June 17, 2015
Work in Progress – In Dreams I Learned to Swim, update 4
After putting together the quilt top, I had some fun making the backing. I buy white cotton sateen by the bolt, as I like heft and the feel of it.
I seamed a big piece of it, then laid it down on a tarp outside. I flung paint around in a whirlpool design, then hit it with the hose.
As it dried in the sun, the paint migrated and blended in marvelous patterns. It’s a small indulgence, as the back will not generally been seen in an art quilt, but it made me happy while I was layering, basting, and quilting it. It’s a huge quilt, so there was a lot of quilting and it took a considerable amount of time. I break it down into sections and and work from the inside out to the borders, doing it all on a home sewing machine (as opposed to a larger, longarm machine). I enjoy the process and find it transformative.
Up next – the big reveal!