Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Ziggurat of Zigzags

Ziggurat: A rectangular tiered building/temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians.

I had a lot of fun using my "artistic license" making up groups of objects, like a rounder of rings; a cyclone of circles; a triad of triangles etc.  Can you tell I'm into 'shapes'?

The ziggurat is all velvets and brocades, and the shrine on the top is the Palomar Observatory dome.  The sky is a sparkle satin with overlays of jeweled organzas.  The mountains are hand dyed silk and the grass is taffeta.  I built the tree trunk on timtex, painted with puff paints, then expanded with a heat gun.  The leaves/branches are a netted lace fabric.
I tried some new to me quilting designs...they took forever! LOL
It measures 29"x31"

This was a really fun challenge Ann, thanks for the 'nudge' out of the box.

Comments and suggestions appreciated


Louise said...

A great piece with an abundance of nods to the challenge. The night sky is very realistic. I appreciate the use of the various materials and they all seem to play together well. Very creative!

Ann In Fallbrook, CA said...

I love your quilt Cherie! Your willingness to step outside your comfort zone is quite evident. Putting the Palomar Observatory atop the Ziggurat is perfect and I appreciate your use of novelty fabrics for sparkle and depth. Using new quilting designs can be a big step forward as well because we can so easily fall into a rut using the same old patterns over and over.Good job!

Lisa Broberg Quintana said...

Boy, this is one I'd love to see up close as the details you describe seem fantastic! The sky is really wonderful, as is the Palomar dome!