Stack for Janys
Hand dyed cottons, fused,
hand embroidered, machine quilted. 15.5 x16"
Janys requested dark and murky, with touches of vivids. I began by pulling the richest purple and darkest green and then went for more subtle values of the same two hues. Making the striped fabric first gave me extra skinny strips and I inserted the strips under the squares. The fabric patterns denoted the start for the stitching and of course dots had to appear. The orange is the perfect foil for the deeper darker tones.
I have recently heard the term low volume in reference to the Modern Quilt Movement, and it means low contrast, which was always a good descriptor, so why the change? Who knows, but I got the idea of doing low volume/contrast alongside the brighter hotter contrast and I think it is a good balance. It's feels good to be in control of the values as well as the colors.
The title Stack for Janys refers to long time series of collage type quilts called Stacks that I have been making for lo these many years. While it looks like a bunch of pieces piled on top of each other, in reality, it is always only one layer deep. I cut away whatever is covered, since it would be wasteful to cover up the pretty colors.
Thinking ahead, I made the top larger than requested and cut the batting to the suggested size, allowing the top to be folded over the edge to finish the sides. The hand stitching was then accomplished, and a backing fabric was fused over the back, hiding the knots. Then machine quilting finished the piece.