Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Form, Not Function 4 -- fusing

Longtime readers of this blog will know that I'm not a big fan of fusing, but I do admit that it's the only efficient way to achieve many compositions that would be much more tedious executed in piecing or applique.  Here are a few that I thought were particularly well done and artistically effective.

Echoes of Important Things, Christy Gray, 17 x 45" (detail below)

Christy Gray's small work is an austere composition of an aerial landscape, given depth by the hand-dyed fabrics and free cutting.  It's impeccably machine quilted and given a real spark by the small areas where an edge is highlighted by an inch or two of satin stitch.

Gender Equality, Kathleen McCabe, 43 x 61" (detail below)

This striking image looks from a few feet away as if it's made from mottled hand-dyes or other tone-on-tone printed fabrics.  But up close you can see that the mottling is made from tiny guns,about two inches long, cut out from a contrast color and placed on top of the background fabric.  Then each little gun shape is outlined with machine stitching.


  1. So glad you posted the detail of Kathleen McCabe's quilt; the use ofthe small guns to help create texture is remarkable.

  2. Wow! That texture made up of guns is amazing and really would be impossible to get by machine piecing.