Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Perhaps Best Not to Choose These Themes????

I was looking through my TWELVE BY TWELVE book this afternoon, and it suddenly occurred to me: It is highly probable that not everyone in our group has seen this book.  For that reason, it seemed prudent to me to list the themes that the original group used.  To "reuse" a theme would not be a terrible thing, except for those of us (like me!) who know the book almost too well,  and who then might be overly-influenced by the quilts that portrayed that theme.

Some of you might disagree with me; if so, let me know.  But just in case we are all in agreement about this, here is the list of themes that that original group used and that were published in their book:


I of course can be over-ridden on this "rule", but if all agree that we'd be wise to steer clear of those themes, well, there they are!

Do, please, speak up, though, if you disagree and feel that we could use one of theirs and come up with totally different quilts!

And while we are on the subject of the original group, all of you might find it fascinating to visit their group blog.  On this current go-round, they are basing their quilts on colors chosen by the members.  This will take you to their quilts based on GRAY (or GREY as our friends from Scotland likely spell it!)


And then, each of those 12 members has her own blog, which would be fun to look at as well:


  1. Absolutely I agree Alice! In fact, I went to the book almost immediately to be sure that my list of words were not previous selections by the 12 x 12 group. Good idea!

  2. I agree also...there are SO many themes, that we don't need to "repeat"
    those used by the 12 x 12 group.

  3. Best wishes to Material Mavens as you start on your challenge. I have added your blog to the "Friends of Twelve by Twelve" listing in our group blog sidebar.

    Those of you who live in the UK may be interested in our forthcoming exhibition of the Theme series (as featured in the book, Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge) at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, 11-14 August.

    Those of you in Dallas might like to hear Deborah Boschert speak at the Quilters Guild of Dallas as follows:

    Program and Book Signing: September 1, 2011 at 7 pm
    Twelve by Twelve: Inspirations and Adventures from the Art Quilt Challenge
    Congregation Shearith Israel
    9401 Douglas Ave Dallas, TX 75225

    Workshop: Friday, September 2, 2011
    Small Art Quilts: Designing a Series
    Time and Location to be determined

    For more information, contact Deborah Boschert or Quilters Guild of Dallas Program Chair, Joan Wilson.

    Last, but not least, both the Theme series and the Colorplay series will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, 3-6 November 2011.