56" x 53"
or How I Spent My Summer Vacation!
I am posting about my newest creation today! Another 3D quilt, which is funny because after the last one, I didn't think I would make another one! It was a labor of love though. I felt really inspired to create this piece because of the feelings I get of being rejuvenated from hiking in a park. Nature does it for me every time! Balance, grounded, happy. And I get the same feelings when I stand in front of this piece. I am immersed in greens and blues. It is an evocative piece for me, which I am quite confident is not fully expressed through a tiny photo on a website. I am still hoping to find a venue where it can be experienced in person and I can hopefully pass on the inspiration to you.
|full view of Central Park|
|3D view of Central Park|
|wholecloth background fabric, shibori tied before dyeing|
And as you scroll down through the photos, you will get an idea of how the quilt was constructed. I actually started this piece last spring and worked through the summer. This was my entry for Quilt National, but it was sadly not selected. I can tell you that just by having a deadline as a goal really helped me to complete this quilt. The logistics were overwhelming from time to time, with over 5000 French knots to sew on 500 buildings to make and hand applique on. The quilting of the background also took an unexpectedly long time, about a month. It was hard to quilt around all those circles, lots of starts and stops, and threads to bury or clip. In retrospect, I wish I had quilted it first before adding the circles for the trees.
|blue fabric from buildings made from commercial cottons batiked in stripes, bleach discharged and then overdyed turquoise, navy, periwinkle, and cobalt blue|
|machine piecing the buildings into their 3D shapes|
|piles of buildings, will there ever be enough???|
|stuffing the buildings with cubes of ethafoam|
|hand dyed silk organza which was cut into circles for the trees|
|Park layout before quilting and before embroidery of the gardens|
|selecting threads for the gardens|
|French knots in the gardens, there are over 5000 French knots. Click on picture to see a closeup|
|Closeup of quilting lines by the baseball fields|