Here are some of the ideas I had for this quilt. If you read my blog on a regular basis, you'll recognize that some of these design ideas are quilts that would fit into my series: Nests, power lines, trees. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it just doesn't fit. This one just couldn't shoe horn itself into this challenge.
I landed on the one below, and decided it would be about 30" x 36". In a blog many months ago, I wrote about putting up some thin black strips to mark off the size of the quilt. It's taken straight from the artist's toolbox... they start with a canvas a certain size! I've been using this technique ever since I took a seminar from Nancy Crow. It's such a wonderful way to visualize the work in progress. I hope you try it sometime too.
The straight lines on my sketch represent pin tucks. I used two huge panels of the dress to make the tucks. There are 33 in each panel - just enough to cover the area requiring the tucks. I made the pieces extra large, then pinned a tracing of the piece onto them. Since I didn't want the seam to rip apart, I sewed through the paper to hold the tucks in place, then cut out the panels outside of the paper. Just in case something goes a little haywire, I added an 1" all the way around the piece too. I hope you measure twice and cut once... and still allow for those haywire things that happen during sewing.
I traced the center piece too and sewed around those edges. Here are the 3 pieces pinned to my design board.
|Gold foil on bride dress fabric
|Painting with iridescent and glitter paint on dress fabric
Here are some of the fibers that were used in the woman-made sandwiched fabric:
|Thread, lace, yarn rick rack, Angelina fibers
|Sandwiched fabric #1
|Sandwiched fabric #2
|Sandwiched fabric #3
|Lace sandwiched between tulle
Hope this inspires you to step outside your box and try to some fun things.