Quilting Arts magazine recently had a reader's challenge to submit a 10 x 10 quilt based on the theme "Passages". Since my submission was not selected - they chose 12 out of 125 - I guess I can share it here. Those odds are pretty low, so I don't feel too bad about not being chosen; I'm happy with how it turned out, regardless. My quilt is a reflective piece about my daughter moving away from home to become an independent adult. When she was growing up, she used to say, "Guess what?" and I'd say, "What?" Her reply would be "I can fly!" I have no idea where that came from. But thinking about this passage brought the memory back. The text is done with thermofax screens of notes she wrote while away at college. The bird and wings imagery complete the idea of nurturing a child until they are ready to fly on their own. I look forward to seeing the challenge finalists' quilts in the October/November issue of Quilting Arts..
This piece is made on rusted cotton fabric with gelatin plate printing in the background, thermofax screen printing, Transfer Artist Paper (original photograph of robin and babies), and is machine quilted.