Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Truly Liberated Quilt

It was kind of a busy weekend around here. My sister came up for a visit so I had to do some cleaning I'd been putting off. It was good to have that kind of motivation ;- )

Since I haven't been stitching for the last few (several?) days I decided to finally show you the first quilt I made for that one-on-one swap I did awhile back. This is the one that my husband wouldn't let me give away when he found out that was the plan! (It's a little dark in this photo.)


"Cosmic Goddesses" is roughly 17" square. I started by free piecing the stars, then used scraps to soften the sides of the batik face panels and make the sawtooth strips.

Other scraps were used to fill in around the stars and faces.

I couldn't even imagine machine quilting this top. Instead, sparkling it up with beads and sequins seemed like the thing to do. I also did some outline stitching along the seamlines in the centers of the star blocks.

Pat at Gatherings found pastel colored sequins at Eastertime and generously shared some with me. The aqua sequins were perfect for this project. I used a lot of tiny star sequins too!

To me, this quilt epitomizes liberated quiltmaking. It was completely free-form, unplanned, and spontaneous - everything that a liberated quilt should be. I had a blast making it, right down to sewing on the last sequin, and it shows. Which is probaly why my husband wouldn't let me give it away!

11 comments:

Finn said...

Its gorgeous Sue!! So happy that DH convinced you to keep it *VBS* Love the fabric and embellishing. Big hugs, Finn

Barbara C said...

Great quilt Sue! It has a lot of vitality and movement. I love how the batik masks are so well incorporated into the whole piece.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

so great your husband appreciates all your hard work and joy.

Sharon said...

I can see why your DH made you keep it - it's great! I love the colors, the wonkiness, and the sequins! So, do I understand this right? You did beading which is essentially the quilting?? It looks like you had a blast with all the sequins and beads!

Clare said...

I love the batiks. I too can see why your husband made yo ukeep it. No rush about the blocks. Summmer is finally here.

Helen Conway said...

Oh I love this - I think liberated quilts are just the best - all the fun and all the dynamism without that tedious measuring and frog stitching! In fact i think I might put my demanding NYB blocks right back in the box and spend tonight making a liverated one myself!

Shelina said...

It is gorgeous quilt. I can see why your DH wants to keep it!

Shelina said...

So, since I have a quilt in the works that could use this kind of treatment, just making sure. You used the beads and sequins to hold your three layers together instead of quilting, right?

andsewitis Holly said...

I love Cosmic Goddess. You are a natural at this liberated stuff and have a good eye for color. Beautiful.

comicbooklady said...

This is truly an awesome quilt! I love the bright batiks!

Lynn E said...

Your vision is an inspiration. I am glad I found your blog