For my exploration into the current ABS journey, I went with the quilt that grabbed me the most and that was the Nine Patch by Emma Mae Hall Pettway. I love the garden feel of this design with bright pops of color on the leafy green backgrounds. I think in some ways it reminds me of the background of Gustav Klimt’s painting, The Kiss. So definitely a geometric garden vibe was my inspiration.
For my first design, I grabbed some wood geometric beads and my Vintaj patina paints to transform them into a playful take on the patchwork quilt. I painted each facet in a different color and then sanded the edges. Sanding hime gave them a wonderful rustic feel and helped clean up my messy paint job. Win, win. I used red leather to knot on the beads, taking my color cues from the quilt. I added in a few Humblebeads disks to play on the smaller patterns of floral elements in the quilt. I decided to go with a rustic twig branch that felt right with my wood beads. And the nest, just seemed liked this design was calling out for it.
I grabbed these thread tassels and a few Humblebeads for this simple pair of earrings. Fibers seemed like the way to go for this journey. Which leads me to my last design.
I had this tassel in my bead stash and it’s perfect for the colors in the quilt I choose. By adding in a little bit of the coral tones with the red, it takes the design away from looking Christmasy and brings it more fully into that garden arena. And recycled silk is a nice reference to the upcycled materials used in the Gee Bends Quilts.
I paired one of my flower pendants with a Diane Hawkey word bead, a cluster of Czech glass flowers and a textured rope jump ring from Vintaj. I strung the pendant on brown leather.
So that’s my take on the Gee Bends inspired journey. How will interpret this quilts with beads. I’m so looking forward to seeing your creations this month.
Here is the post showing all the quilts for Journey 3. Be sure to upload your images to the gallery in our Facebook group to enter the current drawing.