Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice quilt

"Winter Solstice" by Sherrie Spangler, copyright 2014
I made a little quilt to mark today's Winter Solstice. I might use it as my donation to Virginia Spiegel's "The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer," or I might make another one. Details on the fundraiser are here: 

I haven't worked in this "fragments" style in a few years, so I felt rusty at first, but I quickly got back into the swing of things once I started pulling together some combinations of hand-painted fabrics to audition for the base.

I settled on a background (below) that I bought from Mickey Lawler way back in 1996! It's so vibrant and beautiful that I was reluctant to cut into it for all those years for fear of ruining it. I added gold mesh, lame, some organza that I painted and some variegated yarn for the "floaters" that I like to add to my work.

I covered the layered collage with Sulky Solvy and stitched away with gold thread.

Instead of immersing the quilt in water to dissolve the Solvy, I peeled off the strips as I went. I like to do this so I can see the quilt emerging as I progress. Now I'm waiting for those longer, lighter days to emerge!

Happy Solstice!


Robbie said...

Sherrie, this is wonderful!!! Very nice!!!

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Love it! Do you have any tricks for sewing with metallic thread? I always heard you should put it in your bobbin and sew from the back... but it looks like you were using it on top, right?

sonja said...

happy solstice sunset! your quilt is beautiful, colors of our sunset last night and would be a great fundraiser for a great cause! mele holidays, sonja