avantgarde fabrics...

you already know i'm a huge fan of katarina roccella's fabrics and her newest collection, avantgarde from art gallery fabrics is no exception!  i was delighted when she asked me to join her blog tour.

when she first announced this colorful and bold collection, katarina referenced several well known artists, including one of my personal favorites, sonia delaunay.  her use of bold colors and geometric prints can be seen not only in her paintings, but on fabrics, and even theatrical designs.  after reading more about her and her work, i immediately began to think about how it could translate into quilting.  

in 1911, sonia made a quilt for her newborn son.  it's 43x42 and is comprised of fabric scraps.  she said, "...i had the idea of making my for my son, who had just been born, a blanket composed of bits of fabric like those i had seen in the houses of ukrainian peasants."  some have said she's the original art quilter.

after looking at katarina's beautiful new fabrics for some time (admit it, we all do it!), i started to play around with the geometric dies for my sizzix machine.  slowly but surely, i began to piece together a mini featuring elongated hexagons.  but that wasn't enough!  

i remembered falling in love with one of sonia's 1920's fashion prints and knew i had to recreate it with katarina's fabrics.  i had so much fun exploring the prints i wanted to use and how, in reality, not only are sonia's paintings about the clothes, they transform the body into a completely different shape.  she's quite fabulous and very inspirational.  her work can easily be translated into modern quilting and i love that katarina included sonia's image on her "simultaneous" print.

be sure to check out these other talented bloggers to see how they transformed the fabrics!  

what would you create?

January 15th: Megan Jimenez from Quilt Story
January 16th: Svetlana Sotak of Sotak handmade
January 17th: Sharon Mcconnell of Colorgirlquilts
January 18th: Rachael Gander of Imagine gnats
January 19th: Ali Brorsen of Because of Brenna
January 20th: Laura Scaramella of Simple Life Company
January 21st: Alexis of My sweet sunshine
January 22nd: Marija Vujčić
January 23rd: Hema Malini of Malini’s quilts
January 24th: Kristy Sachs - Rockbabyscissors
January 25th: Paul Hallinger aka Evildemondevildog 
January 26th: Erica Jackman
January 27th: Kathleen Quilts
January 28th: The Tattooed Quilter
January 29th: Nicole - Lillyella
January 30th: Sari - Sariditty handmade
January 31st: Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s quilts

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter