In an earlier post,¬†it was clear¬†the black chitz won over¬†over the gold/cream.¬† Gold/cream looked’OK’, but I didn’t persevere with much of the gold stitchery on that, as this¬†black and gold was already so much more exciting:
I have since done three more pieces like this with sand ripple patterns forming the designs, all very different.¬† The 4 pieces will form a group, and as usual at this stage, I am¬†tossing up¬†a title for them, and currently considering ‘Golden Sands’, ‘Sandlines’, and of course there are already groups of ‘Tidelines’ and ‘Beachlines’
I just knew this black chintz was a good buy -¬†there’s¬†still about 13.5 m left …..
Several weeks have passed, and although it has taken me a while to think what and how much quilting to do, it came to me a few days ago:
I know such intense free machine quilting, stippling,¬†is a bit of a cliche these days – but it really is necessary.¬† The last time I did this stuff was Hannan’s Reward, 1993,
and one or two others around that time.¬†¬†’Hannan’s Reward’ has¬†more distinct circles, and the thread was metallic, but earthy, grainy textures were required in each case.
So the above black/gold sample¬†is the same quilt as¬†pictured¬†at the top of this post,¬†at the stage of free machine stitch over the freshly painted fabric (oh well of course, it had dried …)¬† The other three¬†are now all sprayed, free-machine stitched and layered for quilting, and I’ve been¬†chewing through the black thread like mad.¬† Although it has taken me a long time to get this right, ¬†I¬† now feel confident it¬†meets the vision I had when I put my proposal in months and months ago.
But, while doing the quilting over the past couple of days on this one, another problem arose to be solved:
I used unbleached muslin/calico for the backs as I normally do.¬† But with this intense black machine quilting (and no other bobbin colour would have worked well) the resulting finish looks pretty gross.¬†These 4 pieces really¬†will require additional backs to cover that.¬† However, it’s an ill wind that blows no good, for I now have the opportunity to trapunto (stuff) the unquilted areas, corresponding to the gold shapes on the front¬†representing the tops of the sand ripples.¬† A little more body in¬†those parts¬†will help prevent them¬†becoming crushed and wrinkled in transit and storage before the exhibition.
I have not yet decided whether to finish each 40cm x 60cm piece with a fine black binding or with turned back facings.