When I make a quilt for The Endeavourers I usually start by looking up the dictionary definition of our theme. It kickstarts the thought processes and it's interesting sometimes comparing the entries in different dictionaries.
In this case, some dictionaries focussed on what you might think of as the obvious definition which describes texture as the tactile characteristics of something, which are experienced through touch. Others added the idea that texture can be experienced visually too. And others added another idea - that texture is the quality you get when you combine different elements, for example in literature or music, or even in life - you could say the way in which the elements, or strands, are 'woven together', which is a nice fabric metaphor!
Anyway, I started off by thinking about the tactile qualities of different fabrics and how the texture would work in a piece inspired by the visual texture of bubbles and drips in condensation on my window. I find these patterns very beautiful and had been thinking for a while about how I could experiment with trying to capture some of their quality.
I sewed this strange piece using velvet and cotton, and then added more texture with bubble quilting. It looks quite organic and didn't seem to want to be square.
I made the larger white bubbles using a trapunto technique and the black ones using velvet behind 'portholes'. The contrast in all the textures means that running your fingertips over it is strangely satisfying!
Having made this piece quite early I was still having so much fun thinking about the theme and was so interested in its possibilities that I made lots of experimental pieces which have started to form another quilt. I was starting to hope that I might have been able to post it here instead but a disaster in quilting means the entire thing is waiting until I can face unpicking it. I will finish it! As always I am grateful for the opportunity this group gives to really think and explore.