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To Fuse Or Sew? That Is The Question

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This is recent experimentation with fusing my signature wandering fabric strips to black background. (sample size shown c. 6″)

While in the US recently I bought a brand of fusing /bonding material I hadn’t used before, partly because the veisoflex I’d been using didn’t seem to be anywhere around where I was.  So I bought some Steam a Seam 2., its different, and I really like it.  I haven’t done a lot of fusing in the past, but I did think it might be a way to go with the new smaller works I am doing.  These smaller works I posted previously have been sewn, then fused to a backing before being  sewn down onto the base fabric.  One thing I thought was that strips of fabric fused down might be quicker than sewing inserted strips.  Wrong –  really, small strip by small strip it is a bit fiddly, or, if you back a piece of each fabric you’re going to use, even jsut 2″ x 10″, and cut pieces from that, then you have bits left which you need to keep using to get the best value from your materials, right?  And I am pretty nifty with the sewn strips.   So that’s one thing I have to work out.

Below is a pic of strips pieced, ie sewn, into background fabric (a section of  pre-quilted “Ebb&Flow 15″   as it happens) 

 

And this third pic is a side-by side comparison –  sewn on the left, with fused on the right.   The fused piece is a very flat looking surface by comparison.  In a bed quilt there would be too much movement of the quilt for it to be a viable technique, it wouldn’t last.  On the wall though, it would, and for some kind of background it could be just the thing;  though, as I say, hardly ‘quicker.’  This afternoon I have fused sheer to plain as a substitute for stencilling some sand ripples – light ridges vs dark hollows – its very promising indeed and I have been doing some hand stitch over the top of that, and as quilters would say, ‘ the hand’ is fine. I had thought there might be a stickiness or resistance on the needle, but no.  Pics of all that when it’s a bit further along.

Small Works

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

These are some mini landscapes composed in freehand patchwork, a large group of which I did several years ago for an exhibition.  They were framed in fabric, hand quilted in a minimalist way (by this time between 6″ and 9″ dimensions)  then mounted on woven recycled newspaper mounts, which seemed like a good idea at the time.

A year or two back I removed those that hadn’t sold from their newspaper mounts and brought them back to Uruguay with me.  Well I tidied my workroom a couple of weeks ago, and in that process found them, and have since mislaid them again.  ‘The painters have been in…’   is my current excuse .  But wherever they are lurking, they have been somewhere in the forefront of my mind since a recent conversation about new work in general with Miguel at Galeria Los Caracoles; and so I am doing some new small pieces to be mounted in some way. I have ideas on that of course that do not involve newspaper in any form, and will try a couple out.  These small compositions are merely 5″-6″ across.  The first one I made I cropped out of the photo because by comparison it looked really crappy.  So now what you see as the left hand one is just ‘OK”,  and then the right hand one, the 3rd I made,  I feel is getting nearer the mark of where I want to be with this work:

Obviously, they are ‘tops’ only –  and so therefore WIPs, but for today I am content to continue on with these mini compositions and see what  develops further… getting my eye in you might say.   Black’s dramatic, ecru will be lovely and quite different, plus I have several lovely colours of some hand dyed fabrics that will be interesting borders, too.  However I present them finally, I will not be weaving mats of recycled newspaper on which to mount them !

One interesting thingI find is that whenever I re-visit older work, something new and a bit different emerges, and it is often surprising.

Update – Ebb & Flow 14

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The latest , very new quilt in the Ebb & Flow series, #14,  I made specifically for a spot beside the dining table in our own home here in Montevideo.  For several years ‘Desert Wind’  (1995)  had been grabbing  visitors’ attention as they came in the door, but I decided I’d like to live for a while with something of my recent work in this series, which I love, and so I made a piece to go in this particular place.    I DID plan to get it finished before Christmas, but, well other things got in the way.  The whole room looks and feels very different, and although I have always said I don’t want to live amidst a gallery of my own works, I am happy to spend some peaceful time with this one.  I may  exhibit it here, but don’t have any plan other than to have it up on our wall, which is why I am not sticking to my usual rule of never showing a new piece until it has been seen in a juried exhibition somewhere.   And, of course I would part with it if someone wants to pay the price I have on it.

Ebb & Flow 14

March 29th  Thanks to my wonderful photographers here, Eduardo Baldizan, I now have a much more professional and colour-accurate image of this quilt.  Ooooops! it turned out huge – still, enjoy this while you can – I wmay come back later and downsize it .   Now that it has been up for a few weeks it is making me think , and some of your comments are thought provoking, too.  A gallery owner here wants some smaller works …and the Maelstrom quilt is also making me think about a few things …  but a bit of procrastination shortly as we hurtle off  to the sunday markets along Tristan Navaja which we haven’t done in a while.

Scraps’ natural breeding grounds

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


In addition to the fabric pieces I selected to form the main bands within the design, this smallish heap is the group of small snippets I gathered from the large clear plastic bag of very small bits I keep, to use in my sew-as-you-go contstruction techniques, to add an accent, to add to a piece that’s just a bit small, etc.

So there they are, in a heap on the end of my sewing table, against the wall, warming themselves in the sun, and as you will see in a later photo, over this past 6 days this heap did not diminish, nothing like it: in the way of all scraps collections, it actually increased in size. As any experienced quiltmaker will tell you, these little things really go at it when let out of their boxes or bags.

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