The theme was "Plaids at Play"and participants were given a 4" swatch of this Olympic tartan....what would you do with that?
For this theme, I had the desire to make a quilt that could be played with. So I began with the steps you saw in the last posting, I inked and painted some heavy stabilizer, did lots of quilting, made a few cut outs, and added beading to that top layer. For the under layer I drafted a sort of Dresden plate type block.....put it together with some piecing along with both machine and hand applique. The plaid tartan was carefully cut and used in such a way that they would become the focal point of the piece. Once I had finished quilting and binding that bottom layer, I attached the "wheel".........(figuring out how to make it secure but still rotate freely was the trickiest part)
I titled it Kaleidoscope........Pattern, shape and colour appear to change with a simple turn of the wheel.
here are some close ups so you can get an idea of the way the piece appears to change as the upper layer is rotated.
|I made a stand for the piece so that viewers could actually turn the wheel. Thought it might be a little difficult to play with, if it was hanging on the wall|