Sunday, June 1, 2008
Water, Water, Water. My mind always goes to vast expanses of water. I never linger on a simple glass of water, a sink full, or even a stream flowing from the garden hose. Maybe those all fall too close to the everyday tasks of caring for kids and home. Maybe its because I grew up with a view of the Puget Sound and spent many vacation on the Washington coast. Maybe its because my first married home was sailboat. Maybe its because I dream of leisurely days walking on the beach and gazing at the ocean, waves crashing on the beach.
I love the ocean. It is so alive with winter storms and glistening sunshine. The perfect place for quiet reflection and adventurous exploration. Its vastness quickly brings perspective to life's troubles. Okay, you can easily tell I hold a romantic notion of the ocean. I haven't experienced its potential for devastation. But that is part of the dream, of holding onto an idea that brings peace in times of stress. In my mind's eye the ocean will always represent Hope.
I created this quilt by first grabbing white muslin and paints. I have yet to experiment with hand dying, but acrylic paints are an easy was to cheat. I painted the fabric with a combination of every blue I have, with a few greens mixed in. For the darker colors I used the paints full strength. For the lighter colors I added more water. I then bunched up the fabrics and set them outside to dry. All the creases and folds add to the texture as the paints dry. The pigments travel to the top of the pile as the water evaporates.
When the fabric were dry and ironed I attacked them with free motion quilting. I used three shades of metallic blue thread to add the sparkle. I pieced the quilt by overlapping the quilted fabrics and cutting with the rotary cutter. I then attached them with a wide zigzag and silver thread. This was the first time I have worked with curved pieces. They came together rather easy.
I auditioned various embellishments on this piece. They were too cute or distracting. In the end I left the quilt simple -- a truer reflection of the picture in my minds eye.
Posted by Nikki at 7:19 AM