'Peeking Through', 28 X 18
Hand dyed and commercial fabrics, machine pieced and quilted.
Yes, I went for the obvious- the fence. Not only did the potential for strip piecing jump out at me, I was intrigued by the interplay of color and value behind the fence. I tried to contrast the more rigid man-made element of the fence with the organic, light filled area it enclosed, and tried to used my quilting to emphasize that difference.
The button idea occurred to me after I'd finished quilting- why not, the fence has closures! I lucked out and found a couple I thought fitted the mood and the place of the photo perfectly.
I enjoyed doing this one- piecing is an almost meditative activity for me, even when I do it freeform (without a ruler) like I did with this one,. The fabric I used for the bits behind the fence is not one piece, but several from two different value gradations I did last year. I knew I'd find the perfect quilt for them!
This one intrigued me enough I may do some more playing with the idea, varying how the light plays behind the fence and trying different quilting ideas.