Monday, January 2, 2017

Second on the 2nd: A collage quilt

Please note that if you are looking for T Stands For Tuesday, it will be the next post up.  It will go live at 4:00 p.m. CST  (For International players. Not sure about CST time?  Just look at "Wichita" time on my right sidebar, then compare it to the country clock below it that is closest to you).

I thought I would start out the year with a post I created in January, 2012.   Some of you have seen it before, but many who are new to my blog won't have.  Please join me as I take you to my basement studio where I created a collage quilt.  Here is the post in its entirety.

A collage quilt: "from nowhere to noticeable"

I read an article on how to make collage quilts in the August/September 2011 edition of Quilting Arts magazine (Edition 52) that piqued my interest. Of course, I had practically none of the materials needed to make this art quilt. So here you find me in my basement studio searching for materials I can use for this project. Just like so often happens, I improvised, using what I had on hand.

Materials I began with (from left):
dictionary pages and bits of sheet music
hand dyed fabric (green)
commercial fabric (brown)
off white felt, cut to size of finished art quilt
Pellon (Wonder Under or any fusible)
black fabric of unknown type
more fabric, all hand dyed
green fabric left over from latest batch of monoprints

I cut the Wonder Under and off-white felt to size using some kitchen shears I have in my basement studio. (Note to self: find some scissors that actually cut fabric and take them to the basement). Sometimes you must cut, rather than tear!

I laid the Wonder Under over the felt, but didn't tear away the protective covering.  Then I laid all the fabric and paper bits I planned to use over the open side of the Wonder Under, propped the black fabric under my scissors, since it wanted to curl, made a few adjustments, then started to iron the fabric and book pages in place.

What a disaster!!! What in the world happened? I have NO idea, but the black fabric of unknown type had melted to the bottom of my iron and was now also all over the green fabric on the top right. I grabbed some of the green football fabric I found so offensive in my quiltlet from a couple of weeks ago, and quickly ironed it to the base, not even aware I was still spreading spewing that black goo all over the collage. At least I decided this football fabric was the perfect addition to this now primarily green and brown quilt.

After a few adjustments due to the size of the new fabric, I continued ironing everything in place. When the fabric and collage materials had cooled, I made a few cuts, primarily to remove the black goo laden fabric, then added a few bits of fabric to the mix.  I removed the backing from the Wonder Under and ironed the felt to the Wonder Under, fabric, and paper assembly.  Next, I proceeded to my main floor craft room to sew the entire collage using straight or zig zag stitches. I changed threads from variegated brown to black, then green, and finally a very heavy white. I used the collage materials to guide my color choices.

According to the QA magazine instructions, the next thing I was supposed to do was seal the quilt before I added paint, oil pastels, etc. So here is the quilt right after I applied a mixture of two gel mediums to the piece. Also according to the instructions, you should mix matte and gloss gel medium to get a satin finish. When this photo was taken, it was difficult to see that satin finish! However, you should be able to see all the lines I made with thread on the collage. What the sewing machine didn't catch, the gel medium did!

Once dry, I was struck by how much the brown fabric felt and looked like leather. In fact, I was so impressed with the fabric, I thought it was the perfect addition to the football fabric I had shunned earlier this month. A great flopportunity had transformed this piece from dull to daring, or as I named it, "From Nowhere to Noticeable." In case you can't read it, these are the header words on the dictionary page and I named the quilt accordingly.

Originally, when the black fabric was in place, I had planned for this to be the first of several layers. I had planned to use various paints, oil pastels, and Shiva Paintstiks, materials I actually had that the instructions called for in the next layers I would add. With the addition of the football fabric, the entire game changed (pun actually intended there!).

Instead of oil pastels or Paintstiks, I reached for the rub-n-buff. The beautiful metallic blues and raw umber

were the perfect additions I needed to color the dictionary page and bits of the dyed and monoprinted fabric.

