I received an email from Dale Riehl of The Art Quilt Gallery and City Quilter this morning, reminding me that their latest exhibit is closing soon.
Erin Wilson’s show, called Color Stories is simply amazing. Dale refers to the work as “refined fabric architectural work.” It is a fitting description as her color play and scale of work has to be seen to be believed.
Some of her blocks are as small as two or three inches and the component pieces are almost microscopic. My best guess is that she gets the smallest pieces as small as 1/8 or even 1/16 if an inch. I asked dale how she does it and he advised that it is top secret. I can understand that as my machine would suck those small pieces into the bobbin immediately. I am guessing there are tweezers involved, very thin seam allowances, and a lot of trimming, perhaps with an anchor piece of fabric. I didn’t see the bulk I would have expected to assume a base or stabilizer piece of fabric but I guess tear-away embroidery stabilizer would work too.
The show is on through December 25. If you can, check it out. It is well worth the trip.