I was so excited about the "South" theme, especially since moving to Central Texas 18 months ago. My first thought of "South" was the delicious food we have here, the wonderful savory flavor, the incredibly hot spices, and one of our favorite Southern side dishes...spicy & hot Salsa!
This little quilt is comprised of hundreds (perhaps thousands !) of 3" x 1/2" strips of fabric. Using several different fabrics, I fused 2 layers of fabric together using Heat & Bond (light), then rotary cut the fused fabrics into strips using a wavy-edge blade. Now the sewing could begin ! I chose a heavy-weight red & purple fabric for the background, a medium weight batting, and a "salsa-y" type fabric for the backing. These were quilted together, and the edges finished.
To attach all the strips, I randomly gathered 4 strips, placed them on the background fabric, then stitched them in place. There were 5 rows; 17 sets of strips in each row. After attaching all those little pieces, I threw the quilt into the washing machine with a hot water wash and warm rinse. After that came the hot dryer. Yep ! All those little strips just went wild ! But still... the quilt needed more depth. I added 4 more rows in between the original 5 rows, and repeated the process. Still not "fluffy" enough.
Now came the hard part....hand cutting each of those little strips in half lengthwise. My poor scissors... my poor hand! The quilt went back into the wash for its 3rd hot water, warm water processing; then back into the dryer for the last time. Voila ! A 3-dimensional 12" x 12" art quilt that's 2" thick from all those little fluffed up, fused together strips :-)
As I look at "South" I think about a rich, savory, fragrant, super-hot bowl of salsa, and how much we enjoy this incredible / edible gift from our neighbors to the South.... Mexico !