Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I'm not sure if this meets all the requirements of this challenge but it was the best I could come up with in the time frame. I started another piece with more intent but it did not meet my expectations so I have abandon it for now and will go with this one which I finished after reading the challenge.
I began this piece while I was at the Focus on Fiber retreat in Florida last month. On the last day the dye studio was already dismantled and my friend who had brought a spare sewing machine for me had departed, so I was left without anything to work on. I combed the "free to a good home" scrap pile in the corner and started laying out scraps on a piece of batting. I hand basted them then rolled it up and brought it home. My husband had hip surgery earlier this month and my studio time was severely limited. I have two commission pieces underway but they are more complex. Stitching this piece down by machine was relaxing and let me just lose myself in the free motion.
Everything here is raw edge applique. I did not fuse any of the fabrics. I think the background, which is made up of overlapped strips in the size and shape I found them in, looks like rolling countryside. The rest is pretty abstract: Is the black & white a lake? Are those tall shape trees, buildings or rocks? The stitching is all free-motion,
Instead of traditional binding I used a "Bird Ross" finish which is something I have used on reversible garments. Basically I cut 1.5" squares with a rotary cutter with a pinking blade, folded each in half over the quilt edge, pinned it in place, then overlapped another square. I free-motioned over all of it. A traditional quilter called them prairie points but I believe that is a piecing technique. Anyway I thought it fit the raw edge background better than traditional binding.
I may still make another piece for this challenge with more intent. Right not I feel a bit pressured to finish and deliver the commissioned work.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.