Here it is in all its glory after it had dried. I think it will be the absolute perfect quilt or even a table centerpiece for Super Bowl Sunday, February 5. The size of this piece is approximately 15 inches by 16 inches and it is completely covered in a thick layer of protective gel medium. So, should I (or my Super Bowl Party guests) spill something on the collage quilt, it will quickly and easily wipe up.
I can't wait to make another one of these collage quilts. The next one will incorporate some of the paint supplies I didn't use this time. Are you using your existing art supplies instead of buying new supplies? I keep seeing "use it up" and "finish those UFOs" posts on my blogging journeys, so it seems to be the perfect year to do it. 


And for those of you who didn't see it, this was my contribution to a Super Bowl Party that year.  

I took the photos shortly before the others arrived.  Yes, these photos were taken with my old, worthless camera.

Now it's time to share your Second on the 2nd.  The rules are quite simple and everyone is welcome to join the fun look back.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or perhaps one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Any post, any genre, any artistic endeavor is acceptable.  Then link below (direct links only, please) and Bleubeard and I, along with other Second on the 2nd friends, will be by to visit.  I would also appreciate it if you would link your post back to Second on the 2nd at Altered Book Lover.  Please be aware this link is only open for five days, so linking on the 2nd is preferred.

12 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Well, your quilt adventure kept you on your toes, but the end result was great,in spite of it being different to your original plan. And now you have a special 'Super Bowl' quilt, that's something! Had to laugh about what you wrote about the exhibition pics I showed you. I was very disappointed, and would have been wild if I had had to pay the 18€ they were asking (I have a card) My computer is acting stupid again today, that will keep me occupied! Have a great day, hugs Valerie

chrissie said...

Beautiful quilt and I hadn't seen it before Elizabeth. I am trying to work out the time for the T for Tuesday lol. Will be with again for that next week when my daughter goes back home

Love Chrissie xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your Mixed Media Quilt turned out wonderful -- I hadn't seen the original post -so it was new to me and I enjoyed every step of it's way
from Nowhere to Noticeable!
I will look if I get this Wonder Under Material soon, since I think this comes in very handy for Mixed Media Sewing projects!
Yes always good to use what is on hand - but also good to get new stuff and materials as we can expand our playing field and express the creative ideas that we've wanted to.

Have a great day Elizabeth !
See you soon!

oxo Susi
PS:I would love to visit on 5th of February !

pearshapedcrafting said...

I don't remember seeing this - ha! but then I don't remember a lot of things!!! This looks fabulous, especially for the Super Bowl! You are also reminding me to uncover my sewing machine!!
Don't believe I have wished you a very Happy New Year either so…to you and your 'boys' I wish you the very best that the New Year can bring! Hugs, Chrisx

Darla said...

Sometimes the things we don't plan turn out better than the things we do. This turned out great and I like that you used it for the super bowl get together. Did you ever figure out what the black melting fabric was?

Halle said...

I do remember this one as well but had forgotten that you planned to use it as a placemat for your SuperBowl gathering. That brown fabric really does look like leather!

CJ Kennedy said...

Flopportunity :-D I'll have to remember that. Cool piece you made to celebrate the Super Bowl. Hope your guests were sufficiently impressed. And too bad the New England Patriots lost the SB that year.

My name is Erika. said...

I've never seen this post but I do really like it. It would work well in my house having the football loving hubby. I think the lines you stitched on your art quilt work too because they are very like the lines on the football field. I have also though melted fabric all over my iron before and made a giant mess, so I can sympathize. If there's a mess that can be made, I will find the way to make it. :) Happy second of 2017! Hugs-Erika

Anonymous said...

Another wcnderful quilet! I have been using color black sheets in the laundry and panting them with leftover paint from my brushes, the do feel like lesther too. Nice veggie tray. Who doesnt like a good crunchy snack. xox

Jeanie said...

You are so good at this! I always feel like a slacker when I see the wonderful work you turn out -- and how quickly. You're right -- it will make your table all the more special -- and I bet you'll get lots of compliments, too!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

♥ Thank you Elizabeth for the tip!
I found it ...
it is called Vlieseline/Vliesofix and so on here in Austria...and it should not be difficult to purchase it ...great!



Meggymay said...

A new post to read for me Elizabeth. Its great how you guide us through the processes, its a wonderful quilt.
Yvonne xx