Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Current Work In Progress

This started as a retirement present.  But not anymore.  I like it so much, I am keeping it for myself :-).  But first of course, I have to figure out how to quilt it.

I have had a lot of fun with this piece.  First when researching correct abdomen definition of male ballet dancers for when I quilt it, I found quite a bit of discussion on why modern day male dancers of all types stuff their fronts!  You know for definition below the abs :-).  Second, I have had the fabric I used for the outer boarder for awhile.  It was inspiration for the color palette for the piece.  But when it came time to actually add the boarder, I could not use the fabric as it came off the bolt.  The circles were too big and too far about for my needs.  So instead, I had to fussy cut the circles from their existing black background and with fusible create the new boarder fabric.  I rather like the effect with the half circles circling the top.  Next, I started having fun with how I will embellish the dancer.  He is actually wearing a loincloth underneath the ribbon sheath I have pinned on.  But I know once he is quilted, I will shape the sheath and add additional embellishments.  More fun waiting to happen.

I know I want to do some type of hieroglyphic quilting in the background behind the dancer.  I have a Superior Rainbow that will just blend right into the background, while still adding a punch.  I know from my research, I want to add some definition to the dancers abs, to make him not only look more realistic, but also to provide for even quilting in the center.

The piece measures just under 48" x 60".  It is a lot bigger than I originally envisioned, but I am loving every inch!

Hugs, Renee

1 comment:

Mary Anne said...

Looking good - can't wait to see where this piece takes you.