I recently participated in a brown bag challenge with my art quilting group. Each participant was asked to bring three items in a brown lunch bag to be used in a small art quilt. Everyone took home a random bag that wasn’t their own, and had two months to use the items to create a 12″x12″ art quilt.
I was so excited as I opened my brown bag because I knew instantly that my friend Jackie had placed the items I found within it.
It contained cuts of 5 hand-dyed fabrics, a baggie of colorful marble-sized woolen balls and half-dollar-sized woolen discs, and a playfully tied bundle of silk ribbon and perle cotton embroidery floss.
The planning begins! A preliminary layout for the fabric, and a sketch for the embroidery.
The pieced base layer takes shape. Jackie’s hand-dyes were supplemented with a few from my stash.
The completed piece. The original design was rearranged to incorporate a quote from Rumi that I heard while working on the embroidery: “This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.” It resonated with me in a way that I thought Jackie might feel too.
The complete poem is printed onto fabric and applied to the back side.