Thursday, June 04, 2009

Maze on Blue

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Maze on Blue

Hand dyed cottons, fused, machine quilted.

34.5x33.5” 1997 $500

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The collage areas were cut with a deckle blade rotary cutter (Fiskars) made for paper, but worked just fine on fabric, if it remained sharp. The fabric itself was dyed Pimatex-like cotton, very tightly woven poplin which we used to dye for sale. It takes the dye slightly differently because of it’s tight weave, leaving lots of air bubbles if it is dyed flat.

I think this was a new way of quilting for me at the time and I designed large areas to feature the stitching designs, in red thread. And as I recall I made the collage sections first and found a way to organize them into a design.

11 comments:

  1. It's so interesting to see the development of your work through the years, and it gives meaning to the idea that life (and art) is a journey...

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  2. LOVE this! I am seeing that your brilliant genius has been quite long-standing! Oh, and the title is a kick, too! You crack me up. Wonderful! I really love getting to see this parade of stunners. And all because you organized your storage!

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  3. I love how architectural it is! Which lends to a feeling of depth perception and such. Cool!

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  4. Anonymous11:41 AM

    This is wonderful! I love the intertwining of the 2 figures. And the slightly mottled fabric in the figures is a great contrast to the solid colored background.
    -Connie in Alabama

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  5. The Blue! The Blue! LOVE this color - is it the Sabacron Blue? Do you remember? This is NOT the first time I wax poetic about your blues...I need to get off my hiney and dye some fabulous ones of my own...

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  6. I too am enjoying seeing your past quilts. Love to see a large area of just quilting. Your stitches are perfect and I like the use of contrasting thread. It works perfectly with these quilts and the vibrant colors you use.

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  7. Anonymous2:44 PM

    Interesting, that those squiggely cutters have been around so long. Hollyhocks 2 is absolutely beautiful. I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of work you put into it.
    Thanks for taking us on this 'memory lane' trip. Yours is the first blog I open each day, wouldn't miss it for the world!

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  8. Anonymous3:13 PM

    I have really enjoyed your online quilt show from the archives!! fabulous color and quilting to boot! Your work is inspiring me!! I did have a question, though, and wondered how the fusible is holding up after 15 years, if I calculted correctly. I'm assuming u used wonder under. feel free to email me at skglass@dacor.net when you have a minute, or I will be watching your blog for more quilts and a possible answer. Thanks so much for all you share for the quilting world!

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  9. Anonymous5:19 PM

    500? really?

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  10. $500...yes really. It's a shame to hide it in my closet, don't you think?
    Melody

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