Many happy hours have been spent with my buddies Kate and Judy ice-dyeing fabric. We've all come away with loads of treasures....but what the heck to do with them??The patterns are often so high energy, with colors that don't blend well with our existing fabrics. Yet, who wouldn't love the results or wish to find a way to incorporate them into a quilt?
I've always been fond of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style of design. His stained glass panels hit all the right notes for me. That got me to thinking about how this fabric echoes the look of various types of glass used in making stained glass items. I'm not a planner/drafter of patterns because I'm an idiot about math. Plus so often my rotary cutting is inaccurate despite trying to be meticulous. (I blame it on the shadows from my overhead lighting...in part quite true.)
And if you are a long time reader of this blog you already know that sewing patchwork is not my favorite construction method.....especially since my Pfaff died and was replaced by my nemesis a Janome 8900.
Yet I plunged ahead with this inspiration, the result is below. My next least favorite technique is machine quilting....which will be the next step for this piece when I can figure out what I want and am capable of doing.
As I write this....I'm struck by the realization (though not for the first time) that machine work continues to be an area of quilting that I enjoy the least. Perhaps that's why beading and hand quilting had become such passions for me!
With all this said, yes, I do believe a way to utilize this type of fabric has been achieved. Since I actually just completed it.....here's the final look below.
REMBERING FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT 22" X 28"
Ice-dyed cottons, machine quilted.
You can find work produced by fellow artists....do check them out here: Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, and Crazy Mom Sews.