Meet Convergence……part of my Paintbox Series. I’m really pleased with the rich, elegant look of this piece.
I’ve used my usual varied mix of fabric….hand-dyed cotton, commercial cotton, Burmese silk, dupioni silk, hand-painted fabric, and pieces of sheer curtain from my local Ben Franklin store….which is an absolute wealth of unexpected fabric treasures! In the focal point area, I’ve topped it off with a few heavy looking beads and a couple of funky buttons.
Which reminds me of an interesting change in my point of view. I used to call my self a Pure Cotton Snob. If it wasn’t the finest cotton fabric from a favorite quilt store, I wouldn’t use it. Gone are those days. Now…..I’ll put anything in my quilts. If it holds together like fabric and looks good, I’ll stitch it in. It’s been very freeing…..and much more exciting. In other words, when it comes to fabric, anything goes in my collage quilts.
That’s the fun thing about collage style quilts….anything works. Just cut out a piece, put it in place and sew it down. If I decide it doesn’t work, I just put another piece over it. Easy…..and fun. If you haven’t used some of these mysterious fabrics, you might think about giving them a try. They can add an exciting, unpredictable quality to your work…..and the hunt for them is great fun.
Here’s a detail look at Convergence……hopefully you can see some of those jazzy fabrics.