September 11, 2015
Work in Progress – Raccoon and Apple, Update 4
I finally worked the overall design to a place I was happy with The addition of the bright magenta silk strips really added unity and dynamics, and I was able to finish out piecing and fitting together the quilt top. Next I painted the back. This part is just for my own amusement, as the back is not generally viewed in an art quilt, but it makes me happy while I am doing the quilting if the back is cheerful.
I spread my backing white backing fabric on a tarp in the driveway and dribbled and swirled textile paint on it.
Next, I hit it with a fine mist from the hose, to let the colors blend. As it dried in the sun, the colors wicked and blended more, and gave me this kind of beauty.
Finally, another round of quilting on the image panels, and lots of grid-style quilting on the rest of the top.I do my quilting on a domestic machine (i.e. a regular machine, not a mid arm or long arm built specifically for quilting), so it’s very labor intensive and I spend a lot of time up close and personal with the work. I am meticulous about my craftsmanship, but also allow my stitching enough variability that you can see the hand of the maker in my work.
Next – the big reveal!