I made a charity quilt as part of the Modern Quilt Guild's Charity Quilt Challenge. We were given a specific colour palette and were required to use "Improv With Intent" as the technique for creating our quilts. No patterns were allowed.
As soon as I saw the colour palette I thought of the Hindu Holi Festival and the North American "Colour Runs" where people throw the bright coloured corn starch powders through the air. I started searching on Google for images of the festival and the Colour Runs and created a Pinterest Board of inspirational images. The Calgary Colour Run website states that the run celebrates "healthiness, happiness and individuality." I thought this was perfect given that I plan to donate this quilt to the Alberta Cancer Foundation and wouldn't every person fighting cancer love to celebrate healthiness, happiness and individuality once they have beaten cancer?
|My Quilt Con Charity Quilt titled "Flying Colors". Pieced and Quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.|
used the technique “Improv With Intent” to convey the colours flying out the
bottom left side of the quilt. My main improv choice was “slash and insert” to
show movement and direction. The movement of the powders is continued across
the quilt with coloured thread. There are ribbons, circles indicating powder
clumps and particles, arrows and clouds of powder filling the white space of
the quilt. The grey fabric indicates the streets people are running and
celebrating on. The majority of the white space is filled in with white
cloud quilting to represent the clouds of powder in the air and the breath
being expelled by the people running.
When I was piecing the quilt I originally planned to have
the colours running from left to right (blue, red, yellow) along the bottom
edge of the quilt and exploding upwards but when I turned the top sideways to
press seams I realized I liked that much better. Since I was free in the
improvisational technique to do whatever I wanted I changed my layout plan
I thought about what happens after the runs and the
festival. People would need to wash the coloured powders off of their skin. The
three large bars in the top left of the quilt are quilted with big drips to show
the colours dripping off of people. Immediately below the bars the drips
continue in threads of corresponding colours. There are more water drops and
more drips quilted with white in the space below the three large bars.
My Aunt, Valorie Weir, died of cancer on December 25th, 2015. I have contacted the Alberta Cancer Foundation to inquire about donating this quilt to them and happily they are able to accept the quilt and they have several major events coming up this year where they will be able to auction the quilt as a fundraiser for the Foundation. After the quilt hangs at Quilt Con in their Charity Quilt Exhibit it will be returned to me and I will donate it to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.