Quilter in Distress: Rossanna Wells
Rescuer: Nancy Belsky
Untitled • 18' x 15"
Rossanna: "I've been quilting for the past 13 years. I wanted to create a sort of cherry blossom piece, capturing the flow and gracefulness that these beautiful flowers have, sort of the flow that I got at the bottom with the leaves. I wanted to follow the simplicity that Japanese arrangements have and the beautiful effect they create. I didn't get that effect and there is a key element missing, it don't know where to take it from here."
Nancy: "As I first opened the box I was delighted because the piece immediately reminded me of undulating kelp. The beautiful flowers stymied me because I know that kelp doesn't flower. It took a long time and a lot of courage to change the flowers to jellyfish. From there it took on a life of its own. Carp from my Asian fabric collection begged to swim around. (I know, not salt water fish, but I took artistic license.) I added dark-blue organza to give more contrast to the yellow fish. Torn organza in two shades and fuzzy yarn added more seaweed. I finished off with another single layer of organza and a fuzzy yarn frame. I hope the original artist is pleased with our combined creation!"