This art quilt was created as part of the Quilt Show’s International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE) program. The purpose of the International Miniature Quilt Exchange is to promote quilting across borders and cultures. We were paired up with an international quilter. The exchange allows team members to communicate and connect with each other.
I was actually part of two teams. One of my international team members was Maxine from Australia. We got to know each other through emails and decided on our theme and quilt size. Our team goal was to create a piece measuring 18” x 18” depicting a bird, but we could not share anything else about our piece; it was a secret until the judging was complete. I chose to do Rainbow Lorikeets that I saw on my trip to Australia. I used my Pigment Patchwork technique, combining fabric, pigments and stitching to create my art quilt. Although our team did not get chosen to be part of a traveling exhibit, I loved getting to know Maxine and sharing a piece of fiber art in exchange with one of hers. I now have a friend in Australia with common interests as mine! Maxine decided she wanted to keep the quilt she made so the planned exchange was never made.
Construction: cotton fabrics; polyester batting; pigments; cotton/polyester threads.