A little about The Endangered Species Quilt Project:
Michael Miller Fabrics and Rob Appell have teamed up for the Endangered Species Quilt Project. Rob designed each quilt using Fairy Frost Fabric from the Michael Miller Collection. Three dollars from the sale of every pattern goes to help support these animals and the people who care for them. To date they have raised 7150.00!! Great Job Rob :)
Photos I took while in Houston 2009 and 2010:
Green Sea Turtle (taken 2010)
Bengal Tiger (taken 2009)
Giant Panda (taken 2009)
Blue Iguana (taken 2010)
Red Wolf (taken2009)
This is where the "story" begins:
While chatting with Rob in 2009 I could not help but see the connection he had with the animals he was using in his quilts. How could someone bring these animals to life and portray their energy using only fabric and thread? Energetically I could see he had a connection and I was just taken back by his gift to translate those images with thread and fabric.
Rob shared that had been working in his Mother's Quilt Store, The Cotton Ball in Moro Bay, California. He has made some Machine Embroidery Designs and has drawn his inspiration from Tattoos. Well, of course I thought that was cool, new and interesting. Being comfortable using materials that are traditionally thought of as being for "older women" was also interesting. Perhaps the energy I was seeing/feeling in Rob was congruent with how I saw the animals...sort of wild, a bit carefree, easy to move about, comfortable being in his own skin, and adventurous.
Look at this close up I took of the Red Wolf- See the eyes?
Now, look below at Rob's eyes....
The energy is there....a bit wild, carefree, adventurous, and comfortable.
Look at the difference a year makes!
I see more confidence and that same fierce creative spirit don't you?here on his website and here on his blog.
Rob teaches and lectures too. You gotta check out Rob's Twizzleman Project. I absolutely love these quilts. These are the "Mad Scientist" Quilts that experiment with color and shape. Dang Cool Dude!
Making Waves....Adventures of a Surf Quilter!!! Impressive....just like I said earlier :)
Thank you Rob Appell for sharing your valuable time with me and sharing a bit of your story....I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish you all the success you wish for yourself.