Challenge Piece – the home stretch and big reveal

This time I didn’t try to ice-dye fabric for the binding.  Instead I auditioned from my stash and picked out this batik.

river002Lesson Learned:

  • From now on, make binding wider than two inches!  This piece is quite thick in some places (the stretch corduroy) and then the sky is thinner since it’s one piece of ice-dyed cotton.

And here we have the finished piece!

I’m pleased that:

  • I experimented with the sky and the river fabric instead of persevering with something that wasn’t the best choice.
  • I tweaked the method taught in Ana Buzzalino’s workshop by ice dyeing the land and the sky in two separate sessions
  • I was brave enough to free motion quilt using my beloved Valdani variegated cottons
  • I got it finished in time for the retreat — need I add I was sewing on binding the day before it started!
  • This piece actually looks better from a distance.  This became apparent at the retreat when it was displayed in the dining room of the college.  At home the farthest I can get from my design wall is only about 12 feet.   If you have any ideas of how to show that in a photo online, speak up, don’t be shy!
  • My favorite fabric is the shiny, glittery strip towards the bottom below the darker strip.  This is one of Hoffman California’s Bliss Blenders and it overdyed stunningly, which was what I hoped would happen.

 

 

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  1. The Challenge Piece that was never revealed … | Text/Isle Says:

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