31 January 2012

Savannah Kiss

I finished the giraffe quilt just in time for the Stitch Modern quilt show organized by the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild. I've posted about piecing and assembling this quilt here and here.
The quilt was inspired by Carol Walker photograph of a mother giraffe craning down to nuzzle her newborn calf.
I ended up quilting quite densely in the green areas. When I planned this project I envisioned larger pieces in the green area, and less quilting. But I decided on finer detail as the progress progressed. And I have to say that made the project progress more slowly. Wow, the quilting took a long time.
I love the way the quilting styles in the positive and negative space are similar and distinct.
I'm satisfied with the organic line quilting in the leafy background, even though it took days and days.
At the EBMQG we're such a rag-tag disorganized Berkeley bunch. I have to admit I'm a bit surprised we pulled this together. Just about all the credit goes to Birgit Hottenrott, who suggested the idea, secured the venue, and took care of a million details, plus all the things that never crossed my mind. Kim Anderson made a wonderful logo and postcard announcement, and our fearless leader Stacey kept us all on track. And thanks to the EBMQG crew for letting me hang my quilts, even if the aren't exactly capital-M modern.
There are scads of great quilts to see, including a glorious Project Modern challenge winner by Alison Schmidt (not pictured).
My Orange Lizard is also hanging.

Won't you come take a look?

40 comments:

  1. don't tell but your quilts knock the socks off everything else anywhere ever in the world. ok?

    sssh.


    Secret.

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  2. I wish I lived close enough to visit in real life instead of virtual - your quilt is breathtaking even on a little screen!

    Pomona x

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  3. You know if I ever own one of your quilts. . I'd just hang it forever! Your work is A M A Z I N G!

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  4. You're quilts are just beautiful! The lizard was my all time fave but those giraffes are just so special!! Looks like a great show!

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  5. What Katy said. Beautiful amazing quilt and incredible quilting, you just seem to be heading to the stratosphere at the moment. Wonderful

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  6. Your giraffes are just fab! I enjoyed seeing the exhibition photos too :)

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  7. Wow I have never seen anything like this - love the giraffes.

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  8. You are an amazing quilter - the mother and baby giraffe nuzzling is so beautifully captured in your work. Just stunning.

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  9. Just fabulous. Wish I had even a fraction of your imagination.

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  10. Wow. Just wow. You're incredibly talented, you know?

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  11. Your work is so amazing, you really are very talented indeed

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  12. Yeah, your quilts are the ones I love! You have mastered this technique and continue to make more incredible designs with it. This evolution has been super fast and intriguing to watch.

    And, of course, giraffes are the best!

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  13. Love! Love! Love! The quilting is the perfect complement to the piecing (even if it took forever!)!

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  14. Bravo! Well done! I agree with cauchy09 - it's been fun to watch your progress.

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  15. Oh, I'd love to come out and see in person, but I'm waaaay over here on That Other Coast. I've enjoyed watching your creations grow, you have a fabulous eye and the patience to do it justice!

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  16. The quilt looks awesome! Congratulations, it's really wonderful.

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  18. Absolutely amazingly beautiful! I wish I were your area to see the quilt in person. I'm sure it's even more breathtaking close up.

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  19. Hi Dan! I love your latest quilt as the others, too! How great that you have them in an exhibition so that many people can enjoy your unique work!

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  20. Dan, it's absolutely spectacular!

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  21. I love giraffes ...your quilt is just amazing!! Hugs to you

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  22. I can't get over the texture you created. Your newest applique quilt is amazing, and the exhibit looks well done!

    P.S. Be on the lookout for some denim late next week!

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  23. Awesome design and quilting job on the giraffes! Wish I could hop over and take in the show in person.

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  24. I love, love, love all of the quilting you did on Savannah Kiss (great quilt name, too!). It's a joy to look at. Is it for sale? I'm sure it'll be snapped up at the show if it is! I think your quilts fit right in, actually. I love that there is so much tradition and inspiration from old quilts in your reverse quilts and yet they finish as contemporary pieces. Congratulations Dan, on your stunning new quilt, and the show.

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  25. It's absolutely gorgeous. I'm blown away by your skills and vision. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  26. Love it!

    And I don't think you should worry about being capital M modern. I'm not sure anyone is. There is no perfect definition.

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  27. Just beautiful!!! I wish I was in the area and could see them in person. Great talent!

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  28. Great promo, Dan! Thanks for putting the word out :)

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  29. Amazing. If I lived out there I would definitely be coming by!

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  30. Too bad I live on the other coast. I'd love to see this show in person. Thank you for sharing your progress posts on the making of your quilt. I love how it turned out.

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  31. I love your quilt, the quilting is a wonderful finish. The show looks beautiful too, thank you for the photos for those of us too far away to go.

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  32. there are no words!......awesome does not cut it, inspiring, yes!

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  33. Your quilts are always amazing, but the attention to detail on this one is just beyond words. The piecing and quitting you choose for the green areas really paid off!

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  34. your quilts are so crazy good and uniquely Dan that there isn't even a category invented for them yet. and, Savannah Kiss is no exception. astounding work.

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  35. Bravo pour le quilt "The Giraffes".
    It's very beautiful

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  36. how I wish live close to you to see your beautiful quilts in real!!

    the Savannah kiss is absolutely a gorgeous piece of art!

    you are amazing!

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