Monday, March 22, 2010

Hope Floats

Over the weekend I completed Hope Fulfilled, the quilt I began putting together on a bad hair day several weeks ago. As you can see, nearly all the fabric has been shiboried with dye or discharge.

The white areas peeking through everywhere are like vistas of hope, glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. The finished piece is 29x15 inches.

I really enjoyed making this piece. It came together by itself, rather than by my attempt to replicate, in fabric, either a photo or a paper collage. And it made me realize that I'm finished with the photo-to-fabric quilts for now. They're not as spontaneous as I want to be working. In a sense, either are my collage-inspired quilts -- but the latter are less bound by image.

I'm feeling new things, new directions bubble within. Been thinking about this all, in the context of participating in SAQA's Visioning Project, and know this movement is a good thing. I can't hold myself to even my own personal challenges if they no longer satisfy my soul and they've become rote.

On Saturday I took an Embellishment/Thread Painting class given by the incomparable April Sproule. I feel so lucky to live in the same burg as April, get to hang out with her in her studio, share ideas and info. Anyhow, now I have new techniques to explore. I hadn't been attracted much to thread painting previously, but now that I've stuck my toe in the water, it's quite fantastic. If you're intrigued, also see Susan Brubaker Knapp's thread painting tutorials in this year's Quilting Arts, beginning with the February/March issue.


Maggi said...

When I looked at this quilt it gave me goose bumps, I think that it is the white areas that seem to shift the more you look at it. Beautiful.

Unknown said...

I can't hold myself to even my own personal challenges if they no longer satisfy my soul and they've become rote.

And that, Constance, is what is all about.. :-)


frazzledsugarplummum said...

Stunning piece I especially like the white areas. I am thrilled that you are finding new avenues and skills and are being drawn to new approaches. It is very exciting.

Unknown said...

I haven't had a chance to comment on your last three collage quilts, Connie, but I wanted to tell you that I really love them, particularly this last one. As usual, I have Fabric Envy lol.

Congrats again on your spread in Quilting Arts... I got such a huge charge seeing you in those pages, way to go!!

Irene said...

You should always be ready to let go of one technique and try another one. You show that it can be done successfully.

HollyM said...

Your reproducing of the photos amazed me, but I think it's good that you feel ready to move on. I love the spontaneity of these. I enjoy the embellishing and the thread painting afterward myself. It will be interesting to see what you do.