Monday, February 23, 2009
One more time - June 10 and 11
June 10 is one of the largest quilts in this series. It started with the hexagon shaped piece. This was originally a square but I wasn't pleased with it as it was. I cut off the two corners and then used them in the top "border" area. Often a unsuccessful fabric becomes successful when you cut it up. Being an irregular shaped quilt it was another challenge to hang. I added a casing on top and a thread loop of the almost top right corner.
June 11 is based on a traditional Amish Center Diamond design. I didn't start out to make this design - it just happened. The dark brown/black fabric was done with potato dextrin resist that I discharged with thickened bleach. It ended up with a wrinkle which interferred with the patten I created in the fabric. I still felt it was an interesting piece of fabric with the crackle texture you get from the potato dextrin.
When my son Greg saw the fabric before I cut it up he said "That is the ugliest piece of fabric I have every seen." I wonder if he noticed it in the quilt after I used it?
I am showing a close up that you can click to see a larger version of June 11. When you enlarge it you can see the crackle texture in the potato destrin fabric. You can also see the quilting better. I do not mark my quilting. The closest I came to marking was dividing the border in sections so each quilting design would be approximately the same size. I use white chalk or a white soap sliver to mark and by the time I finished the quilting it had disappeared.
You have now seen 11 of the 19 June series quilts - only 8 more to go.
Tonight's puzzle is a fan sampler quilt I designed for classes a few years ago. It was a neat class. If I ever have the time to do an line classes this will definitely be one of them.