Margaret Horton – Monochromatic – Bleak MidWinter
On learning the theme of ‘Monochromatic’, straight away I knew I was going to use my stash of indigo dyed fabrics, including wool, fine linen, scrim, ribbon, because I could produce a meaningful sample and still have plenty of pieces left for the final quilt, something that I am not able to do very often. However, it is something I intend to pursue, as well as using my sketchbook, in future, especially in light of some of my friends in our 15 x 15 group showing their lovely sketches and saying how useful they are in helping to produce work.
On a base of wool, I attached, via an embellisher machine, scrims, muslins, lightweight cottons and ribbons cut into the shapes on my drawing, which represented a very bleak, wintry scene. Prior to quilting by hand and machine, I put a fine cotton backing on and then quilted as usual.
I so enjoyed stitching this soft fabric made up of wool and scrims, the scrims giving me the type of ‘rural’ look that I was looking for.
I would certainly use this method of construction again, but feel that this particular quilt is perhaps a little darker than I wanted. With this in mind, I brightened the night sky with blue sequins.
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