I thought about celebrations in general and the role they play in our lives rather than any particular holiday. Celebrations are the high points in our lives, and they can be the threads that tie our lives together. It can be a big celebration like a wedding, or something simple like celebrating the Eucharist in church. But in some way, they stand out from the everyday routines of our lives. I tried to depict this with my use of color, and also in the way I chose to construct it.
This is actually four different quilts- the three panels, and the black backing. The three panels are fabric I hand dyed for this challenge, then quilted and faced with an envelope finish. The black backing is sateen, and is minimally quilted- the only stitching is the bobbin work done with the heavy gold thread. Most of the bobbin work is behind the hand dyed panels, but some does overlap onto them.
Ultimately, I plan to stretch this onto a canvas or stretcher bars. I'm happy with how it turned out, and also think I learned something about my artistic voice in the process. I looked back on the pieces I've done over the past two years, and realized that several use black in conjunction with bright colors. I like the look, and plan to continue exploring how I can use it in my work.