When I posted my Communication piece on March 15 I was dealing with my back problems and was not able to give you the whole story of the quilt. To be completely honest, it wasn't totally finished either. I had gotten the quilting done on Saturday, the 13th, then my back checked out Saturday night and I did not sew again until earlier this week. I had not finished the binding when I posted the photo on the 15th. This weekend was devoted to finishing and here it is.
(You can click on any photos in the post to see them larger.)
16 x 20
In my professional life I spend a lot of time in
meetings. I often observe that no matter how often a group of people may meet,
there’s always misunderstanding and miscommunication.People come into meetings (or other
communications) with different perspectives and different levels of attention.
It’s always a challenge to get everyone on the same plane. My piece reflects
the variety of levels of participation and perspective in meeting situations.
The color patches are samples from each of 17 fabrics.
The kaleidoscope in Initiative is pieced. The kaleidoscopes in Communication are done with fusible applique. Every single piece is cut out and fused to the front of the quilt. In this detail shot the red flower, black chevron, blue wave and spike, pink point and gold/blue drape are all separate pieces.
Here's another detail shot. The center of the kaleidoscope is actually two pieces: the brown medallion and the yellow pieces fused on top.
Here are a couple of photos that will give you an idea of how I constructed this.
I added the kaleidoscopes as I constructed the quilt. This is what helps give the impression of the kaleidoscopes moving on different planes.
I built the kaleidoscopes on 45 degree wedges. I cut out on piece at a time and tried it on the wedge. I use hinged mirrors to see how the final design will look. Once I had something I liked, I glued the sample fabrics in place and then traced it onto template plastic.
Next I created a cartoon on parchment paper with an outline of the design into as many wedges as I needed. I fused Mistyfuse to the back of my fabrics before I cut out all of the tiny pieces. I would first fuse the kaleidoscope to this cartoon. It will not stick permanently to the parchment paper so I could peel the full kaleidoscope off the paper and then arrange it on the quilt top and then fuse it permanently in place. It was quite tedious so you know I loved it!
Now, it's time to change my focus to the Convergence quilt that is due in May.
Did you think I was every going to post Handwork Wednesday again? March was supposed to be ornament month but I spent most of it cutting out tiny bits for my Fiberactions challenge quilt. But, with my back messed up, my ornament kit is about all I can do right now.
Finally, some progress on Tiles of Lisbon. I have proven again that it's a good idea to have a variety of project underway - there's always something ready to work on no matter your mood or health! I think everyone who reads this should start one new project today...just in case.
Since I've started making the kaleidoscope quilts I have, of course, started collecting symmetrical fabrics. I had very few of these types of fabrics in my stash so I HAD to acquire an appropriate assortment. I thought I'd share some of my recent purchases to show you what I look for in these fabrics.
This is what I mean by symmetry. Draw an imaginary line down the center of the motif and the image is a perfect mirror image on each side of the line. This is a great fabric for kaleidoscope quilts.
All of these are symmetrical prints. The fabrics on the bottom and right are Paula Nadelstern prints. I look for motifs in various sizes and varying amounts of detail and background space.
I like these symmetrical medallion prints too.
Sometimes a print is only partially symmetrical. When I bought this fabric (online) I though that the entire motif inside the green circle was symmetrical. It isn't. The central flower is and the two leaf sprays in the red circles are, but that's it. No matter. I've still used this fabric in both of the last two pieces that I've made. Buying fabric online can be a challenge because sometimes the image provided just isn't big enough to be able to tell if there is true symmetry.
This is another one that I will have to be careful using. The light gray images are symmetrical but the white motifs are not printed to match with the gray images. I've got plenty of fabric to work with and this will be fine, I'll just have to be careful.
My favorite fabrics to shop for are ones with mirror image motifs. This fabric may not look symmetrical but those fish medallions are exact mirror images. I used the back fin of this fish in my most Communications challenge in the kaleidoscope in the lower left corner.
I found this fabric in Asheville in December. The birds are exact mirror images.
You also have to get over your like or dislike of the fabric. I think this is one of the most hideous fabrics I have ever seen but those ladies are done in mirror image all over the fabric. I used this fabric twice in my Communication piece.
Here's another one that I bought online and I would not have purchased it if it had not been on sale. I could tell from the online photo that it was at least partially symmetrical. The branches with 2 birds are mirrored but the single bird motifs are not. I'm sure they will be useful for some other project.
This is my favorite find from my recent eQuilter shopping expedition. It has 4 rows so you are seeing half the width of the fabric. Pick out one of the pink or blue flowers and find it on each row. Exact mirror images! This one will provide me with lots of possibilities.
I can't wait to get started on a new kaleidoscope project. Our new theme is Convergence and I have 3 or 4 ideas percolating already.