Gaye Alger – Circle(s) – Going around in Circles
I had had a really bad day the day I read the email giving us the theme for this month’s reveal. Literally going around in circles and achieving nothing so I knew immediately the title for my quilt. To cheer myself up I decided to use my favourite split complementary colour scheme in orange and turquoise. The inspiration for the background design came from a photo I had taken of a rug that was in a hotel I was staying at near Wadi Shab, Oman.
It has been constructed in two parts. The background fabric was printed with acrylic paints using a combination of hand cut soft cut blocks and hand made funky foam stamps and then over-dyed with thickened dye. This was then layered and free-motion quilted with a combination of pebbles and my version of a Leah Day design I think of as tennis balls! I then printed the footprints onto a separate piece of fabric, again using acrylic paints and hand cut soft cut blocks. The lettering was stenciled using a hand cut stencil and a shiva paintstick. I then layered this fabric over the background, outline quilted around the footprints and letters and then cut away the excess fabric (thank you to Linda and Laura Kemshall for the idea). I had remembered to print enough fabric to be able to bind the quilt in the same fabric.
I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt including all the sampling I did before I decided on the final construction technique. Overall I am satisfied with the final result.
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