Monday, May 6, 2013

Beverly's Remnants FINISHED!!

Not quite a week later, and I've finished the quilt.  I added a pieced binding, which I think was the perfect frame for the quilt.

I love the line that is created where the line on the right joins the binding- and I didn't even notice it until I looked a the picture!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Remnants After the Fire

At the time I thought of our theme, there had been several fires in the news.  I thought of the effect those fires had on property and possessions.  I pictured the charred remnants of furniture, clothing, photographs, memorabilia of the families effected by the fires.   My idea was beginning to percolate.   Initially I was going to rust fabric, but that didn't work out.  Instead I came across a tattered piece of this.
an old crocheted dresser scarf.  Ah!  This could work.  I just had to add to (or subtract from) this tattered piece and I would have a remnant, right?  So I took the piece, grabbed some matches and attempted burn the piece.  I didn't quite get the effect I was looking for, but after a bit of rubbing with charcoal it started to look like what I wanted. 
I now had pieces that looked like they had been burnt. All that was needed was a background.  I remembered a technique I had learned for piecing curves and used it to create a background that would represent fire.
 To this background I added some free motion quilting to represent the fire's flames.
Next came the pieces that I had burned and rubbed with charcoal by FMQing them to the background.  Here are some detail shots.  You can see the burn on this piece.
and the charcoal on this piece
Like Beverly, my piece is also not quite finished.  It is missing the binding because I couldn't decide if I should use a binding or use a facing.  So I have left that decision to the rest of you TTs.  What do you think?  Here is my representation of Remnants After the Fire.