Working on Serenity

Yes, I am working on "serenity" in more ways than one! While one way is all about peace of mind, the other is about my new series, "Serenity." 

Introducing the "Serenity Series" 

Serenity 1

Serenity 1

I like the flowing lines of dense quilting around the layers. I changed thread color to lighter and darker tones as I worked through the piece. It gives a subtle variation to the texture. 

Detail showing quilting lines

Detail showing quilting lines

"Serenity 2" taking shape on my studio wall. I find the flowing horizontal lines soothing.

"Serenity 2" taking shape on my studio wall. I find the flowing horizontal lines soothing.

The series is named Serenity because the very first quilt I designed in this series was based on emotions, and I happened to be in a "serene" state of mind when I was making it. When it was finished, I loved this quilt so much I decided to base my next series on it and see where it would take me.

The slightly "jagged" edges of the black lines are intentional ... the way they would appear in rocks and soil strata in nature.

I wonder how this image will evolve as the series continues to develop?

"Serenity 1" and the beginnings of "Serenity 2."

"Serenity 1" and the beginnings of "Serenity 2."

You are welcome to come along with me as I create more "serenity" in the studio!

"Serenity" accepted in show

A description from the flyer reads: "Oasis: a place to feel replenished, relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored.... We all have our own personal oasis, whether physical, metaphorical or filed away in memory. Where do you go to find yours?"

I had been working on a quilt that fit the description exactly, and also fit into the size requirements of 18 x 40. It is one of my last pieces in a series called "Emotions," created during Lisa Call's Working in a Series class. http://lisacall.com/workshops/online-workshops/working-in-a-series/

I LOVE this quilt, and feel like it expresses the part of me that seeks serenity and inner peace. 

I also like the natural, organic look of the piece. It reminds me of the geology of a hillside in the desert, where thousands of years of wind and erosion have exposed the underlying strata. And the small bits of color are peeking out between the rocks and layers.

When others see it they say it reminds them of the art of Santa Fe and the southwest.

Oasis: a place to feel replenished, relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored ...

Serenity, 18 x 40, machine pieced and quilted

Serenity, 18 x 40, machine pieced and quilted

I found out this week that my quilt, "Serenity," was accepted into the SAQA show, "Oasis," which opens in October in Palm Springs and will travel to PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival).

Serenity, detail showing dense quilting

Serenity, detail showing dense quilting