Ah, the love we have for our quilting notions! In the June/July issue of Quilting Arts, we asked our well-stocked readers to make a quilt reflecting the theme, ‘I’ve Got a Notion.’ We received love letters to pins, zippers, embroidery tools, and sewing machines—in quilt form, of course! It was hard to choose from all of the well thought out and witty entries, but we are pleased and proud to share a selection of our readers’ work. We hope you enjoy this original art.
“Some of My Favorite Things”
Janice Boiduk • Brookdale, Nova Scotia, Canada
“Upon entering my sewing studio, the first thing people notice are the items I use each time I sit down at my work table. Scissors, buttons, thimbles, and thread sit next to a porcelain pot I turned, decorated, and fired— and then made into a pretty pincushion. Some people have comfort foods; my notions are my comfort. I found a lovely piece of Japanese fabric at a garage sale. The fabric was lying on my work table and when I dumped some of my notions down on the table they spilled onto the fabric and voila, there was my quilt. With needle in hand, I began recreating the scene on the table. Hand appliqué, fused appliqué, beads, buttons, machine quilting, and a little painting pulled it all together.”
“Light, Reflections, & Shadows”
Patricia Smith • Campbellville, Ontario, Canada
“I’ve always loved metal bobbins. They seem so solid, permanent, functional, yet abstract. A tiny feat of engineering. Even the noise they make clattering together in a box sounds like chimes calling one to the sewing table. My new machine can only take plastic bobbins due to magnetic elements in its innards. What to do with these beautiful little creatures that have given such service for all these years? When I saw the interesting shadows and reflections they created, I knew they would be the ideal tableau for the ‘I’ve Got a Notion’ Challenge. The name of this quilt was just descriptive, but as I thought about it, I realized it described all life’s reasons I turn to quilting.”
“My Notions: Imagination, Needle, and Thread”
Denise Buchwalter-Losczyk • Camp Verde, Arizona
“I created a collage using embroidered and hand needle-felted bits left over from previous projects.
Embroidering with needle and thread (both by hand and machine) is one of the main components in my artwork, so I chose those, along with my imagination as my ‘notions.’ I used my hand-printed cotton fabrics and embellished the quilt with a vintage spool of silk thread, a brass thimble charm given to me by my father, and a brass pincushion charm which I painted with acrylic ink. Other embellishments are vintage and pearl buttons. The eyes in the piece are a self-portrait drawing of my eyes.”
“A Crazy Notion”
JaNita Clairmont • Seattle Washington
“Crazy quilting is my passion and I often use common notions like snaps, twill tape, and buttons. I like to celebrate them as embellishments rather than just their ordinary functions as closures or underpinnings.”
Laura Cummins • Grand Junction, Colorado
“Most of my recent work consists of wholecloth quilts using my hand dyed fabrics. Usually I let the fabric set the direction of the quilt. This was a chance to try something new and make the fabric conform to the idea. A new tool in my toolbox!”