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Quilting with Blue Jeans? from
When you think quilting supplies
Everyone has a drawer or box of old blue
jeans. Did you know you can make a denim quilt? The
idea of frugal quilting with recycled levis is an excellent
way to use up these sturdy, leftover garments. Denim
quilts are hard-wearing, popular gifts for the younger
members of your family, great for use as picnic quilts,
camping or perhaps a bed for a special pet. Make a wallhanging
jeans quilt with pockets in some of the blocks for a
teenager's room or for a college dorm - the pockets
can store small personal treasures!
This article will cover some sewing and
quilting techniques for denim, ideas for quilt designs,
quilt top layout samples and patterns for various easy
quilts, and many links to sites on the Web to see and
learn more about blue jeans quilts.
There is also a Gallery
of Jeans Quilts here with photos and information
sent in by quilters from the Quilting Forum. They share
how-to information to help you plan and sew your own
Most artists paint ON fabric, but
artist ANNETTE GRIGSBY doesn't. She paints WITH fabric!
While quilting bees and quilters replicate traditional
patterns in practicing this traditional craft, Annette
has converted her extraordinary quilting talent to that
of a new and unique art medium. Fabric art.
"I was born in Missouri, raised
in Arkansas, married a Louisiana man in Mississippi
and spent the last 43 years learning, teaching and traveling
all over the country making quilts," Annette says.
She finally ended up in Kansas, America's mid-point,
where she continues to innovate and redefine her craft
. . . her art . . . well, her artistic craft.
Her first memory of sewing was as a small
child making doll clothes with her sisters on the front
porch of their Eudora, Arkansas, home. Fifty years later
the obviously gifted brood of three sisters, Annette,
Betty Sanders (Cactus Flower Gifts) and Nancy Campbell
(Designs on You), now strewn by the tides of life from
Washington state to Texas, are all three Charter Exhibitors
in OurCraftShow.com, a recently launched online virtual
arts and crafts show.
Annette set a previously unexplored course
for her talents, never satisfied with as good as any.
"Of course, as soon as I learned the way they told
me to do something, I figured out a better way for me,"
Annette explains. While some quilting patterns suggest
three dimensional objects, like cubes and stars, Annette's
quilting adds an unusual ingredient of depth and perspective
to the picture. Her departure from repetitive patterns
and shapes gave her the freedom to create images, scenes
and interpretations not previously or elsewhere seen
in the quilting community. Taking depth a step further,
some of her works are actually in full relief.
So, when Annette entered into quilting
competitions it surprised no one but Annette that she
took the field by storm. Her work has won awards in
both national and international competitions. First
place, International Hoffman Competition; Finalist,
Good Housekeeping Quilt Contest; Specialty Award from
Woodlawn Plantation; and blue ribbons from too many
state fairs and regional competitions to list.
Recognition is always appreciated, but
it's evident that Annette is not driven by her competitive
side. "I confess, I haven't kept up with all of
the awards. There are a lot of others, but I just gave
most of the awards away with the piece," says Annette.
No, what drives Annette is the only motivation
strong enough to push an artist to the top of her craft,
the love of her work. While her bent for detail and
perfection is evident in the workpiece itself, her own
description reveals the thought, concept and emotion
she attempts, no, succeeds, in conveying. Of her Watchers
From the Shore, she writes "You can almost hear
the murmurs of amazement as the three natives witness
the three ships' arrival in their world. Were these
gods or men? Were they friend or foe? Hidden among trees
and foliage, you can see the fear in the way they hold
their bodies." A lesser passion would have produced
a lesser work.
Just as there is only one original "Sunflowers",
one original "Irises", most of Annette's pieces
are one of a kind, like Watchers From the Shore, Christmas
Eve at Our House, America's First Land-Sailing Adventure,
I've Got the Blues X 3 and Sweet Caroline. But the same
craftsmanship and originality are found in her other
pieces, like her Forever Friends series.
Annette Grigsby's work can be seen and
purchased on the internet at her booth (Annette's Fabric
Art) at www.OurCraftShow.com.