--- Design and complete a small work using your interpretation
of either the first line or the last line of one of your favorite books. The
line itself (not the entire book) is the spark for your piece. What
pops into your head when you read the line…can you express that
in your piece?
--- Value refers to the lightness or darkness
of a color. Contrast of values is how the value looks compared to the
surrounding values. Try to use strong contrast of values to direct
the eye to where you want it to go.
commercial fabrics, Pigma Pens, oil paint sticks
In "The Time Traveler's Wife" Claire states "it is lonely
being left behind". I wanted to portray this feeling without using
living things. These boats are abandoned on the beach, awaiting the
return of those who sail in them. I added detail on the boats with
Pigma Pens and oil crayons.
18-1/2 x 20-1/2”
Cotton, velvet, and lace
The blue line in the mirror is the crack
(from Agatha Christie’s
book). I had my husband sit so that I could take his picture
to use as a guide. Miss Jane and the chair were hand appliqued. The
mirror was machine embroidered
Del Mar, California
The Lady Igraine
Hand dyed cottons, silks and silk velvet; hand painted silk; aluminum
foil (to shape skirt); Shiva paint sticks; feathers.
"Even in high summer, Tintagel was a haunted place; Igraine, Lady Duke
of Gorlois, looked out over the sea from the headland." From Mysts of
Avalon by Marion Bradley Zimmer
One of my all time favorite series of books.
Cynthia Ann Morgan
The City Was Still There
18 x 20"
hand dyed & commercial fabrics, cotton & metallic thread
This quilt is based on the last line
of Blindness by Jose Saramago (he won the Nobel Prize for Literature
in 1998 and the book is about the best and worst of people in a situation
of horror). The background is pieced and the "scene" is
fused, and then heavily quilted.
Gena Itschner Flatley
Commerce Twp, MI
The numbers just don't add up
23 x 38 “
Commercial Batik Cottons, fused raw edge applique, cotton batting,
This challenge led me to combine a line
from an old detective novel with my desire to use pieces based on
birthdays for my family. In the novel, a detective at a crime scene
couldn't make sense of the evidence and he commented figuratively "the numbers just don't add
up." My attempt was a literal interpretation of his comment.
For each member of my family I made squares using numbers in their
birthdates and tried to come up with a pleasing design. After days
on the design wall, the squares called out to be cut, inserted and overlapped.
I had the devil of a time trying to get those squares to "add
The Old Man and the Stars
12” x 17”
cotton fabric, fusible web, star sequins, Shiva paint sticks, Angelina
I chose the first
line from the book "The Orphan Boy" by
Tololwa M. Mollel. It's an African tale but the man depicted
is not African. The first line reads: "As he had done
every night of his life, the old man gazed deep into the heavens."
I used a photo that was altered in Photoshop. I was fortunate enough
to find a black fat quarter in my stash that was covered with faint
dark gray stars and used that for the background fabric. I placed
a new moon in the sky and added highlights around the old man, moon
and tree silhouette below with Shiva paint sticks. Angelina fibers
in the sky added sort of a wispy effect to the sky and moon somewhat
resembling the Milky Way. Little quilting was done other than
over the Angelina fibers and around some of the old man's features.
Saratoga Springs, NY
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
2 fabrics painted with acrylics
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except
at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind
which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies),
rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame
of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." This
very long first sentence of "Paul Clifford", written by Edward
George Bulwer-Lytton in 1830, is the inspiration for an annual competition
to see who can write the worst first line.
The Blue Pigs Were Eating a Snake
all cotton prints, some machine zigzag for the snake
First line of
Lonesome Dove: When Augustus came out onto the porch, the blue pigs were eating a snake, not a
very large one. I tried this one totally abstract, but it didn't
work. This second attempt
using real pig shapes and a somewhat abstract snake, is ok. There
is contrast in color and size of the elements
Lisa A Albanese
A yellow kind of a day
8 1/2 by 11”
scrap quilting cottons, seed beads
Based one of my daughters favorite books - My Many Colored Days - by
Dr. Suess - first line - Some days are yellow. The piece is composed
entirely of scraps - the challenge was having enough value changes
in yellow. Echo quilted then beaded for a little flair. I have since
turned this into a series of 12 pieces for each color described in the book.
San Leandro, CA
Cotton fabrics, fused
inspired by the first chapter of 'Dandelion Wine' by Ray Bradbury.
I intended to give the impression of sunrise falling across a small
Marlene A. Koons
The desert was cruel and hard and dry....
sentence continues "...and
these were the people of the desert."
It's from Jews: The Story of the People by Howard Fast, a
marvelous chronicle of Jews, their impact on our world and the start of Christianity. It's
not a religious book, but a fascinating story.
my quilt is an abstract interpretation. The
background is strip pieced and the shadows of the dunes are made
with Shiva paintsticks. I used a photo of the Nevada desert taken
by my husband for the idea. The vertical strips are the people,
black to show them as in our past. The quilting includes
stars of David. The red circles are up to your interpretation.
Now I have
to admit that this isn't necessarily my favorite book (I read about
5 a week so it is too hard to have a favorite) but this book did
have an impact on me. My husband and I listened
to an audio version while traveling many years ago and we still recall
it from time to time. While not being Jewish, we found the
book a great read and feel richer for having read it. It's
for every one!
8" x 10”
digital photo collage printed on cotton and backed/bound with wool
The first line of "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson
Burnett: "When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite manor
to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking
child ever seen. It was true, too."
My first impluse was to make a secret garden with a lot of color and
embroidery etc. But, the assignment was to use the first line of the
book for inspiration. This was a challenging assignment because what
I like about the book is that there is a secret and it's beautiful.
The first line of the book does not by any means reflect that and is
quite the opposite. If any of you have read this book, Mary Lennox
as Burnett writes is truly a disagreeable-looking child and the manor
is a scary place.
Marseilles Burning in the Sun (from
Dickens’ Little Dorrit)
16" X 20"
cotton fabric, Jacquard fabric paints
I found a picture of the Bay of Marseilles painted by Cezanne and used
it very loosely as a model to paint this quilt top. I am a beginning
fabric painter having recently taken a Quilt University course. I tried
to use a variety of values to bring this scene to life and added some
thread painting and quilting.
Tobi K. Hoffman
Party Field from Bag End
From a photo I took from the filming site in New Zealand of the Lord
of the Rings -- such a favorite book we had to go there!
There was a hole….
10" x 14"
Batiks and cotton, thread painted and quilted,
"There is a hole the size of a golf ball in the right side of
Katherine Givin's black Bali bra." from Annie Freeman's Fabulous
Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish. This is totally chick lit, but
I love the way Radish speaks to the bonds of women in this and her
other books. The figure is hand-drawn and then fused as applique.
I wanted the bra to be the focal point and the body to blend into the
background. Variegated threads were used for the highlights of the
body shadows. And yes, the arm is a cutout, edged with satin stitch.
I have a collection of female nudes that I've used to decorate my bathroom,
this will fit right in with the new paint! The biggest challenge was
finding a first line that piqued my interest!
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