Thursday, August 18, 2011

Remembering Laurel





Michele Bilyeu
Salem, OR USA
Width: 9" Length: 12"
Materials/Techniques: Free-pieced cotton fabrics, ink jet photo printing of Laurel Burch quote on fabric, and glass beads. Liberated, freely pieced flying geese and curved seams to invite the 'freedom of birds in flight' and the 'mysteries of the earth' with Laurel Burch's cats and cat angels peeking out from everywhere.
Artist Statement: When Laurel Burch left home at the age of 14, she had a paper bag of clothing and a rare bone disease that created over 100 fractures and resulted in her death in 2007, at the age of 61. We all face challenges in our life. May we learn to face them with the exuberant joy, passion for color and zest for life and living that Laurel Burch had.

Dedication: Laurel's life filled us with color and joy and a passion for living. May this quilt carry those energies and fill your life with that magic, as well.
This quilt earned $50 for the AAQI and sold before it ever made it to the "quilts awaiting assignment page" or the "sale page" or the "Holding for Houston" page.

I really enjoyed making this one with its bright, joy filled fabrics, the lovely quotation, and lots of liberated piecing and curves. It took me about 3 days as I worked through the piecing, photo printing and beads... and they were all great fun!

7656 Remembering Laurel and...
I have one other 'Laurel' quilt awaiting assignment and photographing. The partner to this one is named is #7820 Laurel Points the Way...maybe she'll make it to Houston...or maybe she'll end up with her 'sister'....who knows? I'm having fun and they all go for such a wonderful cause.

Check out my other blog for our AAQI Liberated Challenge group quilts that have so far made the Holding for Houston page and remember that our group's quilts above #'s 6805 have not yet been selected for traveling. Maybe, I'll get a quilt to Houston yet. Do I have to hope that mine don't get sold in order to travel, now....big ;)

Free Laurel Burch Quilt Patterns: