Being brave

A word of warning before I start – those you know me might want to sit down.

Ruins 7 - work in progress

Ruins 7 – work in progress

I have now finished the background stitching on Ruins 7. It is big; a massive 5 square metres. Which equates to hundreds of parallel lines of stitching achieved by spending hours and hours at my sewing machine. And it looks great – well worth the investment I have made in it so far.

I wanted to do something a little different with this piece and had, in my mind, stitched silhouettes of ruined, bombed out buildings. I went on-line to get some images to work from. Sadly there are far too many images out there – from London and Dresden in the second World War to Aleppo today. I started by sketching in a notebook but could get no sense of scale. So I decided to draw out the full sized design. Cue lots of hours drawing, tearing up paper and drawing again until I was sort of happy. I draw onto blank newsprint paper as I know it tears easily and thought I could pin it to the quilt and stitch through.

I thought wrong. Trying to manhandle the quilt and paper on my sewing machine was horrendous. If I had a swear box in the studio I could have paid my mortgage off!! I thought long and hard about my options …. And decided to draw the design directly onto the quilt. And not with a pencil (which wouldn’t really show up) or with a water soluble marker pen (as I have no intention of letting the piece near water). I decided to use a black permanent marker pen. Yeaks!!

I am using free machine quilting in a black thread to ‘etch’ over the lines so most of the marks should be hidden. Assuming I don’t make a mistake …… Is that brave or really stupid?

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2 responses to “Being brave

  1. Thanks Sylvia. I have 3 pieces at Festival this year. One in Fine Arts Quilt Master (still doing a happy dance) plus Ruins 6 in the Art Quilt category and Vestiges in the Miniature category. I’m hoping to finish Ruins 7 in time to enter Quilt National (assuming I like it!!).

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  2. That is a mammoth task. I am looking forward to seeing your work at the NEC in August.

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