Well, kinda two finishes, more like wrapping up what was about 90% done previously. But hey, I’ll take it as a finish!
I did ultimately decide to go with the “back” of the organza sheer SAQA Auction Donation quilt:
If its purchaser prefers it the other way it will be easy to move the tiny sleeve and show the “front”. I was perplexed on how best to hang it and I like my solution:
I cut a hollow plastic tube to size whose previous purpose was to hold a small American flag. The flag had faded and I kept the tube. I sanded the ends and wrote the pertinent information with a permanent Sharpie. I created a tiny, unobtrusive sleeve from a leftover piece of the hand-painted silk organza and added the wire. It is extremely light weight! I’m pleased with the outcome.
I also finished the “redo” of my long Turtle Hand Batik panel by using Inktense to change the color of the leaves and rebinding in a fabric more suited to the new colors.
The bundled thin green silk on the right was the previous binding which no longer worked with the “new” green. The new binding is a silk stripe you see at the bottom of the photo. I’ve had it for ages and it was the perfect color! I love stripes in a binding.
Here you can see why that binding had to change: the leaf on the left has been Inktensed, the one on the right is the original color.
It was pretty simple to add the Inktense (on the right leaf). I wet the surface of the quilt with my brush, penciled in the Inktense to my liking and blended it all with a q-tip. This may seem like such an easy thing, because it was, but it has taken me years to feel comfortable just picking up a pencil and adding color. I am over that hump now, finally, and it feels good!
I think this shot really shows how much the color change affected the quilt; new green on the bottom, old green on the top.
When I first started coloring the leaves, I was spare with the water and it was a little tedious. I thought, I’ll just use more water. Really, I knew better. This is not a competition quilt and it will hang with its back to the wall so the bleed through is no big deal. I did feel pretty stupid though!
A few detail shots from the back:
And here it is in situ:
I am so pleased! It was the perfect piece for that long spot and with the previous green, it just wasn’t quite right. Now the greens talk to each other and it is a pleasant scene. That is Hubby’s bar; I don’t drink but maybe 2 times a year so the bar is his. He was picky about what went there, couldn’t be too quilty and could not take away from the exiting piece. That piece by the way, the one on the left, I LOVE. I had to work on Hubby to get a “like” from him on an abstract piece and now he loves it too. It was a production piece from a fairly inexpensive store, a real find.
And yes, I’m still playing with my Applipops. I’ve been using Kona for my experiments and it’s on the thicker end of what the Applipops were designed for. Just for grins, I took my experiments and plopped them down on a piece of silk – kinda like the result:
The Applipops are of varying degrees of perfection. I don’t know that I will actually make this piece or do anything with my starter Applipops, but it’s been fun to play with them and see those “perfect” little circles. I have been working on getting my lecture and some of my workshops virtual and didn’t have time to write about my experience with them yet. They’re pretty slick!
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Ellen Lindner says
Hmm, I can’t subscribe to your posts without leaving a comment.
Sorry Ellen. I wrote you on FB Messenger.
Margaret Blank says
What a difference the colour makes — the “old” leaves seemed to fade into the background, but the “new” ones pop and bring out the best in the blossoms too!
Here’s to more fun with your play-time! :-)
Thank you Margaret! Yes, I was surprised at how effective playing with the Inktense was.
Martha Ginn says
The quilting on that long batik piece is awesome. It really looks good in that space. Thanks for that pic–so nice to see our fiber art hanging in its home location.
Turtle Hand is fabulous, they have the best stuff! Yes, me too – love seeing the art in its final location, hanging!
You are so daring and innovative with your art and so willing to share. Wonderful!
Thanks Barb! I actually took a few small strokes right on the piece first to see if I was in the ballpark. The color was so off for my decor that I felt I had nothing to lose. I won this round, the next time I take a chance it may be a fail.
Karen Scribner says
Your TurtleHand batik is so clever! The back is beautiful also.
Thank you Karen! Turtle Hand batiks are small batch items made by Malaysian artists so I give credit for the design to the artist who batiked this panel. I did have a blast free motion quilting my art atop and then changing colors.