Friday, October 21, 2005

Going Larger

Dscn0934  Dscn0935 Dscn0937 This is a wip going larger from the prototype that started as a postcard which can be seen a few entries down.  It will measure about 48"x36" when finished. I have the batting pinned to a wall in the hallway. The fabric I'm working with is thrown over the couch which is to the left of the wall, my cutting board is on top of my ironing board to the the right and my machine sits on the kitchen table on the far wall behind the couch.  Below is an enlarged piece that measures 17"x15" and a close up of the couched on silk sari threads.  In addition to a thin cotton batting I also use a stiff stablizer that is used to make lampshades.  I couched heavily before putting on the backing and then couched some more to provide the quilting stiches.







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Dscn0920_3 This piece above almost was trashed.  I started it back in the spring to celebrate me going through with being in the staged production of V@g!n@ Monologues at UofK.  At the rehearsals we started out by being asked the question "how does your V. feel today?" which we sometimes had to draw out or just speak to.  This shape showed up a lot over time and I found myself asking this question of me after it was over.  I didn't like it, the colours or the shape too much of the motif, and hid it away...pulled it back out in the summer and I still didn't like it.  Last month, I forced myself to go with it just to practice fmq and as it turned out, I love it and it captures the feeling I had when VM had ended. The only thing I've added is a fushia binding and I'm still thinking about beading it. It will be donated to the state's domestic violence agency to hang in their building or to be used as a door prize for the state's conference on dv and sexual assault coming up in early Dec. 



7 comments:

  1. I like the idea of beading on the VM quilt.
    Your choice of donating it makes the whole project come full circle, don't you think?

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  2. I like the bottom quilt, the one you almost gave up on. Especially after seeing the detail shot of the quilting.

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  3. I like the vm piece. Sometimes it is good to just let something go for awhile and then see it with new eyes. It is good to see you producing some great work!!

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  4. I like the piece with all the couching. And I want to know how your V felt that day - looks as if it might have been celebrating something!

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  5. I like both pieces, but those couched threads just grab me. I am a nut for texture, and texture with lots of color just gives me joy. Jen

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  6. Both of these pieces are super. Love them. Did you use a special stitch on your machine for those fuschia swirly lines on the v piece? They look great.

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  7. OMG! These are so very beautiful! Love the VM piece, all the creative colors bursting out of that prisitne white.

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