There has been a crisis or two at home in the previous month and I haven’t had much time to update. At last I have a bit of a breather and can show some images of my finished quilts.
Weather Warning was completed with a bit of difficulty. When sewing the tulle over the torn strips of fabric, I didn’t anticipate that the tulle would ‘creep’ as I sewed. Consequently, the tulle was too short to cover all the way to the bottom of the quilt. Making a virtue out of necessity, I tucked the tulle in behind the brown sand dune strips, and then quilted grass fronds over the top. I was pleased with the overall effect of making the dunes appear closer and more vivid than the rain-swept ocean.
Instead of binding, I used the facing method with Vliesofix. To be honest, this part was a bit ugly; a sewn facing would have been better. The corners were particularly difficult to finish nicely. Vliesofix requires strength and determination to hand-sew, and I really didn’t have it in me one week before the deadline.
Finally, on the front, I machine sewed (through all layers) some rain detail where the layers of contrasting silk had not created the desired effect.
Nevertheless, it was finished. The additional embellishment I had planned was omitted as I realised if I made the scene too realistic, it would have to be entered into Pictorial instead of Abstract at the state guild exhibition QuiltWest.
Totally unexpected, and all the more thrilling, was a First Place ribbon at the awards presentation. Equally rewarding were the many positive comments from friends and colleagues at the exhibition.