|"Pipe Dreams," Finishes 12" x 17"|
|Step A: Abstraction|
Then I sacrificed two of my hand dyed fabrics to fill in each of the gridded sections. The background grid utilized a teal shibori where I alternated the directionality of the shibori stripes creating a fun woven effect. As the 11"x17" photograph was too large to fit onto my lightbox, I improvised and used the front window as my lightbox. Of course this worked out fabulously, as long as there was still daylight.
|On and Off-Shift for My Make-Shirt Light Box|
Once all the background grid pieces were fused into place, I chose another piece of hand dyed fabric that had contrasting textures and colors. I was able to do some fussy cutting in order to replicate the textures and light/dark values contained within the photograph.
|Piped In Color|
|Quilted Grid & Quilt Back|
A year later, I pulled it back out, determined to carry it to completion. I covered the entire piece with a black tulle netting. I carefully pin basted the tulle into place, taking great care not to puncture any of the fused tiles. I then used a matching black Aurifil 50 weight thread to outline stitch all the fused tiles, effectively encasing each section with tulle netting. The quilting took less than an hour and preserved the smooth tile effect. The quilt label and faced edge took another hour or so to complete, and I was left with a finished Pipe Dreams!!
In Katie's final critique, she noted "lesson 8 very exciting the way that you have taken an ordinary form of the pipe and made it so exciting by the colors chosen and the tiling of the shapes that make up both the foreground and the background." She also said that my fabric choices gave the piece a "fantasy feeling."
So the next time you are looking for quilting inspiration, grab your camera and explore...
|...Because Quilting Inspiration Is All Around!!|