Our theme of "comfort" this time was intriguing, and the resulting quilts have been, so far, amazing! This design was my first idea, but before executing it I spent an entire day trying to capture the comfort of family. That quilt was a disaster, frankly! So then I returned to my first inspiration.
I sit in this yellow easy chair every day in the late afternoon when I am too tired to do anything else but sit and read. In the winter, a fire is in the fireplace and I have a mug of hot tea beside me, and a throw in case I get chilly. Books have afforded me a great deal of comfort and diversion and distraction, ever since the sad days of February, 2011.
To make the central image in the quilt, the yellow chair, I first took a photo of the chair, and then I posterized the image on Photoshop, a technique that makes the shadows and the outline of the chair stand out. I printed this image, traced it onto yellow batik fabric, and then added in the details of the chair and its shadows with a product called Pentel Fabric Fun, Pastel Dye sticks. Ironing the shadowing with a hot iron, protected by a sheet of paper, made this coloring permanent.
For the captions under each photo below I'll give some other construction details.
|The stack of books was achieved by my photographing a little ceramic box that sits beside my reading chair.|
I printed the image onto fabric and then appliqued it to the quilt.
|This distorted image is an attempt to portray in 2-D the 3-D quality|
of this quilt, with the stuffed chair and the little quilt that
is simply tacked onto the front.