WARNING...this is a total photo bomb.
It is Sunday. I am finally getting photos of my newest show quilt which I call The Twisted Sister loaded to my blog to show. After judging is completed, I will launch this post on Tuesday. This quilt is at MQX. Though I have shown some pictures of it during construction, I realize it has been a good long while. Plus, somewhere in this process, I got superstitious, and opted to keep finished photos under my hat until it made it's first show debut.
It is at MQX. Midwest that is. This is my first time going to this show anywhere but in NH, and I am teaching a full load of mostly sold-out classes.
From the zebra, came some bright pink and orange stars. The outer fabrics were Cotton Couture, which is pretty in color, but my problem was that I loved the pink and orange, BUT it just did not look good on the more blue and green hexie clusters. Around this point, too, I had decided I wanted to use the champagne silk as the background. No way was I using black, even if it would look good. I'd just quilted "Illuminations" which has deep black/navy batik as a background, and it was harder than I want to deal with. On top of that, the quilting more or less disappears. My aging eyes don't appreciate quilting the darker fabrics at all. The quilting on this needed to show (since it was going to be a challenge to get it to show on the blocks).
How the quilt would be finished was a 1-2 month quandary. I had this orange silk dyed, only to discover I disliked the color with the quilt. I was fortunate and found some discontinued orange (rust) silk that was an ideal color. The lighter orange was saved for another project. Great color...wrong quilt.
How to quilt the zebra was one stumbling block. I hate having a fabric that you just can not get the quilting to show on. What I did shows beautifully on the backside, but not so much on the front. Life goes on.
Another thing I try hard to do when designing quilting is to bring the essence of the quilt into the quilting. These ARE hexagons. I wanted the quilting to pay homage to that fact, so I discretely placed hexies into the quilting. They are a detail you may miss from across the room, but upon close inspection, they add to the cohesiveness of the piece. The devil is in the details, and quilts win and lose ribbons on details.
"The Twisted Sister" is a little wild. She is a little different. She is named for the creatively crazy use of zebra fabric, and the twisty ribbon that surrounds her. She is also kin to her sister quilt, Bouquet Royale because of similar techniques, colors and fabrics. They are made of the same genetics, but have minds of their own.
I know that the binding sucked up a TON of time too.
The first plan was this would be a scalloped edge with two pipings - green and black silk. That part seemed easy enough, considering that I have done a dual-piping scallop edge on Illuminations. The only difference is that was cotton batik. Trust me, silk is a little more persnicketty.
Plan B turned out to be a black binding, but out of black batik, rather than silk. The batik is tight, and tends to make very good bindings. Furthermore, even the black silk is low sheen so I doubted that it would be immediately noticeable that it was cotton and not silk. It may be noticed that some crazy nut used a black piping beside a black binding, and they will likely scratch their head on that thought. I know it seems strangely overkill. BUT there was no way I was picking off the piping because from the backside it was very hard to know which seam was for which piping. It was just simpler to leave it and move on. It layed nicely, but perhaps was not the most logical color choice. Duly noted.
Now comes the fun part... Or perhaps that is just sheer foolishness, she said with a snicker.
Monday ... (no, this is not yet posted, as I was waiting for judging to be done) - the nervous superstitions are huge right now! I just saw this posted by a fellow MQX friend, who happens to be in the judging room. Oh to be a fly on the wall in that room! I might feel better about how the quilt did if they were smiling.