Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Hidden Messages, Part II
69" x 72"

Last time I posted about this quilt,
and I alluded to...eh...something else.  So today I will share it with you!

I appliqued a letter on the quilted background (with Mistyfuse, and invisible thread for the machine quilting), and then I hand appliqued a circle on top of each letter to cover it! Below is a process shot of some of the letters already covered. All the letters were hand cut with scissors.
Under normal lighting, you cannot see the letters, as the circles are opaque. However, when light shines through from the backside (for example, holding the quilt up to a brightly lit window), the fabric becomes transparent and you can see the letters!
So even if you cannot solve the color coded cipher, you could read what it says.  It reminds me of the expression, "light is the best disinfectant"; which is a version of George Washington's:
"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light"
Indeed, the perfect complement to the actual message hidden under the circles!
Also, I wanted to reveal the poem today by showing you a full shot of the quilt, brightly backlit, so that you can see all the letters.  Unfortunately, I am having a bear of a time trying to get that to happen.  I wish I had a giant light board to take a photo, but I do not.  I tried having two assistants hold the quilt up with the sun behind it, but that did not evenly light all the circles, and well, there was wind.  I am not giving up.  I welcome all suggestions.  And, perhaps I foolishly believe I will succeed in this endeavor!  Wish me luck!

3 comments:

Sandy said...

This is cool! Makes me think of old typewriter keys.
I can't help with photos unless you know someone with a large window who will let you hang it in front for getting the light to show the letters.

kathy york said...

Sandy,
That is EXACTLY what I need. Unfortunately I don't know anyone. I will keep my eye out for an accommodating business though! I used Times New Roman font, that and the circles allude to a typewriter, which makes me happy! I did Google search a light table big enough, I think I would need donations up to $1500 to buy that puppy...

Mary Ann said...

I love this quilt! I am all about hidden details. BTW, Stitched, the movie was free this weekend on The Quilt Show and I saw that you were in it!