Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sometimes I just have to leave it alone

for awhile and come back to it when I can see something new.  A lot went into this quilt...dyeing, breakdown screen printing, stamping, building up colour with watercolour crayons, going back over with medium, then quilting.  My first challenge after all of that was not having a table large enough to square it up...I did my best with what I had and then zig-zagged the edges for a finish...this is where it went wrong. 

Wanting not to be defeated by my own creation...I comtemplated cutting it down in size and sacrificing the flowers on the end...but my inner 2 year old kept whining and asking why?  I left it alone for months and last Sunday while gallery sitting I used Don's large table to recut the edges.  This week's time in the studio has been dedicated to sewing a binding on it. 

While looking for a fabric long enough to cover the 160 inches of edge, I begin to rummage and everything I liked I didn't have enough fabric...didn't want to dye or paint any, so it hit me to piece together the binding from all the fabrics I had selected...I've never tried this before but it is really working for this quilt...


9 comments:

  1. The binding looks great with this quilt. It really seems to set the colors of the piece off. I love that little lady bug.

    By the way; how much of that grean fabric do you have left? I am really digging that green...and Yes, I'm being covetous. :)

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    1. Girl, don't covet, you prolly have yards in your own stash that you've forgotten about. I only had a fat quarter anyways.

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  2. Hey, I piece bindings all the time. It is a favorite method for times like these. Bindings do make the piece look as good as all the work that you put into it.

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    1. i will be looking to do more of it!

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  3. Stepping back always allows me to see something I didnt before. Sometimes it works against me and I come back and discard everything I wrote. other times, I get catapulted! Nice move here, listening to your inner child! This worked out beautifully!

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    1. I didn't know you were writing and collaging either! great to know!

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  4. This is a beautiful quilt. I love the colors and texture. Hello ladybug! Hello! This quilt makes me smile.

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    1. Thanks Donna...I was going through a happy phase :)

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  5. Love your quilt and binding. Beautiful.

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