|3" hexagon background -|
English Paper Piecing
|"Japanese" print backing (stash)|
I knew I wanted tea pots. I'd collected photos of a variety of styles, purportedly 'English', 'Chinese' and 'Japanese'. From these I traced the shapes...and from there I planned to create them in fabric.
Enter "Inspiration" in the form of Linda Kemshall, and one of her latest DMTV videos, in which she's doing a sketchbook study on the colour RED. Aha!
Based on her suggestion that one research one's colour, I looked into the significance of red for the Chinese and the English (I couldn't find much re: the Japanese but perhaps I wasn't looking in the right places). Regardless, RED has served as a colour associated with royalty (Imperial China), revolution (as in the rise of "Red" China) and the military -- as in the English "Red Coats" who fought (in vain) in the American Revolution. Those same "Red Coats" played a part in Canadian history...and then there are our RCMP "Red Coats"...and red is the dominant colour on the Canadian flag...not to mention the Japanese flag... (sorry; I can't seem to draw a 'border' around that circle to clearly delineate the Japanese flag...nonetheless...
I rest my case.
Today, I auditioned three batiks (from Hamel's Fabrics' Show Special in Red Deer last year -- thank you!)...traced the tea-pot shapes I'd found...and auditioned them in place using a Teflon sheet, because the plan was to fuse each grouping and then fuse the grouping(s) to the background. I'd not used this technique in a while so have to confess...this is the first time I really got the concept! Who knew?!
|Pieces fused together on Teflon sheet|
Next I placed them on the pre-quilted background. fused them down and quilted them -- using machine applique on the raw edge and a tiny blanket stitch (1.5 long by 1.5 apart on my Husqvarna Lily 555).
|Tea, Anyone? - Detail 1|
|Tea Anyone? - Detail 2|
That's all you'll see until the 'reveal' at month-end...but that's a pretty good "hint" as to what I've created, don't you agree? ;-)
I just love it when everything comes together...especially on a Wednesday, generally the "odd day out" in my week. What about you?
Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at The Needle and Thread Network...
See you later!