"Treasures On the Sand" by Diane Gillespie and Jan Stone

19 Jul 2011
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Quilter in Distress: Diane Gillespie
Rescuer: Jan Stone

"Treasures On the Sand" • 11" x 12"

Diane: "I like triangles. I became interested in the 'Pythagoreans' symbols and started using them in my quilt designs. The use of found objects gives this quilt a personal geographic location but also is used as a symbol for the Earth. I kept the colors neutral like the colors of the beach at winter. I am unhappy with this quilt so far because I think it may need more texture and maybe some thread painting for movement. I was considering using layers of sheer fabric and cutting it away. The frayed edges may look good. The use of metal objects may help it out."

Jan: "When I received this quilt it took me a few weeks to get a basic idea. I felt this little quilt was telling a story--a collection of memories--maybe a vacation or a walk on the beach collecting treasures with family or friends. I wanted to use many of the sea shore embellishments so I could keep the feel of a sea-side story. My next decision was how much I would change the quilt. I loved all the different fabrics used and wanted to keep as many as I could. I immediately thought of Jude Hill's articles in the December/January 2009 and August/September 2010 issues of Quilting Arts. "Quilting a Story" was exactly what I had in mind for the quilt and weaving a cloth base was an excellent way for me to use the many pieces of fabric that were available. The quilt also has a woven base with hand quilting and silver metallic thread. Embellishments were added to represent the waves rolling in to the beach, leaving deposits of treasure on the sand-shells, driftwood, even a message from a bottle. I added a bit of color with fabrics and beads."

 


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mamiller wrote
on 21 Jul 2011 9:51 AM

I like the rescue as a piece on its own but too bad that the origional triangle design of Dianes was lost.  the new piece seems far removed from the UFO to me.

mamiller wrote
on 21 Jul 2011 9:51 AM

I like the rescue as a piece on its own but too bad that the origional triangle design of Dianes was lost.  the new piece seems far removed from the UFO to me.

acharyaalka wrote
on 26 Aug 2011 3:21 AM

VERY NICE