What happens when you unleash a room full of quilters armed with art supplies on blank 12 by 12 inch fabric squares?
Well, I wish I could say you get great art, but that would be a lie. You do get a lot of fun and giggling, which isn’t a bad outcome.
The deal was we members of Contemporary Cloth Artists (CoCA) would bring a fabric square layered with batting and backing, and any painting, drawing, stitching, beading, fusing supplies we wanted that could be used in a public meeting room. We’d pass our square to the person to our left and receive the square of the person to our right. That would go on until everyone had a crack at all the squares.
Did we have supplies. I saw Angelina, lace trims, Inktense pencils, fabric markers, fusible fabrics, charms, beads, yarns, ribbons, fussy cut fabric figures, organdies, felts, floss, perle cotton, and other stuff I never had a chance to look at. There were glues, fusibles, and irons with which to attach all that stuff.
My blank square was lavender cotton silk screened with a silver plant stem and leaf. Here’s how it ended up.
I’ve called it Creature Feature as it looks like a mashup of bad sci-fi movie monsters. Mind you, while all that creating was going on there was a lively discussion of bad sci-fi movies, especially Sharknado. I can’t help but think that influenced the outcome.
We may do this again, but I’ll suggest we start with a bit more guidance as to subject or theme.