And here we have it, my second Wings quilt. This one is a red batik on plain black background, about 20x20" square. To make the background not so plain I used bright variegated thread to quilt curlicues in the background. It's all hand appliqued and hand quilted. I named it "Wings of Red".
Thursday, February 10, 2011
A few months ago I started thinking about wings. Not bird wings, angels, or any other creatures, real or mythical ... just wings. To me they represent freedom, individuality, an independent spirit. I've been hunting online for pictures of wings other people have drawn, particularly in tattoos, and I've found so many great inspirations.
So this is my first attempt at a wings quilt. I just called it "Wings.1". It's about 19 x 30". I drew it freehand on freezer-paper first, then made a cardboard template, found some groovy fabric for the wings themselves and away we went. It's completely appliqued and quilted by hand. I used variegated blue quilting thread
Once I got it all appliqued came the job of how to quilt it. I mainly quilted around the wing sections in the ditch, some echo areas, some hearts and things in places. Then I had a neat off-kilter heart shape I'd used in my self-prortrait quilt and thought it would be cool coming out in all directions around the wings. I think it looks ok. I made the borders out of a nice teal that looks good with the main wing fabric, cut the borders in different widths each, and extended the hearts into it. Have a look at the back of the quilt to get a better idea of what I mean.
Wings.2 is in the works ... it's red batik on a black background. Not sure yet what I'll do for the background quilting, but I have some really neat red, orange, and red shimmery thread to quilt it with. Stay tuned for Wings.2.