Somebody told me that there was a discussion somewhere about working in series and about how some people were doubting that it was possible to make a series of representational quilts.
Since I have always been a serial quilter, (and have actually written a book about all the series I've work in) (and put together an interminable Power Point lecture which I would happily show you for a generous donation!)..I would certainly feel that it was entirely possible to make a series of quilts about anything at all, in any style, whatsover. The most determining thing about doing so is that you are sufficiently interested in the topic to WANT to do it...something that drives you forward to explore the idea, and make another, and another and another!!
My very first series was all about Windows...I come from Yorkshire.....it's often grey, the winters are long and the days are short, and we needed all the light we could get....windows were really important. My current house now has twice as many windows as it did when I moved in! 74 to be exact - I'm not kidding! so you can tell I'm a little nutty about windows.
Here are some of those first quilts:
I also did a series I called Idea of a City...there were about ten pieces, each 60" x 60", here are a couple to give you an idea:
And then there was my industrial series: I must have made 8 or 9 about this steel mill in Hamilton, Ontario....
I also did a series about the old streets of York, and a more abstract one about memory called Red Shift, and one about rooftops and chimneys, and one about landscapes I love, and one about my current town...and...and...and....
It's really great to work in a series, there are so many benefits...plus each one moves you forward to the next...
And, of course, it just so happens that I have a new class starting with academyofquilting.com
next week entitled Working In Series!! The series can be abstract, or representational, or somewhere halfway in between....serial work is NOT limited by the type or content of the work. And, it's a really deeply satisfying way to work.
If you have been, thanks for reading! And do write and comment about your own experiences as a serial quilter..... Elizabeth