I don’t think this has ever happened before. I finished a quilt, took it to Chris Arend, my photographer, got the images back, and then wrote a blog post all in one week.
Wall of Sound has blocks from nine other quilts in it. You can read the whole story here.
I love how the close ups are interesting compositions in of themselves.
It took a long time (as in years) for me to get all of these blocks to read well together while at the same time hold their own as individual blocks.
Wall of Sound is named after the enormous public address system designed for the Grateful Dead by the audio engineer Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Here is what the original Wall of Sound looked like.
I think that if the Wall of Sound were a quilt it would like this.
Many of you have said that I should have a show where the backsides of my quilts are exhibited. I’ve heard this enough times to realize you guys might be on to something. I did spend about 40-45 hours laying down thread on this quilt.
So, this time when I brought the new quilts in for photography, I had Chris photograph the backs of the quilts.
I think I should have chosen a lighter background fabric, but I am very pleased with the photography. Here is a front photo.
And here is a back photo of the same section of the quilt. It is a reverse image.
I always use shot cottons for the backs of my quilts. A shot cotton is made of two different color threads–one for the weft and one for the warp.
This creates a glowing color. I believe shot cottons hide mistakes better than solid fabrics, but they still really showcase the quilting.
If I were to exhibit both sides of my quilts, I’d need to think of a catching name for the show.
BACK & FRONT
ART & CRAFT
What do you think? I welcome suggestions.
Wall of Sound is the second quilt made using this grid format with nine different blocks. The first was Dance Party at Tamara’s house.
I’m ready to start the third. Expect a finished quilt in about two years.