I THOUGHT I was going to bind and be done with this. But a few influences (later on those, perhaps) got me to wanting to add a moon and moon shadows.
To make the moon, I looked in some unlikely places, underlining my rule about COLLECTING UGLY FABRIC.
who knew I'd want this fabric?!!
Disk and batting to start –
I won't use a backing -- but there will be two top layers
I love sheers for layering to create depth and a one-of-a-kind surface –
sheer shirts and scarves layer well
This shirt has shown up in other places lately — a self portrait, for one… Its scenes of New York resonate to a child of parents who haled from Brooklyn. THIS particular full moon was in Taurus, and so, while my initial impulse was to make a quilt about money, the difficult transitions to fall/daylight savings, and the painful nature of attachment… now it had also to do with my father (b. May 19, 1929).
I like to use dissimiliar threads top and bottom for more texture
After stippling the craters, I flipped one of the lighter edges over the top (making a third top layer) because I thought the moon was too dark, and the fabric was there.
Then, because I wanted to make progress and because I knew I didn’t want to attach the moon to the quilt with a loose satin stitch, I machine-stitched the lunar edges under. (BTW, do you see those two men in the foreground of the grey landscape?!! This reference to the “man (or men) in the moon” not only affirms my love of visual puns, it does direct homage to my father, who was a true Master of the Pun.
On a different day, I might have decided to tuck these edges under by hand.
Now, I wanted to make moon shadows.
rejected this treatment of moonlight
More on that tomorrow! (This treatment was soundly rejected!)
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