As promised here is the finished challenge quilt.
I know I really have to stop calling it that, but inspiration hasn’t struck. I’ve put Zen Garden on the form for the Quilt Show because I had to come up with something on the spot when the forms were due in, a few weeks ago ,but I feel like that’s a little too predictable. The devil in me says to call it Carp[e] Diem but since the literal translation of that is “Seize The Day”, that won’t work. This piece is all about the serenity. There will be no seizing of anything in this garden.
If anyone has a clever suggestion that they don’t mind me purloining, feel free to make it.
Anyway the previous posts relating to the set fabrics, etc are here
if you can be bothered, but in case you can’t:
Basically we were given a small piece of two spotted fabrics. Both had to be used and the maximum size was not to exceed 1 metre [ 40″]. Any techniques or themes were allowed.
SO what else can I tell you?
well the spotty fabrics reminded me of fish scales so that was the starting point. The carp block was one I’d played with before but never really made into anything so I pulled the pattern out again [ by June Colvin and purchased from her in Kentucky in ’96 ] and made three new blocks. Colour decisions were pretty easy… the blues in the geisha fabric and the carp one at the bottom worked in really well with my favourite MX4GD hand dyes and one of my shibori pieces matched the jade in the geisha’s obi. Orange seemed a natural choice for the fish, and speaking of that:
this carp was originally plainish hand dyed orange but he was too bright and toooooooooo plain so I gave him some spots to match the theme fabrics. First were the drawn-on scales with a copper pentel pen, then I dotted on antique gold Shiva paintstik, and then purple fabric paint.
these fused flowers were added to soften the area between the geisha print and the shibori dyed water.
The quilting is a mix of machine and hand quilting with just a little done sashiko style in this heavy white thread. This is a traditional japanese stitching technique and it’s SUPPOSED to be ab-so-lutely perfectly even.
the whole shebang was pieced together on my 1951 Singer Featherweight 221K1 but was quilted on the new Pfaff [ gotta love that Pfaff dual feed!]
and here we have Ms Sophie giving a repeat demonstration as to the reason why mummy got twice as many photocopies of her Shibori notes as she wanted :]
“Let’s just see how many times I can step on the on button, huh? Don’t I fit in here beautifully? “