My current theme seems to be “Go with what you know”. After a bit of angst about what to do for this year’s donation to the Studio Art Quilt Associates Benefit Auction, I ultimately went with what I knew. I had some great ideas but they were just going to take too much time to figure out.
I went with the piece made with Kraft-Tex, the paper/fabric morph material. I enjoyed working with it and I’d like to explore other possibilities using Kraft-Tex. Yes, I forgot what I titled it but we will both find out the title when it posts in the next month on the SAQA site. I think I named it “Interlude” or something similar, as it reminds me of a time when my Mom would sometimes make lunch and set a “proper table”.
Since it was essentially a whole cloth design, the thread was the star and the color story. I was initially indecisive here too with 4 different color stories. I decided to use some hand-dyed thread I purchased at my local guild’s show over a decade ago!
The only real way to audition the threads and adjust my tension was to practice along the edges of the piece. Tension was a little difficult on the paper but I made it work. There were a few places where it just was off so I ended up double backing it with felt, as you’ll see in the following photo.
I do very simple labels. I thought I used a water-proof pen but apparently not! I am glad this happened before sending-I would have been mortified if this happened to the buyer. I replaced the label with a water-proof one, but that was no small task. Since the product is stiff, it was very difficult to hand sew another label on.
I have learned to be very mindful when applying my hanging sleeves. If it isn’t applied correctly it can dramatically affect the hang of the quilt, even if the quilt itself is perfectly blocked-ask me how I know! I am careful to apply it a little below the top so that it does not show when hung. I also put in 1/4″+ of ease to accommodate the hanging slat. This photo is closer in color to the actual piece.
You do have to be right the first time-no ripping out on this stuff as you have left holes in the “paper”! I marked the squares and circles-everything else was free-hand. I don’t like to mark!
I do love a “bumpy” border as opposed to a straight-edged border-isn’t this fun? It gives kind of a lacy vibe to the piece. I hope someone spies it at auction and treasures it! I’ll keep you posted about the Benefit Auction-it usually starts in mid-September. There are always some truly spectacular pieces!
On Friday I’ll be linking up to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.