Dimensions 16" X 20"
This is the original quilt design collage. I used batiks, hand dyed flannel, silk, shot cotton, upholstery fabric and sheer fabric pieces. Keeping the background somewhat abstract and geometric makes it easier to create an organic shape as a sheer overlay. The entire collaged piece is then mounted onto a piece of hand dyed fabric that I made to coordinate with it. I tried laying the quilt on several colors of solid colored scrapbook paper that I had and decided that orange was a good compliment to the piece. Not having any orange fabric, I ripped off a piece from a bolt of print cloth that I ordered in bulk and dyed it using soft orange and rust MX dyes. I wasn't sure it would turn out the color I wanted but this is what I got and I really liked it. I used a facing finish on both the collaged piece and the orange background mounting piece.
Here is a closer look at the quilt. You can see the French knots and hand stitching that I added using DMC cotton floss. It also shows the color shift that is produced by the sheer overlay.
Here is the second quilt in the "series". It is a bit smaller but uses a lot of the same fabrics and organic theme. This time however, I quilted the background fabric closely and in straight lines. It definitely gives the piece a more structured look than the wavy lines of the first piece. I have been reading about the whole modern quilt movement and thought I would try my hand at some straight line quilting. I definitely has a different aesthetic than my usual less structured style, but I think it works in this piece.
Here is a close up of the second quilt so you can see the hand stitchcing and color shitft again. I think the background straight lines are a good contrast to the very organic sheer piece and base fabrics from the collage.