Recently, the Frayed Edges received a request from a publisher at Lark books to submit project proposals for a new "quilting with beads" book. (Lots of other fiber artists were invited to submit too -- it's not like we've got a book deal all on our own. Yet.) I really wanted to submit an idea using washers. I love washers. So many colors, sizes, shapes, etc. etc. And cheaper than beads. I played around with some ideas that sucked and finally put this together. It's very reminiscent of my later Anthony Ave pieces and somewhat similar to Encrusted Cairn. In fact, I used some of the same hand painted fabrics that I did in a workshop with Maxine Farkus.
I used 2ish inch squares and just started fusing them together in a grid. I was careful to keep a fairly tight color palette. Then I added some sheer pieces -- cheese cloth, organza and some weird green stuff that was wrapped around a bouquet of flowers. It melted a bit... which added some interesting texture. But I had to be careful with the iron.Then I quilted some cobblestone shapes through just the top and the batting. The washers seemed too shiney and reflective, so I sponged a bit of paint on some of them before sewing them on. Again with the grid format.
I wanted to try something new for "finishing" so I used a piece of dark green felt as the backing. I had trimed the batting just smaller than the top, so the felt lays just beyond the edge. I trimmed it with my deckle rotary cutter. I don't know that it's an ideal method... the felt sheds a bit. But, I like the overall results.
Here is the quilt hanging in our foyer next to the dining room. I didn't plan to coordinate the color palatte with the green wall in the dining room or the brown of the furniture -- but doesn't it look great?!
I did submit the proposal to Lark. I think it might be a bit more edgy than they want. Haven't heard back from them yet.