December is the month when the number of daylight hours is the smallest one. At least, in this part of the world! Nonetheless, I am fascinated by the observation of reality, as it is, even if it’s cold. So, after my long working hours, I try to go out and catch the last shade of light during a walk to my beloved sea. Blue sky turns to black night, and sometimes I’m surprised by the capability of the last rays of the day to carry colors that are still intense and bright.
The palette I propose for the month of December, in collaboration with Patchworkvictim as usual, is dedicated to the intensity of dark blue and warm red. You can see in the video below how nice pairing of red and blue can be found with printed fabric dedicated to celebrate this month! Description of all selected fabric is listed on Patchworkvictim blog.
I tried the proposed combination of red and blue in the quilt below: no surprise that, in using such colors, I bumped into the idea of quilting star shapes!
“Beyond Borders” is a virtual quilting guild of the Modern Quilt Guild. It is virtual because many of us are not able to meet in person: the group includes members from different continents, who applied for participation to the Individual Members Coalition of the MQG. Our last virtual gathering took place on November 16th, with participants from USA, UK, Sweden, Spain, Italy and Australia, and we talked about:
•MQG highlights: keep connected! Resources and articles setting the example.
•”Inspiration corner”: From the microscope to the sky. Natural textures finding room into our quilts (this was my talk: I will describe it here below).
•Show & Tell: participants showed what they were working on, new beginnings, past finishes.
•News from the quilting world: coming quilting events, sharing plans to visit venues
“Inspiration corner” is a section we have recently introduced: we have discovered the inspiration sources of Samantha @threads_of_my_life and Ally @alsterdeeluxe, from the English countryside, to the shapes hidden in the daily shadows around us.
In my turn for the “Inspiration corner” speech, I explained how I am inspired by textures that I find in nature and during my professional experience.
I started to use microscopy during my thesis work at the University, and the pictures I gathered in that period became part of a science communication project which travelled around Italy for some years.
I am still using microscopy and other imaging techniques, such as optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray tomography and ultrasonic testing: I have a professional relationship with images and I continuously work extracting technical meaning from raw abstract pictures.
When I put my recent texture quilts aside to the images obtained at the microscope, sometimes I find they have similarities. I don’t use photos as a direct source to make a quilt as a replica of the subject, but the library of pictures filling my memory surely influence my quilting practice.
I’m a moderator of “Beyond Borders” group, together with @tarahartslief: if you want to jump onboard, feel free to contact me for questions! Consider also checking the other one of the two groups of MQG Individual Member Coalition, at their Instagram profile: @modernfusionmqg
I love walking in the wood in Autumn, hearing the sound of cracking leaves under my steps, peeking the light popping out between the trees now and then as a surprise.
I rarely use dark colors for my quilts. But they make a beautiful background for bright and warm details! This is why I’ve chosen my crimson quilt as the inspiration source to propose a “Palette of the month” for November: in Autumn we have less light, but when it appears, it’s a wonderful flash!
You can see the fabric selected in collaboration with Patchworkvictim at this link of their blog, and a display of combination effects for prints and solids in the video below.
I first met Giovanna @jonikquilts on the verge of new year 2020, thanks to the common interest for improv modern patchwork.
After noticing her on the web thanks to common attendance of an on-line workshops, where the sneak peeks of our works in progress suggested we had a similar taste for color choice, I decided to break the ice inviting Giovanna to start a joint project. During the first phone call, while Giovanna was on the mountain enjoying family holidays, I proposed her to meet in person. A new year was starting: the best moment to fill our agenda with new plans! Even if this required to take the train, Giovanna liked the idea of travelling, and started to fill her luggage.
In February 2020, Giovanna took the train from Mestre, near Venice, and reached me in Trieste. What was the content of her suitcase? A bundle of quilts! All the quilts she had sewn in the recent years. Large quilts, small quilts, mini quilts, top to be finished, flying thread…
Received in my home, the quilts popping out from Giovanna’s bag seemed to be endless. It was the first chance we had to see each other in person, and to look at all the quilting work done by both of us until that day. We started to plan a weekend in Prague together, to visit an international patchwork fair. We didn’t know that this one was the last occasion for us to meet, in years.
Technology helped us to pass the difficult coming months: sometime crises create new opportunities. We met virtually, we tightened the connection with another Italian improv quilter, Carla Beretta @falcolupo, and ideas started to take shape: the construction of Quilt Improv Studio project.
Now, one of our old ideas took shape.
This Saturday we had the first occasion to meet physically again. It’s been a great experience to be in person, for the first time after almost two years, during the inauguration of the gallery The tales of the needle and the brush. A great occasion to meet quilters earlier known only through the web, and to appreciate the beautiful details of their quilts in a way that photography cannot express. Thanks Giovanna for passing through all plan changes we had in these complex times, and to continue with enthusiasm in promoting our initiatives together with Carla! Remote ways of working will remain our main tool: our quilting community reaches whatever distance.
