Friday, May 4, 2018
A quiltmaker's dilemma...
Last summer I took four quilts out to hang at a doctors' office as part of a program that PYRO Gallery has had for a few years. Twice a year we hang a new "show" of as many as 50 pieces of art at the office, and in return the doctors agree that a certain amount of art will be purchased.
The good news is that one of my quilts has indeed been purchased, and though I will be sorry to see it go I know it will be going to a good home. The quilt is "Linear B," which was the ultimate fine line quilt -- it consisted entirely of machine-pieced fine lines!
Linear B won the juror's choice (aka second place) at Art Quilt Elements in 2016 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne PA.
When we went to hang the art at the doctors' office that quilt was the only tall, skinny piece that anybody had brought, so it got to hang right by the elevators in the main lobby.
Instead of lying flat against the wall, as in that installation photo above, it was gaping at the sides, as much as four inches away from the wall in the center. As you walked off the elevator, you got a great view of the back of the quilt. Yuk.
Obviously I have to do some remedial sewing before this quilt can be delivered, but what? Do I want to sew three additional horizontal sleeves with slats at the quilt's shoulders, waist and knees? Or should I sew vertical sleeves along the edges of the quilt and slip a very tall rod into each one to hold the sides against the wall?
If any of you have had experience with this kind of gapping, please let me know what you did and whether you're happy with the solution. The new owners are waiting!!
Thanks in advance...
And by the way, I put up "Big Ice" next to the elevators after I took down "Linear B." Maybe it will go to a new home too.