We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Prevailing Winds

It seems that the wind blows 24 hours a day here in the Sonoran Desert.   This time of year, stepping out of your air conditioned home feels like stepping from the refrigerator directly into a blast furnace!  The wind in the desert carries everything from dust to bits of garbage.  When the monsoon season starts on June 15, the wind from the west will bring humidity and (hopefully) rain.  Since the beginning of this year, we have had just 1/3 of an inch of rain here in Phoenix.  When and if the rains come this summer, they will provide nearly all of our moisture for the year and bring fantastic thunder and lightning storms as well as the dreaded "haboobs" or dust storms.    This piece, "Prevailing Winds", is a commemoration of the ever constant wind blowing around me bringing inspiration and hope for the future. 

I created the quilt with commercial batiks and hand-dyed fabrics and fibers using a technique called "quilt-lique", developed and coined by a friend of mine, Betty Hahn.  Quilt-lique is an easy way to construct the quilt using freezer paper and temporary fabric glue.  It is a fun and creative process.  The quilt is machine quilted incorporating some hand stitching.

Frances Murphy


  1. I just love the colours! Your piece has such movement - I can almost feel the wind. I am very interested in your new technique. Has Betty written it up as a tutorial on u tube?

  2. Look great - the use of this technique is great - and just what I think I'd like to have a go at...
    Well done Frances - may your next quilt should be a 'raindance' piece!

  3. Yes, it really feels like the wind is blowing through this piece. And the colours are gorgeous. I can sympathise about the wind; down here we can get the famous Mistral which blows for days and is said to drive people mad- literally! I'd like to know more about the technique you used.