Joan Brailsford – Elements – The Element of Surprise (and geometry)
The title of this piece almost gives away my thought and working process.
To explain – I was mulling over many possibilities for this subject and getting nowhere, when I found a couple of pieces of fabric in my ‘scrap bag’ which sparked an idea. This was to work a piece without a design, but by using fabrics from my scraps which were pleasing and from which I would derive motifs and inspiration. Therefore my finished piece would be a surprise to me!
Once I had worked out a pleasing arrangement of fabrics, I bonded these to the background ‘raw-edge’ style, before adding stitching to secure these to the background and to add some texture and interest. I found that in this process I was echoing the geometry of the patterned fabric (which is where the ‘geometry’ in the title comes in). I then added the batting and backing and used both machine and hand stitching to quilt the whole piece.
I continued to use the geometric shapes where possible as part of the quilting.
The outcome was a surprise to me, so I guess that the original idea worked!
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