|"Winter Solstice" by Sherrie Spangler, copyright 2014|
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!