Friday, February 12, 2016

Logs and Luke

Luke Haynes quilt
Luke Haynes, quilt detail


Last week I took a "Log Condo" workshop with Luke Haynes through Westside Quilters.  The subject was log cabins with a new flair.  I have loved working log cabin blocks, creating a number of them over the years.  Luke suggested changing the sizes of strips in each colorway, creating a contemporary twist to the look.  The possibilities are seemingly endless.






in process quilting
Strip sizes:  Centers 2", black 1 1/2", apricot 3"

I appreciated the systems he shared with us, as in not pressing between each strip addition.  Saves a lot of time (certainly helpful with the impressive number of quilts he makes).  It was an inspiring day ... not yet sure about the next step for this quilt (I have other projects I am itching to get back to). 

in process quilting


Photo by Sally Wright/Westside Quilters

Photo by Sally Wright/Westside Quilters

Admittedly I took the workshop, the first in some time, more to experience Luke's teaching.  I found him very down to earth and personable.  He is enthusiastically engaged in his work and teaching.  The following day we learned more about Luke's background and process during his talk at the WQ meeting.  I have liked his work, and now appreciate it even more.


Luke Haynes quilt
Luke Haynes quilt

About Luke.. a contemporary artist, designer and prolific quilter, his thoughtful work is graphic and striking.  Luke is known for using traditional quilting blocks as the background in his images.  Not limited to cotton, the backgrounds are often made with a variety of used materials he purchases by the pound.  These mixed fabrics add textural interest, don't you think?

Luke Haynes quilt
Detail


Luke Haynes quilt
Detail-  look at the fabrics!

Luke's current massive project consists of 50 90" x 90" black/white/red log cabin quilts, all unique.  The exhibit "Log Cabins of Donald Judd" opens at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles on February 18, 2016 through February 28th.  This is a show of textiles taking themes from the Donald Judd installation at the Chinati foundation in the 1980's.  Looking forward to seeing this exhibit!  


Luke Haynes quilt
Luke Haynes quilt


And in closing..... sharing two of my early log cabins-

Linda A Miller quilt
Detail



Linda A Miller quilt


Thanks to Luke and Westside Quilters for a fabulous few days!

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.











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