In our ongoing series of fractured quilt pictures, my quilting group have been given the last of our picture segments to re-create for the year. Like this one I showed a few months ago,
we are each working on one slice of a large photo or picture. By the end of the year we will have 12 pictures, or rather the segments that go to make up 12 pictures. Each contributor will be given one group of segments to put together and finish off to have a completed picture. We have decided to put a narrow sashing of black in between each segment and probably a black border.
Of course, the slices of the pictures vary for each person- some have more detail, or in need of embellishment, or application of texture in varying ways. We have found them a real challenge, because while we are re-creating a picture we don’t want to limit ourselves to only copy it exactly. The idea is to think outside the square a little, and use different fabrics and bits and pieces to good effect: to try and give the illusion but not necessarily the exact copy. An example is in this picture I did one month which was part of an old rusting shed. I used some old tapestry-type fabric on the roof because it gave the effect of the colours of the rusting iron with old drying leaves. (Mine is on the left, Lyn’s on the right.)
For this month I have two pictures to produce and they look a little tricky! My usual approach is to look at them for a week or two and think about how I might do them- whether to do some fabric painting with textile paints or pencils, perhaps do some needle felting?, perhaps use fabric remnants. The first picture for this month:
Obviously part of a night-time city scape, it has a number of elements to consider. The buildings with all their windows and the shiny lights reflecting off the water occupy my thoughts.
I decide to go through my stash and see what I have to use. My first pick is this hand-dyed fabric for the sky:
The fabric itself is purple, and while the sky in the photo looks more blue, when I put the fabric next to it, it looks a better match than any of my other choices.
Next are the buildings- they could be a nightmare if one wanted to try and reproduce them exactly with all those little squares, so I’ve come up with this checked fabric, which when put in place could give the impression of a building,
plus the couple of striped fabrics for other sections of the line of buildings.
The trickiest part is the lights on the water, so I’ve left that to last. Taking a step back from it, I look at just the colours that are in it. If I can use a mottled fabric that incorporates those colours, I can maybe further enhance it with stitching to get the real shiny bits. I decide that this hand-dyed fabric might be suitable for that:
It has lots of bits of blue and green as well as the mustard-gold so I might be able to find a section that will suit. Then of course it will need lots of stitching to add the final elements.
I am going to put the fabrics together to make a collaged picture, attaching them to a calico background. The background is marked out so that I know the exact measurements of my piece, and I also make a mark where key elements occur along the sides, as this is where my piece must line up along the edges of the other slices being created by someone else. These would be things like where the buildings are, where the buildings meet the water and the sky and anything that extends or passes through my picture through to its neighbour when assembled.
Anyway, that’s the plan, what do you think of my fabric choices?
This is the second picture I’m doing this month, and it looks even harder!:
The only start I’ve made is that this mustard-gold fabric looks close to the colour of the background underneath the ice. I have no idea of how to reproduce the look of the cracked ice, yet…