|Batik triangles fused to wool batting.|
I took a workshop last spring from Larkin VanHorn. She was disappointed that I didn't use her technique to make a background. So a little later in the class, I did use her technique which was to fuse fabrics either to a background fabric or better yet, directly to batting.
To class, I brought some waste triangles that were gifted to me from making HST's. It was time consuming to apply fusible to the back of all those triangles; but, it was fun to place the fabric, and hit it with an iron! Yes, I missed a few places; so I just added a little more of those waste triangles!
|The beaded tail and embellished propulsion|
I cut out the tail and appliquéd it to the background that I had free motion quilted with a variegated thread around the triangle shapes. When I use raw edge appliqué, I use fusible; but, this piece had enough stabilizer; so I appliquéd it as it was. I got to thinking about the power of a whale's tale. I contemplated ways to represent that and I thought back to Larkin's class. She uses a lot of beads in her work. I thought about Abbie Dick's embellished work at the Featured Artist Show. I got inspired to get out the beads and I used some gold ones that were my husbands' grandmother's stash as well as some other beads that came from my grandmother's stash.
|This sea green background was my favorite.|
I decided I could carry out that "danger" theme using three skinny orange curved strips. Besides, this piece of blue is two strips about 7" wide x 24" long. I've had this piece in my stash since about 1996! It was time to use it UP!
And then I needed a back. I used two pieces of orange and the scraps from the top that were left after I cut the top to the size I wanted.
|Quilting lines with the walking foot|
This is going to hang in my studio. Just knowing that the message is there makes me smile. No pattern was followed with this project!
|The finished quilt|
This is my second Finish-A-Long 2016 for quarter number 4. You can read my list here.