Wednesday, September 15, 2010

'Stretch' Challenge Reveal

Here is my 'stretch' quilt for my Fiberactions challenge group. Make sure and check out everyone's great quilts on the Fiberactions blog.

I must admit that these last 3 challenges have been a real 'stretch' for me. For the last 4 months we have been building a second home in NC which is about 2 hours from our home in GA. My time at home has been limited but the flooring was put down last Friday so I may be back to a somewhat normal life soon!

For this piece I started with a fabric that I created about a year ago. I loved the colors but I thought the front was too bright so I turned it over and used the back. I just started adding layers of fabric and paint.

The green leaf on the upper left actually is made up of 11 layers including the quilting. Here is a closeup. The layers are: backing fabric, 2 layers of wool/cotton blend batting, background fabric, orange fabric, red felt covered with organza with designs created by using a soddering iron, green leaf, painted misty fuse, black tulle and finally the quilting.

One of the things that always takes me forever is deciding on how I want to quilt a piece so this is really where the 'stretch' comes in on this quilt. Usually for the background quilting I do some sort of all over consistent pattern. My crutch seems to be stippling.

After starring at this pinned to my design wall for an hour or so I decided to just start some real random allover quilting with no real pattern in mind. At first I thought I would just use clear thread in case I didn't like it but at the last minute I selected a variegated that I had never used before. In this picture you can see the results.


Deb Levy said...

I think your "stretch" is wonderful Judy! I love the colors and the depth all the layers give the piece. And your quilting is perfectly suited to the piece as a whole.

artymess said...

this is sumptuous.........gorgeous colours and texture .a feast for the eyes ......x

Kim D. said...

Beautiful quilt Judy!! I too love the colors, so bright and cheerful and the quilting is wonderful.

Vivien Zepf said...

This is lovely and colorful. I like the variations in stitching in the background and how you did it with variegated thread. Any chance we can see a side view so we can see the depth / dimension of the piece?

linda stokes said...

Gorgeous quilt! love all the layering & richness.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

This is stunningly beautiful, one of my favorite of your creations.