Finished, indeed! Good grief, I started this piece way back in October.
Last fall my art quilt group challenged me to make a quilt using complimentary colors. To get started I used a store bought stencil to put a design of blue Shiva oil stick on a bright orange fabric.
Since I was into free form curved piecing, I added curved strips above and below the block. I had so much fun doing that it was hard to stop, but it was getting pretty long so I finally had to!
Over several months I gradually added stitching of various kinds.
First I machine stitched down fat yarns like the gray line you see in this photo with the tuffs hanging off the stitching.
Then I added decorative stitches that were built into my sewing machine, like the blue zig zag you see on the gold fabric.
And finally I added hand stitching, like the orange and yellow marks on the dark blue fabric.
Doing the stitching was soothing and seeing the results was fun, but it did take a while, not only to do the work but to make all the decisions about what to add to the piece. I also stitched around all the blue Shiva oil paint stenciling.
Finally it was time to stop so I finished it off with this multicolored binding
I always have to have cool backs on my quilts, even though no one sees them.
It seemed like the piece wanted to be a table runner but Fetcher insists on sitting on any quilt that he finds handy and I couldn't bare the thought of all his cat hair on all that stitching so I hung it up as a scroll. I like how it livens up the corner of the dining room.
Seeing that I was writing about this piece my sweet husband just got out "the good camera" and took an excellent photo of the quilt; isn't he nice?
He always likes to have me in his photos, so here I am next to my art work.
Did you notice my new haircut? And that I lost the pounds I had gained over the holidays? Yes, those holidays, the ones that happened five months ago. Well, better late than never! For both losing extra pounds and for finishing quilts!