Monday, October 9, 2023

Painted fabric and improv pieced quilt- Improv Transparency

I painted a yard of fabric a while ago and hadn't been able to cut into it or find a use for it as a background.  The white squiggly lines were made with a glue resist, painted over, then washed out. 

Finally, I decided that I would use it for an improv quilt.  A few months ago, one of my friends taught us how to take advantage of transparency in a quilt.  We made 18" blocks with free hand curved lines.  I used turquoise shades and a white and black print.  

Some of the others in the group made 4 blocks and sewed them together.  They looked fabulous!  But I didn't want to do the same thing.  So, I cut it each block into 6 pieces and inserted 5 strips of my hand painted fabric.   Here is the result:

I felt like I was onto something, so I made a couple more in shades of turquoise and blue and had enough of the painted fabric to do a couple more.  I put them up on my design wall and played around with the layout.  In order to make them all fit, I used some coping strips, cut edges off of some and placed them in other places, and finally, sort of straightened the edges.  

I quilted it with several colors of blue and green thread in 1/4" lines that curved to match the shapes in the quilt.  There were A LOT of stops and starts, which I handled with tiny starting and ending stitches, as well as some that were tied off.  And here it is after the quilting.  Its 35" to 37" w x 52" to 53" h.  (The dimensions reflect a slight difference as the quilt is not totally square).  I've named it "Improv transparency". 

I hope you like it!

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