Layered Progress

Since this month’s master class theme was layers I’d best move fast to get Elizabeth’s comments on my blocked out piece published before the end of May. Below is what I sent in and the comments I received.

2 images of my blocked layer piece. The only difference is the background material. One is a blue/gray solid; the other is a pale blue/green mottled batik.  I placed my piece on clear plastic so I could try different backgrounds.

The organza painted up in more pastel colors than I normally work with, but I think the lightness works with the sheer effect. I’ve added pieces to the ones shown in my sketch, so the whole thing has become more ruffley. That may be the influence of all the tree peony blossoms I saw last week.

I rotated the piece so it looks like an opening flower. It can also work flipped 180 degrees to look like hanging fruit.

JMM May 2016 layers blocked 1

JMM May 2016 layers blocked 2
It looks really beautiful…you show the idea of layers and all the wonderful effects you can achieve with them so well… and I like the idea of the opening flower…
now as to the background…I think you get more of a glow with a lighter color..but you don’t need the  mottling…how about a very pale yellow?  solid…but very very light….see how the grey background in the lower picture is dulling some of the colors?  But the upper one has the distracting mottling?
Remember the background fabric will show through.  It would also be interesting  to try white.
and what an excellent idea to have the composition on clear plastic so you can try different background – I must remember that!!!  apart from getting the right background, I think everything else is perfect…and just what I hoped somebody would do!!!
There is one thing though…the organza will probably look best if it’s handstitched down along the edges with a tiny little hem-type stitch in one strand of something  very fine…so you can hold onto this illusion of lightness…… if you use fusing be awfully careful that no glue shows through….
I’d do a  few samples just to see what looks best.

I’m now sewing down the organza pieces with a machine button hole stitch, changing out the thread color to match. My composition has changed, as intimated in the following dialogue:

Husband: I opened the window in your sewing room Me: Oh, no! my organza isn’t attached. Husband: I thought the plastic was on top. Me: No, it wasn’t.



Filed under Art quilts, In Process

11 responses to “Layered Progress

  1. Looks like it will be a gorgeous piece! I do hope your husband survived the window incident without too much damage :p

  2. Ann Scott

    I’ll repeat what has been said – It is beautiful (sorry to hear about the window incident!). I agree with you regarding the white background and think your light yellow sounds like a good choice. We may have talked about this before but I would be curious to know what using spray stabilizer would do for the organza; making it so that the pieces could be sewn down with a single straight stitch and without fraying. I think I’m going to have try it sometime! Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

    • I found that if you paint silk organza without washing it first enough stiffness remains to stand up to stitching. On this piece I’ve used a machine buttonhole stitch and haven’t noticed much, if any, fraying. Synthetic organza is another story as it wiggles all over the place. Spray stabilizer might be the answer there. My issue with any machine stitching is that the thread color shows when I cover a darker piece of fabric with a lighter one and I’ve matched the thread to the lighter color. I thought of using invisible thread, but decided against it because of the shine. I may regret that decision. I’ll have to see how noticeable the thread is after I quilt the piece.

      • Ann Scott

        Yes, I remember now – you spoke of silk vs synthetic. This is going to be a learning experience all around, thank you!

  3. Judy

    Sheer gorgeous– forgive the pun. I agree with your instructor about the background. A really recessive yellow would highlight but not distract. So pretty i want to keep in looking at it…

  4. I said, “Oh NO!” out loud when I read your husband’s statement! I do love the direction this is going–so ephemeral and lovely

  5. Oh… sorry about the window. Fortunately you had the photos so hopefully could recreate it, for the most part. This is lovely. I do like the mottled better than the grey but will look forward to seeing what you chose. Thanks for sharing this class with us.

    • I think “for the most part” sums up what I’ve recreated. I still like this first one better, but I realize there are a large number of possible variations which could all be good. The ground is now a soft light (not lemon) yellow.

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