DYEING TO PAINT  38" X 41"  2000            Back to Gallery  

                 

The pieced background consists of random-width strips that were sewn diagonally onto large square paper foundations (6 ½"). These squares were cut into quarters and sewn together in staggered rows to eliminate bulky seams and to provide a gentle transition from one shade to another. The foreground grid was hand sewn after the background had been machine quilted.

Machine foundation piecing, machine quilting and hand reverse appliqué

*Jo Ann, a quilting friend from Georgia, dyes her own fabric in graded colours and she has given me samples over the years of our friendship. But there comes a time when you have to decide that the fabric aren't too good to use and this wall hanging shows them off to their full advantage. It is influenced by the colourful work of Melody Johnson.