4.02.2008

Quilt finished

I posted about this quilt early last year when I started putting it together. The design was inspired by a colour exercise in a book I was reading called The Interaction of Color by Joseph Albers. In the meantime, the finished quilt top has been hanging on my design wall where I have enjoyed looking at its brightly coloured squares while deciding what to do about the quilting. Last week I got to it.

First I machine quilted black
concentric circles offset from
the lower right-hand corner
and hand quilted quarter ovals
starting from the lower left-hand corner
which intersected the black circular
stitching,


then added a narrow black binding.



Colour study: The illusion of transparency
Hand dyed cottons, machine pieced,
machine and hand quilted
29 x 29"
March 2008



Detail

9 comments:

shiborigirl said...

LOVE this piece juanita- partly because of the joseph albers quality to it and what is behind a color study such as this. another favorite but lesser known artist of mine also attended black mountain college-ruth asawa. can you imagine what it would have been like to have been a student there back then?

paulahewitt said...

This is beautiful -I love the colours and the combination of hand and machine quilting.

fiona d said...

I really like this quilt, and thanks for the link back to the original work on it - it was fascinating to read. I'm delighted to have found your blog through your comment on mine, I'd somehow missed your TIF pieces till now, so thank you.

Vivian said...

very will done!
You have captured the illusion of transparency.

K. said...

Wow! That is amazing. The colors and shapes are striking.

jude said...

this i beautiful study in color and i love the simplicity of it.it works so well. bravo!

juanita sim said...

Thanks everyone, your feedback is a lovely gift.

alsokaizen said...

I really like this quilt janita! I think the color blocks are really impressive and I like the way you worked the top too,I think the stiching really makes it gel. I'm curious did you know how you wanted to stitch the top from the get-go or did you come to the decision after looking at the top for awhile?

juanita sim said...

Thanks Lisa! This quilt hung on my design wall for about a year 'cause I wasn't sure how I wanted to quilt it. I took it to a crit group and one woman suggested circles in black thread. Later, I played around with an image of the quilt in a graphics program, tried some different things and liked the effect I got with partial concentric circles centred on one corner. When the machine stitching was done the effect seemed a bit flat and I added the hand stitching to soften it up, to add depth, and to break the rigidity of the black parallel lines.