Sunday, January 12, 2014

Music- Beverly

Hand dyed cotton, machine quilted hand embroidered

This piece started in my head.  I thought about the many aspects of music- structure, represented by the treble and bass bars, notes, and other 'letters', which I saw as straight lines.  Then there are the curved, rolling lines, representing the flow of the music as it moves through me.  That was my starting place.

I rooted through my stash, looking for fabric that spoke to me with those thoughts in mind.  I found this piece that I did last summer.  I liked the straight lines of the rust against the petrol green background.  I kind of reminded me of the readout of an echocardiogram- but hey, heart's have a beat too, right?

I machine quilted it with curved, flowing lines- or at least attempted to.  Working on this piece told me how rusty my free motion skills have gotten.  It was not easy.

After the machine quilting, I hand embroidered the 'notes.  I wanted to use perle cotton, but couldn't find any in the color I needed, so it ended up being three strands of embroidery cotton.  That gave me the accents I wanted.

If the proportions of this piece look different than the others, that is because they are.  I did not realize until I was almost done that it is 12 X 20, not 16.  By the time I realized it, it was too late to do anything about it, and I aure didn't have the energy to re-do it.  So, it is what it is.  Hopefully, my creative energy and mojo will return with the spring and warmer weather.

I showed this to my son, asking him what he saw.  He said it looked like a digital music file- hence the name!  So, that told me I'd been successful in conveying my idea, at least from a modern perspective!


  1. Beverly, a gorgeous piece of fabric by itself and the quilting really adds motion and music to this piece!

  2. Having watched my younger nephew create digital music on his computer, you have truly captured the feel of music in this piece. The embroidered accents add to that digital feeling.

  3. I really get the feeling of waves of music when looking at your creation. I can see much of today's popular digital music portrayed in your piece. I am especially fond of the quilting.

  4. This is beautiful Beverly! I see nothing lacking in the free motion quilting, it adds the perfect movement to the piece. I love that this is a whole cloth quilt!

  5. love it! You have very successfully portrayed the rhythm and flow of music. The addition of the embroidered notes is the perfect touch.

  6. Wow. As soon as I saw this I knew it was music. I have done a bit of editing on the computer and this is exactly what it looks like when you are doing it. I can't believe you found such a perfect piece of fabric and you have amplified the meaning with the quilting and embroidery beautifully

  7. The complementary colours work so well! Your quilt immediately reminded me of the digital waves I’ve seen during concerts on a ‘soundsystem’.