She turned some of her paintings into quilts. Her favourite spot for landscape painting was Bridgewater. Below, Cynthia and Joan pose a sample of one of her 'Bridgewater Quilts'.
Later, Joan became fascinated with colourwash, creating pictures from 2 inch squares. She made so many of these quilts, she ruined her hands from cutting out all those little pieces.
Joan continues to learn new techniques in fibre art and never stops taking workshops. She has experimented with pieced applique, crazy quilts, applique using tulle, to name a few. (To see a few more photos of Joan's work, I've posted the rest of the photos on flickr.) She recommends that all quilters take basic art courses in colour and design.
Joan is planning on attending Quilt Canada 2008 in St. John's, Newfoundland where she will be offering a workshop there. She is currently working on a book entitled The Quilted Landscape and is in the process of finding a publisher. The woman never stops! What an inspiration!
The London Freindship Quilters Guild would like to thank Joan Reive for sharing her life stories, showing us her amazing quilts, and inspiring us to think beyond the nine-patch!
Don't forget quilters, that this blog will be hosting an on-line show and tell, called My First Quilt (see previous post below). Please email me photos and stories of your First Quilt and I will post them on the blog throughout the summer.
Also if you have any quilting problems or questions that need answering, just ask Sun Bonnet Sue and she will post the Q & A on the blog.