The Gold Art Quilt: Between Silence and Shout

At some point my brain decided it wanted to make an all gold quilt. It could have been when I was going through the studio looking for things to donate to the Little Free Craft Library up the hill and found that I had a fair amount of gold cloth. Yes, that must have been it. At the time I said I would call it "Silence" (care for a pun anyone? and how about you?). When I started cutting it up and laying it out I saw the blues in the printed fabric, so I started pulling out the Japanese woven cotton in blues for contrast. It wouldn't be all gold, after all. The quilt had spoken.

I watched an interesting video on making bojagi (Korean wrapping cloth), and decided to use that kind of stitching to piece it together, which I believe is also known as "reversible seams," "flat fell seam," "flat-felled seam," or "felled seam." I learned about "pinch stitching" as well, but decided not to employ it. The piecing floated free, but I wanted a backing, then I wanted to sandwich in some words, then I wanted to cut a few holes in the backing so light could come through here and there, then I wanted to quilt it a little with the free motion foot. Sheesh, so much going on: a quilty party stew. I enjoy sewing bindings, so the finished quilt has a finished edge. (The yellow printed section in the binding says "I Heard You.")

Between Silence and Shout
18"w x 28 1/2" (46 cm x 72.5 cm)
Letterpress printing on cotton, Japanese cotton; polyester, silk, and variety of fabrics; tacked by hand and machine quilted with metallic thread

The stripes are the woven Japanese cotton I favor; light blue was a scrap of silk I either dyed or pigmented; the printed fabric was a cloth bag that a dress came in (!); the gold toned shinies I bought as remnants at an India fabrics store for a gift project; the sparkly white? I don't remember.

The words underneath, which can be seen when the quilt is backlit, are excerpts from other projects: interrupt; shout; stop; we try; not; do; birds

I did write a poem for it, but I will see if it can be published elsewhere before posting here. : )


Liz A said…
Gustav Klimt came to mind at first ... and though I haven't used it much, I did enjoy doing bojagi for a piece that was destined to hang in a window (it has since moved on to become part of a bed cover, lest the Texas sun disintegrate it)

the blues work so well with the golds ...
Alisa said…
Liz A – yes, Klimt and all that gold! He was looking over my shoulder, I think. The sun as the giver and destroyer, indeed. Thanks for writing.