My Problem Project

A project I began at my Empty Spools workshop on translucent fabric is giving me fits. Once I finally settled on the arrangement of many circles of painted silk organza and got them all fused down, I decided it needed something more. What that something was was unclear. I just knew it needed more subtlety, a quality not often present in my work.

Bubbles fusedAs a temporizing measure I chose and cut out a backing fabric, cut out my batting, and decided to stiffen the piece with a crinoline layer. I machine quilted the edges of the organza pieces and added a few extra circle outlines. That done, I had to face the music. What now?

Maybe another organza layer? I painted a fat quarter of white silk organza with stripes of blue and green, which blended together nicely. I started draping the painted fabric over the piece. Maybe I could partially cover it with another organza layer, following the rays. Nothing too stripey, though. Here’s the pink and aqua layers pinned to the quilted top. It still needs some tweaking.

Overlayers pinnedI liked the uneven edge of paint and wanted that to show, but how to finish the edges? Maybe just fray the edges? A trial showed silk organza will fray nicely.

Painted edgeSo my plan right now is to to hand sew the top organza layer on with silk and metallic thread, following the rays. As for finishing the piece, I’m thinking I’ll do an envelope finish, the infamous “false back” that instantly disqualifies a quilt from many shows. But then I don’t see entering this piece in any show with such rules.


Filed under Art quilts, In Process

11 responses to “My Problem Project

  1. I like this method and the solution you came up with by adding the stripes. You are giving me ideas about making quilted window sheers this way. arghhhh!!!! Megan, I have enough projects in my brain.

    • Please edit this to say Joanna… sorry. I’m a dolt. brain dead.. not much room left in there after reading your blog today.. really… sorry… (returning to lurking now.)

      • Pojagi is a wondeful to sew sheer fabrics together to make curtains. Just google images oxf pojagi to see some examples. The organza project is helping me to be more comfortable with raw edges. This piece won’t be washed, so finished seams aren’t necessary. As to what you call me, just don’t call me late for dinner. Please don’t retreat to lurking over that.

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing this when you are finished!

  3. How will you know when it’s finished? Will it just sort of speak to you, and you’ll know to stop?

    • Yup, that’s about it. I’m sure if I broke down my thought process I’d be able to articulate why I decided to stop, but it’s a gut feeling of, that’s it. Of course, there’s always project fatigue that can take over.

  4. You could finish the edge by zigzagging satin cord to them.

  5. Judy

    Hand sewing again, eh?

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