WESTSIDE QUILTERS GUILD is a vibrant addition to the arts community of Washington County, Oregon. WQG is a public charity, originator of the Quilt Barn Trail of Oregon's Washington County, and member of Oregon Cultural Trust. Our membership has grown well past 150 quilters, ranging from beginner to professional, traditional to modern. Visitors are welcome to join us for our third Monday meetings at 6:30 p.m.
In February of 2016 the speaker at our monthly guild meeting was Colleen
Wise, from Puyallup, Washington. What a program! Colleen was humorous,
thought-provoking, and engaging. At our break, members enjoyed getting a
closer look at the quilts draped for display.
"Quilting is two-dimensional medium, but I like to play with the
illusion of three. My quilts have a sense of depth that goes beyond
the surface. Elements seem to float above the surface or recede into
the depths of the quilt. My goal is to encourage the viewer to look
into the quilt, rather than just at it.
I'm inspired by walking through old cemeteries and studying the
architecture of the headstones and the play of light on the granite. I
tend to pull leaves off trees. I'm fascinated by the stars and
planets, and I never miss an opportunity to look through a telescope. I
love geometry but not necessarily symmetry. These themes and more end
up in my work.
I create illusion by casting shadows, and by doing so: I create light."
Colleen is the author of Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2005).
In this book, Colleen shares her techniques for creating