to 1996 or 1997. Donna Ingram and Pat Slusser of Watercolor Quilts fame wrote a couple books and started teaching throughout the country. Dierdre Amsden published a book on colourwash quilts. Quilters everywhere were on the colorwash-watercolor-creative illusions road. They started creating all sorts of visual illusions in quilts. One of the popular illusions was creating illumination in quilts. One chose an area of the quilt for the source of "light"created a design that seemed to glow and radiate from that source. Donna Ingram and Pat Slusser came to our guild and taught a class on adding illumination to quilts. The class list called for lots and lots of 2" squares of light, medium and dark fabrics.
What to take for the class? Once again total crazyness took over. Here was this stack of 8" squares sitting on the shelf taking up space. I decided to cut them all into 2" squares, sort them by color and value, and take them to class. I went to a local pizza place and bought 12 new large pizza boxes. Took me at least a couple weeks to cut and sort all the squares. I arranged them in the pizza boxes according to color and value. Come class day I was ready - carrying a stack of pizza boxes almost too high to see over. I was all ready to learn, having also ruled off a huge piece of Pellon fleece in 2" squares.
Well, creating illumination in quilts turned out to be WAY outside my comfort zone. I had arranged about 200 squares on my grid by the time the class was over. I wasn't enjoying the process at all. I took the grid home, hung it in the upstairs junk room and left it there. Squares drifted off. I picked them off the floor and carefully placed them in the right pizza boxes. After about three years I decided I would never finish it, so I pulled all the other squares off the fleece, put them back in the pizza boxes, and stuck the pizza boxes in a closet. I used the Pellon fleece to expand my design wall in my sewing room downstairs. The 2" squares began to age nicely tucked away in the corner of the dark closet. I did my best to forget that they were there.
Part 3 to follow . . . .