occasionally so people can see them!
The lovely quilt one I have for you today is called "Shannon's Eye of the Storm". My mom started it in 2009 at an Empty Spools quilting seminar with Janet Fogg (who also makes super-incredible art quilts). She had several goals for the project, one of them was to incorporate traditional piecing, specifically the storm at sea block, into an art quilt. In my non-quilting life, I'm an eye-disease researcher (in our lab we study inherited forms of macular degneration), so my mom went with an eye for the subject matter in this quilt. We both liked the storm-at-sea -- eye of the storm -- eyeball connection.
|Shannon's Eye of the Storm. 70" x 70" (c) 2010 Vicki Conley. Hanging at the 2011 Dallas Quilt Festival|
Before becoming an artist, my mom was a scientist, and still retains a love for scientific/geometrical/biological things. This quilt wound up being the first in what I think of as her anatomical quilt series, which now has several other entries. I was recently lucky enough to move into a small office with a large-ish wall, so now the fabulous eyeball quilt (as I call it) has a permanent home amongst other eyeball lovers!
I hope you enjoy! Do any of you quilt with family and friends? My mom and I have so much fun quilting, designing and brainstorming together- it's really wonderful to have someone to bounce ideas off of.