Sunday, October 14, 2012
It is hard to tell from this photo, but the quilting is done with a programmed stitch - a few straight stitches, then a few zig zag stitches, then repeat this sequence. This made the quilting MUCH more interesting.
The other bit about the quilting is that the initial quilting lines were done with a metallic sparkling thread. But after a while the metallic thread kept shredding and breaking and causing ALL sorts of problems (and some bad words).
But of course by this time - I was committed to the sparkly thread. But WAY too frustrated to continue fighting with it. Luckily I had a variegated thread that had the same colors - and did not shred! So I used it. Will someone notice..... maybe...... but who cares!
Since my goal was to add interest to the plain background fabric, I decided to use a more flamboyant pattern of quilting - especially around the globes above Luna's head. I think it makes it look like the globes are sort of vibrating with energy. I am very pleased with that.
And I added some deep purple fiber across the globes and many beads around the edges. And gorgeous beads in the center of each globe.
This is a detail of the lips and the earrings.
Sooooo - a big project - lots of challenges - but fun. This was initially meant to be a sample for a class that I am teaching - but the store owner selected the Alyssa quilt because this one got a little too complex with embellishments. We don't want to frighten folks away from what is sure to be a fun and easy class to entice people into trying art quilting. I wonder what I will work on next???? barbara
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
I love working with purple fabric so I had a lot of scraps and really liked the face but finding a background fabric to put the face on - well that was a challenge. I tried it on every color you can imagine. One of the challenges is that the face is basically dark and I didn't have any good light purples. I did try yellows and greens and pinks and even black. None of them worked at all. And I didn't feel like making a 90 mile round trip to try to locate the perfect fabric.
So I ended up using plain lavender. I NEVER use plain fabric and only owned this one because I made a color wheel once and bought it for that project. Well the color worked OK but it was sooooo plain and boring looking. So I started to think about adding additional design elements to fill up the space and make it more interesting.
The photo above is of the paper pattern that I cut to try out my idea.
And this is how it looks when the design is translated into fabric. I used the same scrappy technique for the element below the face and single pieces of fabric for the circles above the face.
I think that she is beginning to look like some sort of Space Warrior..... with planetary elements above her...... or something.
But I am still not happy with the PLAIN background. Sheesh! How do I work myself into these corners? Next step is to quilt - maybe I can use an interesting stitch design and thread to add some oomph to the piece.
Check back later to see what happens!