On the back of this photo: the quilts Giovanna and myself made with identical palette, jointly purchased just in time before everything was closing down. Now they have finally been put one at the side of each other, in a real exhibit where we could be together.
When it was time for me to propose a palette for the month of October, I immediately thought of the pumpkin color and to the works I have done with orange fabric. I chose my quilt made for the first Quilt Improv Studio game, and I listed the colors used at that time to share its juicy palette: my favorite oranges, white and a well contrasting dark blue.
You can find the resulting fabric selection made in collaboration with Patchworkvictim, at the following page of their blog.
In this video you can see how nice prints using orange blue and white we could find, to match with the solids chosen at the start.
If you wish to see with your eyes the orange quilt which was created following this palette, you can soon come to visit the quilt+painting gallery The tales of the needle and the brush, opening on October 23rd in Trieste (Italy) and displaying not only orange quilts, but also blue quilts and black and white quilts, all stemming out from the fantasy of improv quilters who followed Quilt Improv Studio game prompts. And much more!
I prepared the colors for the August “Palette of the Month” several weeks ago. I didn’t expect that an exceptional heat wave would come, but now that it’s here, the color selection fits perfectly to the day: a group of yellows and greens, refreshing like a lime and mint based cocktail!
My monthly reflections on color match has become, for me, an occasion to learn something new. For example, I familiarized with the flower prints by Anna Maria Horner, and this resulted in a new collaboration with Patchworkvictim: Sara, from their team, has sewn a skirt for me, based on my design and on the fabric selection from last month: you can check in the next video if the new skirt it suits me well!
All the details of the “Palette of the Month” of August are reported at this link of Patchworkvictim blog. Happy refreshing sewing!
During my photographic creative journey, I’ve often played with real and imaginary colors of fruits. I’ve even titled to fruits one of my early photo galleries: Flowers, fruit and embroidery.
Now that my playing tool is fabric, I’ve dedicated to fruits the proposal for the palette of this month, selected in collaboration with Patchworkvictim: a “Fruit salad” July palette.
Fabric selection is described at this link of Patchworkvictim blog. Combination of sunny solids (Kona cottons named Sangria, Flame, Carrot and others) to juicy prints is a tasty pleasure: I talk about this in the following video. We speak in Italian, but catchy colors can be recognized well.
This one of my early quilts, which was source of inspiration for the palette definition:
I have a preference for solid fabric. Probably it stems out from the pleasure of getting full access to a large amount of color in a glance.
Indeed, graphic designer Falcinelli writes something about this in his essay Cromorama: he observes that the natural world offers to us the experience of a flat hue almost only in the vision of the sky.
I’m so happy to have the opportunity of talking of my favorite colors in a dedicated video appointment called “The palette of the month”, thanks to a new collaboration with the local quilt shop Patchworkvictim. You can see my choice of solid fabrics for this month on their blog article at this link.
All the palettes I will propose have been tested in some quilt of mine. I chose iris colors as a starter, because I’ve always loved to shoot photos of irises in all their development statuses, with wrinkly petals or unusual shapes. Irises are in full bloom now: they are a good inspiration source for this month!
It’s now time to unveil the destination of the blue and white quilt, result of the beautiful patchwork marathon of previous months, with more than 50 sewing contributors. As promised since the beginning, purpose of the project is to aid the center for protection of women from violence, G.O.A.P. Trieste, which helps women in need since 30 years ago, offering them protection, support, a shelter home.
Thus, we invite you to make donations to G.O.A.P. through their PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 90 donations, having value of 20 euro or more, delivered to G.O.A.P. since today with PayPal, will be associated to a number from 1 to 90, chronologically assigned as per order of donation arrival. As soon as all 90 numbers will be assigned, a list with donor name and associated number will be published at the following link of Patchworkvictim blog.
The blue and white quilt will be delivered to the person whose name is associated to the number that will become the first drawn by “Lotto Venice” lottery wheel on April 6th. It is possible to follow, on G.O.A.P. and Patchworkvictim social channels, the moment when the number of 90 donations will be reached, but we hope that this charity quilt project becomes also an occasion to sensitize people on the importance of supporting structures that help women in need, beyond the possibility to win the quilt.
For clarity purposes, the name and surname of donor (or, as an alternative, the name and surname of another person to whom a donor wishes to dedicate and to assign a possible win) has to be specified in the moment of PayPal donation submission; numbers will be assigned only to donations submitted through PayPal channel. Patchworkvictim will take care of quilt delivery expenses in case the destination address is located within Italy.
Be generous! Reinforcing the activities that help women, done by groups such as G.O.A.P., it is of utmost importance in this complex period of history, and your generosity may be rewarded with a wonderful quilt!