Friday, January 8, 2016

Another challenge 2

I wrote yesterday about a call for entries for a show sponsored by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, based on the quilts of Marie Webster.  I said that I found a quilt that appealed to me, mainly because the appliqued figures were white.

Marie Webster, Bedtime

That's because I have been experimenting with machine stitching directly onto canvas.  I love the look and the process of dense stitching, especially using different shades of the same general color to give a "hand-dyed" effect.

So I thought I could execute a variation of Marie's scene on canvas by stitching the blue background and leaving the moon, stars and children unstitched. What I like about this technique is that the stitched canvas tightens up and shrinks, while the unstitched parts end up puffed and puckered.

Here's a detail shot of one of the stars.  I have this superstition about showing a quilt while its show entry is still pending, so I'm not going to give you the full view just yet.

Left to my own devices, I would have put a sleeve on the back of the canvas and called it done; I like the way the canvas ripples and hangs askew.  But SAQA has rules for what constitutes a quilt, and it must be "layered and stitched."  So I decided I had to put a back on the canvas and put at least some stitching through both the layers.  Fortunately this was easy -- I sewed around the edges, and scribbled a little in the center, and called it "quilting."

So the entry is in the system and in a month we'll see if it gets in.  Yes, it's still sweet and pale, but I hope the technique will come across as edgy enough to qualify as contemporary.

Wish me luck!


  1. Great interpretation! Good luck!

  2. Wow.... Love the technique. Looking forward to seeing photo of the entire quilt. Good luck!!

  3. I love how you are pushing the limits of the quilt definition. The look is very elegant - Good Luck with the show!

  4. Interesting....good luck!!! Hope you get in!!!

  5. Es fantástico. Es usted una artista. Good like .Buena suerte :)

  6. Good luck. I love the original inspiration and the way you have approached interpreting it.

  7. Great interpretation of the original. I look forward to seeing the whole thing. Be sure to show it when you get accepted, as you most likely will be.

  8. Another great start to a Call to Entry Kathy. What a perfect take on the work of a quilt artist by a contemporary. Many accolades!

  9. Did you get your quilt accepted so we can see it?