Art Every Day, Friday, June 14, 2013,
My friend Ellen is here looking at this piece as I write. She said it looks like I quilted it this way just because I can. Well, she's right. I love, love, love to machine quilt and I love seeing what happens to a surface when I quilt it.
With this piece I started with a piece of black linen set on dark gray batting. I topped the linen with a strip of hand painted fabric that has a yellow green background, black horizontal brush strokes, blue wavy lines and polka dots and hot pink swirls. I tucked a piece of dull yellow green silk noil under the painted piece and quilted them both, the multi colored piece with dark pink thread and the silk with blue thread. Then I started stitching vertical rows of colorful yet simple designs. I didn't want anything too ornate so that the painted piece didn't get overwhelmed and so that the color could shine just as much as the quilting does.
I think it's a fun, energetic little piece and I really enjoyed doing it. I love the ripped edge of the black against the gray batting and the large amount of black linen that remains visible yet sits nicely in the background. Mostly, I love using my hand painted fabrics in conjunction with delightfully simple machine quilting. A bonus; it only took just over 40 minutes to make!