Friday, July 20, 2018

Bipolar 3: Balanced {an art quilt series} finished!

The third in the series is complete, wellmaybe. I haven't decided exactly how I want to add the final touches and the label. Otherwise, it's done. 

Here's the problem, as I work on the series, things come to me and, because I want all of the pieces to have some of the same elements, I can't seem to finish any of them. 

But I'm stopping on this one for now. At least until I decide on those things that have come and I don't know what to do with them.

On this quilt I wanted to give a sense that recovery is ongoing and left the raw selvage on the left and right edges. On the top and bottom, though I finished the quilt with binding. I tried to use a pillowcase fold but that didn't work because the edges were messy because of the quilting, so I cut and applied a bias binding, meant to follow the shape of the edges, which are sunken in toward the middle. 

The whole back of the work was a mess. In fact, all of them have messy backs even before I finish the work on the front. So to give this one a cleaner look, I added a backing. Then a sleeve and corner pockets. 

A good pressing and a label will put this one on the growing pile of art quilts that I've finished in the last year or two. Well, unless those nagging things force me to pull it out again.


Kaja said...

Could you finish them as you go, then start a new piece for the new idea, deliberately incorporating at least one or two elements from the previous piece? If you laid them all out chronologically they would show the progression of your thoughts and the way themes/motifs evolved.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Kaja, I think that's sort of what's happening. I'm never really sure what exactly it is that I'm doing. I want to add words, I think but then I think that the overall theme should be obvious enough that I shouldn't have to tell the viewer. So, who knows what I'll end up doing. For now, I'm just stopping with each when I get to this point. (That probably means that this is as far as they'll go. I do like your idea of laying them out to see how things change. That I'll begin doing once the other two catch up to this one.

jenclair said...

Oooh, love the black and white and the red circles on this one! Makes me think of all those "What's black and white and red all over" jokes for some reason and that makes me smile. I do have a love of black and white with a splash of color at any time. :)