2/4/15

Project Quilting 6: Challenge 3 Complete

This morning I finished the hand-sewing on the Fractured Flower Garden quilt. My apologies to regular readers, but this is my link-up post for PQ6, and so I have to tell the whole sordid tale of its origin again. If you have heard quite enough about this quilt already, then I encourage you to scroll to the bottom of this post to see the label I made for it.

Project QUILTING

Here is my quilt. It finished off at 21 inches x 44 inches. 


Here's how it looks from the back:


It started with this sad excuse/attempt at a table runner below, made from "rose" blocks I made at a curved piecing class. Originally, I attempted to use my new curved piecing skills to sew the blocks together into a table runner. That worked okay until I started trying to put a curve-pieced border around it. Then things got ugly in a hurry.


It's been sitting in my closet for a year, and so I decided to try to do something with it for this orphan block/UFO challenge. There were several possibilities. I could cut the blocks apart again and try to do something more conventional with them. But the blocks were different sizes and I couldn't make it work. Then I tried folding them, stacking them, straightening them, cursing at them, walking on them, and letting the cat sleep on them. When none of that worked, I wadded the whole thing up and threw it in the trash. In a moment of pure madness and a desire for salvation, I pulled them out again and cut them into little pieces, thus:


Once thoroughly eviscerated, the quilt started to show promise. I started sewing them back together with black fabric, and my imagination began to run wild.


When all was said and done, I had this quilt to show for it.


As David Letterman often asks, "Is it anything?" Yes, I tell myself. It is a wall hanging. Here is the label I made for it.


I typed "fractured flower images" into my search bar, and came up with this image


from an online magazine called Demilked. If you click on this link, you can read an interesting article about a street artist who is filling in Chicago potholes with mosaics. How's that for making lemonade from lemons? The artist's name is Jim Bachor. You can see more of his work right here.

Today I'm making blocks. And since this is the second quilt in a row I've made using black thread on black fabric, I'm looking for something a little more colorful and easy to see. Nothing else on my calendar for today. It's going to be a great day.

17 comments from clever and witty friends:

Lisa Marie said...

I love your quilt! Wise decision to rescue that unruly UFO from the trash.

Maree said...

So glad you managed to rescue all those beautiful colours. They look fabulous in this setting.

quiltzyx said...

It's almost like looking at something through a grate - I feel like I can a*l*m*o*s*t make it out! Great job & terrific label too!

Lee said...

You know how you look at clouds and see them as other images? I see a (fractured) flamingo hiding in there....don't shoot me ;p Great save, btw; aren't you glad you didn't leave it in the trash?

Junebug613 said...

Once again, excellent job on this project! I love the label image too. What a neat idea the artist has. Making art out of something we all dislike. Turning a negative into a positive.

Kate said...

The label is perfect! Congrats on the finish.

Debbie said...

Wonderful idea for your label! It goes so well with your project.....which turned out great. I love that project quilting helps you open your creative door and experiment. Super job on this.

Jacque said...

Woot! Wonderful way to save the pretty fabrics from the trash...bravo!

KMSC said...

Great save! I like it better than the original.

Lynne said...

Jim Bachor does amazing work. Thanks for the link and for introducing me to this artist's work.

Your 'undesirable' table runner has also become a mosaic-like work of art. Congratulations!

Michele said...

I think your salvation idea was just perfect!

Jayne said...

I think it turned out great! I love reclaiming unloved or unwanted blocks and changing them up!

Snowcatcher said...

What a story behind this work of art! The places it has been and the adventures it has survived! A keeper for sure!

PersimonDreams said...

This is absolutely amazing! i just love how this all came to be and think you worked the challenge perfectly!

Carla said...

Barbara, this is perfect. It looks like stained glass.

MegsAnn said...

"Then I tried folding them, stacking them, straightening them, cursing at them, walking on them, and letting the cat sleep on them. When none of that worked, I wadded the whole thing up and threw it in the trash." Hilarious! I think every artist can relate. I sure can. Bravo to you for digging it out of the trash and trying again one more time. I think you have a great piece. www.quiltartbymegan.com

Trish Frankland said...

I truly find that sometimes a good swearing-at makes a project come together better!