Everyone need at least one muse, but the more, the better. Plenty of humans inspire my work, but I also have a liquid muse: Coffee! And I have the quilts to prove it! On Day 51, I hung out my first series:
These are tessellated mugs, with 3D "prairie point" folded handles that stick out. If you're scratching your head, you're not alone; so many people have told me these don't look like mugs at all; they see fish, aliens, and/or chicken heads. Fine! Whatever! I see mugs! The ovals are not alien eyeballs, they're the coffee! My first version used solids, for a clean modern look.
And finally, a version that combines prints and solids - I call this, "Clouds in my Coffee."
First, a long, tall piece with what looks like eyeballs staring out of cups. It's black-and-white and red all over, and only required about 5 fabrics (not counting the binding or back).
Second, (52B), a piece headline "100 Cups of Coffee on the Wall.)
Along the right-hand side, it's strung with empty cream cups and a black plastic coffee cup at the bottom....
Patterns and/or directions for most of these quilts are in my "Quilts for Coffee Lovers' booklet, available from my etsy shop, CathyPStudio. Click on the link HERE.
Finally - a couple of weeks ago you saw a bunch of large quilts inspired by my residence in Japan in the early 1980s (HERE.)
Here's one more - it was made for relaxation between the larger Japan projects. I'm not sure if it's a baby quilt or an art quilt - it measures 34" x 42".
I used improvisational curved piecing, a technique that has taken the quilt world by storm , with an interesting history. Several years back, I blogged the history, and my own tutorial, HERE. Debbie Bowles' book, "Cutting Curves from Straight Pieces," was helpful, too.
I got plenty of quilting practice, making feathers and vines, in the red area.
The back has many more Japanese (and Japanesque) fragments. The grey in the borders are from a traditional jacket...
The tossed doll fabric on navy was from a furoshiki, a wrapping cloth....
And the fabric with the white x's (third strip up from the bottom), is from a yukata, a long lightweight robe that I loved wearing for many years!
More porch quilts to come!