#StoryBehindtheArt - Iris, 2010 - Julie Brown Neu

#StoryBehindtheArt – Iris, 2010

quilt created from close up of purple iris flower

I’ve decided to dig back into the archives and share some of my previous work and the stories behind the pieces. “Iris” goes way back.

In the fall of 2009, I took a break from four months of staining woodwork in my new house. (Yes, FOUR months of 40 hour weeks of staining baseboards, doors, and door and window trim. It’s a good thing that we’re never moving from this house because I am totally not doing that again!)  I spent a week at Cambridge Quilt Shop taking a class with Ruth B. McDowell and having an absolute blast. It’s a wonderful treat to spend a full week in a class, creating art, and learning a new technique for my quilting tool belt.

In the class, we designed quilts based on our own photographs and using her method of piecing.  After I finished my staining, I finished this quilt, which was based on a close-up photo I took of an iris from my garden. (I do a lot of Georgia O’Keefe-inspired intense close-ups of flowers, but this is the only photo ever turned into a quilt.) The quilt hung at the Vermont Quilt Festival in 2010.  

quilt created from close up of purple iris flower
Iris, 2010. Based on my own photo and begun in a workshop with Ruth McDowell

This quilt is available for sale in the Shop.

2 comments to " #StoryBehindtheArt – Iris, 2010 "

  • Barbara Garvine

    Thanks for sharing this creation ‘story.’ I have learned and enjoyed using some of Ruth’s techniques in classes with Ann Shaw but your beautiful piece has gotten me thinking in a whole new direction!
    And thanks for your inspiring visit with our guild here in Miami a few months ago.

    • julieneu

      That is so wonderful to hear! I love that this sparked something and I am so glad that you found my talk inspiring. I hope that you’re finding time to play!

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