My first finished UFO for 2016 was inspired by the second Gee's Bend exhibit at the MFA Houston several years ago. A child-size table and chairs were provided to children to play and create after viewing the exhibit. Matboard and varying sizes and colors of tape were provided for this creative effort. I sat down with the kids and created a design (Fig. 1). This became the quilt top (work-in-progress) shown in Fig. 2 and the finished quilt, as yet untitled - Fig. 3.
Gee's Bend Quilter's often created what they called a housetop block which was a variation on a traditional log-cabin block. I used it as a border around an improvised pieced work. My idea at the time was sort of an oxymoron, Containing Volatility - Fig. 4. Friend, Mary Ann Littlejohn, is using this quilt top for practice on her long-arm quilting machine. I am excited to see what she does with it.
Tape Design Fig. 1
Work-in-Progress Fig. 2
Untitled Fig. 3
Containing Volatility Fig. 4