Els Mommers – Squares
Back to Square One
I really wanted this quilt to be colourful and chose to use my own hand-dyed fabrics for it. I fused them, started cutting squares and overlapped them in a nice colour scheme. After very lightly fusing the seams, I did cut away all the overlapping pieces at the back so the quilt stayed very thin and flat. I then fused the whole piece together.
My idea was to play with all kind of thin lines to make squares on top. That was when the struggle started. Whatever I did I was not satisfied. I have been trying thin, thick, black, white, red, green and yellow lines in all kind of variations, but I couldn’t make up my mind. Nothing was really appealing to me.
When the deadline came closer, the English saying “back to square one” kept coming up in my mind and that is what I did. I really went back to my very first design that consisted of two simple linear black squares and fused them on top.
The large square is quilted in small chess-pattern squares, in the opposite direction to the background to get some more tension in the whole piece. The small square, on the other hand, is quilted in bubbles. For this quilting monofilament yarn is used, to not distract the attention from the coloured background. The background is quilted in the ditch of the squares with different colours polyester thread. The piece is finished with a very small black binding to visually connect it with the black lines of the squares.
The whole “struggle” can be seen on my blog: http://kunamola.blogspot.com