May 29, 2018

New Work in Progress - Heat Lightning

Heat Lightning, by Sue Reno, WIP Image 1
 I started a new quilt late last fall, using some of the wet cyanotype prints I'd made over the summer. Some of the prints were featured in previous blogs, see here and here.
Heat Lightning, by Sue Reno, WIP Image 2

Heat Lightning, by Sue Reno, WIP Image 3
 Others were made specifically for an article on wet cyan I did for the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine:
Heat Lightning, by Sue Reno, WIP Image 4
 I need to take a moment here to lament the demise of this magazine...the editors and publisher were very, very good to me, publishing my work multiple times. They were absolutely wonderful to work with and I was and remain very appreciative. But this is a loss to the greater quilting and creative community as a whole; it was a very good quality magazine. I understand the market forces behind the closure, but I am still saddened.
Heat Lightning, by Sue Reno, WIP Image 5
So. I began as I often do, layering up these prints with batting and a thin muslin backing, and doing the first round of quilting on them while they are small and manageable.

I chose the name, Heat Lightning, because so many of them look electrified. The backgrounds on them remind me of the phenomenon I always understood to arise from heat and humidity in summer months. I've now learned that it's not real. Science to the rescue:

I'm always so happy to learn something new! Still sticking with the name, though.

More to follow.

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