Nellie"s Needles

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Take It Outback

A bit more about "Take It Outback". I thought you may like to see the back. I consider quilts to be sculptural. Therefore, the back should either relate to the front OR be a delightful surprise.
Then there's the consideration of the quilting pattern showing up or being low key. If it's hand quilted I definitely want all that work to be an obvious design element. However, my machine quilting is not great and I prefer for it to blend into the fabric. A fine black thread, Bottom Line, was used in the bobbin. A number of variegated heavier threads were used for the quilting on top.
To figure out quilting patterns I placed a piece of "Press'n Seal" directly over the fabric quilt block. I like that this product adheres to the fabric without stickiness and that it's translucent enough to see the fabric's pattern. I used a fat tipped permanent ink pen (Sharpie brand) to doodle designs I thought may be appropriate within each section. This variety was pleasing, so I stuck the "Press'n Seal" to a piece of foam core board that was propped up near my machine where I could see it as a reference while I was quilting.
Each section within the blocks was quilted separately ... such as all the spider webs throughout the quilt were sewn at one time with the same thread. Then I'd change the top thread and quilt all of another pattern.
I like taking a break from creating art to make a functional quilt once in awhile. It usually takes finding exciting fabric or being intrigued with a new technique or manipulation of traditional patterns. For this one it was finding that fat-quarter packet of Australian fabrics and playing with a variation of "stacking and whacking" to make interesting blocks that are related to each other with no two alike.

9 comments:

Karen said...

Love the back too! I like how the spider fabric has spiderweb quilting. With the economy taking a nose dive as of late, I think functional art will be much more prevalent

Deborah said...

it maybe a functional quilt but it is still Art.
Art that you can wrap around yourself!

verobirdie said...

I love both sides, each very beautiful on its own.

Heather said...

Your 'Australian' quilt is another masterpiece and the quilting patterns a delight. I would love to wake up under something like that every morning! Beautiful as well as functional - who could ask for more.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

You have convinced me to keep adding excitement to the back of my quilts. It is worth the extra time spent.

Reflections of life and art said...

This is the best of both worlds....a work of art that functions as a quilt...very beautiful work!

ArtSparker said...

Something very satisfying about that piece.

Karen said...

I love your unique design. Beautiful!

Shasta said...

It is a beautiful quilt Nellie, both front and back. Is that sashing within the block piping? or did you sew it on after putting the block together?