This quilt, Tree of Life, by Wendy Garrison, won second place in the Medium Art quilt category at Fiber Arts Fiesta that took place last month in Albuquerque.
I loved the combination of classic quilting designs with the art quilt elements of paint, beading and a layered organza technique to create the trapunto.
I didn't love that the organizers decision to hang this round quilt (with it's black sleeve at the top to allow it to be hung at the show) in front of a pale gray drape. Both black and gray drapes were used at the show ... so why not hang this quilt on a black background section? I know the pale gray drapes are a new trend at shows, but because they show every wrinkle and dirty smudge, I don't understand why.
In this detail photo, you can see some of the paint, beading and organza layer used to create the trapunto tree.
I have long admired quilts which have paint/dye added after the quilting. I really loved the effect in the leaves of the tree.
Now that I am a bit more confident in my free motion quilting ... I might have to push myself to feel at the fear and try this technique anyway.