For well over a year I’ve been working on and off on two small wall hangings. I took very different design approaches by happenstance, yet both represent the current stage of my quilted work. They also reflect my obsession with circles.
Mosaic was planned to a fare-thee-well. I found a photo of a mosaic composition that appealed, revised it for quilting, drew up a full size pattern for it, and used Gloria Loughman’s techniques to make it. I’ve blogged about my process before so I won’t repeat the details here.
I changed the color scheme and spent a lot of time appliqueing the fabric shapes on each section before I sewed the large pieces together. Then the piece hung over a bannister for months before I forced myself to quilt it. If only I had been able to replicate the quilting designs in my mind – sigh. I had hoped to give the notion of the jagged mosaic pieces. If you question the quilting you can see, you should have seen what I ripped out and redid.
Pong, the other piece that’s been hanging fire, has been in a state of becoming for at least a year and a half. It started as bits of fabric sewn together willy-nilly. Then, I decided to practice some big stitch embroidery with perle cotton. After that, I thought it needed to be bigger so I added hand dyed fabric. When I came across leftover bits of transparent fabric backed with Mistyfuse I decided to layer that over what I had already done. Finally, I found fabric backed with Wonder Under – more leftovers – and added spirals. All that was topped off with more embroidery. At that point I declared the piece finished for real. It was becoming very heavy.
This piece is named for the prehistoric video arcade game. I thought those circles seemed to be bouncing back and forth between the sides.
Taken together, these two pieces represent my attempt to integrate several techniques in a quilt without making the techniques the quilt’s focus. They also mark my willingness to persevere with free motion quilting on a “good” piece. I don’t know why I always do so much better on my sample pieces.
And this wraps up my finishes for 2013. One other quilt is almost done, but since only the boring part, the binding, is left, I decided to treat myself to fabric play time for the last day of the year.