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Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Lovely Surprise





The things you learn when you're working. I used some thick thread in the bobbin and stitched from the back of the piece for the first time today, and WOW! what a difference! As you can see from the images above, I liked the effect so much, I quilted the whole quilt that way. The thread is Decora, made by Madeira, and I got mine from Myfanwy. Thanks, Myfanwy, it's just gorgeous, it has a wonderful sheen (several strands of rayon together will do that, I suppose...). So guess who'll be doing a whole lot of that in future?

The quilt is called Gestation, and it has turned out quite unlike I expected it to. Nothing new there, really. I'm just delighted by it. Yes, I know, I've always been modest... But joking apart, I have been finding it difficult to work abstractly with commercial fabric. It usually depicts something realistic, and I find it hard to get past that and into what the piece suggests. But this one seems to have taken me past that barrier, so here's hoping it'll stay down.

BTW, the quilt is all strong, rich colours, must try to get a better picture of the whole thing; the detail shot is very realistic. Bring back the sun, all is forgiven...

9 comments:

Myfanwy said...

Love it Marion. And yes, that thread is so luscious. You chose exactly the right colour for this quilt. (Now you've learnt to do it you can try with a Jumbo Perle Medium! ;0) )

ZudaGay said...

How cool!! It looks like couching, which would take forever! Wonderful piece, Marion!!

Connie Rose said...

What fun, Marion! They're gorgeous.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

I adore the close up of this piece!!!

Genie said...

lovely work

Judy said...

Hi! Marion,

I too love the close up of the bobbin stitching also the colour combinations - I have only tried metallic thread not a thick one on the bobbin. I have never commented before though I read your blog and enjoy it regularly I live on the other side of the world in Tassie.

Diane Elizabeth said...

Very energizing work. How coincidental -- I have just begun pulling out some of my fabrics and things I'd put away to work with paper and have decided to play around again with errant scraps and see what happens. Nothing but color and motion! Once again -- your work is an inspiration! Diane

Robyn said...

This is indeed a lovely surprise. I love the glowing colours and the thread.

Victoria Bolton said...

Wonderfuls colors and I love the spirals. You may have just inspired me to try some bobbinwork. Thanks for your blog!