My Facebook art quilt group called Art Quilts Around the World had a new challenge due Sept. 30, 2018. I had a very busy August and September including a small wedding for my boyfriend of 13 years. We got married on October and I am Laurie Ceesay Landree in the quilting world. I knew I was not going to complete the challenge on time so I postponed it ad continued after the wedding and before I went to Houston.
The challenge was called Imagine based on however we interpret the John Lennon song of the same name. I interpreted the title by imagining racial harmony. I love the 1960s-1970s artist Peter Maxx and used my version of his landscapes with the strong sun and rays of the sun with lots of colorful stars in the sky with water, grass and mountains.
Then I chose to divide a female motif in two with one side as a black woman and the other side as a white woman. I used the peace sign as an image of unity and harmony.
I finished the quilt in mid October then chose to not embellish it and I used it in my Mixed Media Forum demo at the International Quilt Festival last month in Houston as an example of a project ready to embellish. I explained my thought process and had potential embellishments to demo. I returned home a week ago from Houston and I was able to hand sew lots of star buttons, beads for jewelry, nail polish in the hair and on the face for bling. I had a few green felt peace sign buttons and a few green and one yellow peace sign buttons for the landscape and the sun. Very colorful and whimsical!!