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  QUILTED HORN RHAPSODY, AN ART QUILT


 

Quilted Horn Rhapsoday, a fabric painting-quilt.

 
  • This fabric painting-quilt offers a sequence of cloth panels, each of which presents illustrations of brass orchestral instruments on a colorful background. The work is a further development in the evolution of my interest in artistically expressing the visual manifestations of music and the instruments that produce it.
  • Construction begins with the creation of eight different sections, using a variety of techniques, including silk-screening, fabric painting, air-brushing, and cutting up panels to enhance the images of the instruments by complementary background designs. Each of the eight panels is 17.0" x 11.0".
  • Other embellishments include using pieces of cut-up predecorated cloth from some panels, sewn together, and thread painted. This last method uses intricately stitched colored threads to enhance the panel's color, texture, line and movement. The cloth parts are attached to the panels using appliqué techniques to form a collage.
  • Panels are revamped as needed until I am completely satisfied that they meet my artistic objectives.
  • The finished panels are assembled to form the overall pattern of the quilt by sewing the panel edges together. Colored border strips are applied between panels and peripherally around the entire assembled piece.
  • Cotton batting is sandwiched between the decorated front set of panels and a black back panel.
  • Displayed at the Chickadee Quilt Show, Bridgton, ME, July 2013.
  • Date: 2013.
  • Size: 51.25" x  38.5".
  • Available for purchase. Price: $1000.

 

 


ENLARGED VIEW

 

 

Enlarged view of completed quilt.

 


CREATIVE PROCESS

Series of fabric paintings with images of brass instruments.

 

  • Seven of the projected total of eight fabric paintings are created to illustrate different conceptual free-form views of the components of the brass section of the orchestra.
  • They are shown on various decorative backgrounds intended to enhance artistic interest.

Eighth panel completed in preparation for assembling the quilt.

  • The eighth painted fabric panel is preliminarily done. It and others will be altered to provide srtistic detail and satisfy my aims for the overall pattern of the quilt.
  • Not until all panels are completed will they be ready for assembling into a quilt.
  • Then all panels will be arranged together, their adjacent edges sewn together, but separated by black cloth strips placed between them and along the borders.

 

Panels modified by addition of appliqué

 

  • Modifications of the panels add to their complexity and artistic interest.
  • Here three of the panels, shown earlier, have been changed by applying segments cut from other panels using appliqué technique.

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Completed panels with intricately detailed stitching pattern applied.

Completed panels with intricately detailed stitching pattern applied.

Completed panels with intricately detailed stitching pattern applied.

Completed panels with intricately detailed stitching pattern applied.

  • The eight finalized panels, decorated appliqué collage,.are shown here in pairs as they are sewn together with an intervening black cloth strip. .
  • In addition, other black cloth strips are included along the outer margin to enhance the composition of the quilt.
  • After all eight panels and border cloth strips are assembled to create the front part of the quilt, an underlayer of cotton batting and a black backing of cloth are added.

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Enlarged detail of a panel showing intricate pattern of embellishment with stitching pattern of colored threads.

 

  • Thread painting is now used for detailed embellishment over the entire quilt. This involves intricate stitching with colored threads.
  • The portion of the panel illustrated here, taken from the last panel in the lower right corner of the quilt, is an enlarged view to show the details of the stitching process.

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The quilt is completed with batten and cloth backing, all stitched together with thread painting patterns.

  • The completed qullt consists of the eight appliqued panels assembled together with black cloth strips around each of them and bordering the entire quilt, with batting and backing, all held together with fine patterns of stitches using colored threads.

 

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