What a challenge this was ! Not because there weren't enough communication ideas, but just the opposite ! Having to limit myself to just one idea.... Or did I ? I started making a list of ways to communicate and came up with so many ideas that I just couldn't decide which of them to use, so I culled my list over and over again, and came up with my final list.
The next challenge was to figure out how to get all those words printed onto the fabrics. [Andrea.... I really wish we lived closer together ! I would have put your silk screening skills to good use and given your Thermofax machine a good run for its money !] Not having access to the silk screen necessities, I improvised using the supplies I had on hand..... many that came down with me from Anchorage 3 years ago. I printed all my text onto "Premium Coated Canvas" that I bought at Office Max - worked like a dream, and was actually very easy to sew / quilt through. Next, using Pages on my MacBook, I figured out how to put a 'shaped box' outline around the title: Communication, then printed it onto silk fabric using "Ink Jet Printing" by Jacquard. The Habotai Silk comes on an 8-1/2" x 120" roll and has a paper backing so you can run it through your printer. OK.... a bit of a problem with the silk. After I removed the paper backing, the silk kind of took on a life of its own. It squirmed around all over the place and I never could get it to settle down. Mistyfuse - where were you when I needed you !
Having somewhat persuaded the two fabrics to play nice with each other, I basted them together and then decided to use black and white piping between the text layers and the borders. I learned about adding piping from classes I've taken with Rachel Clark, Linda Lee, and Loretta Tibor (Anchorage, AK teacher extraordinaire !) After the piping I added borders using fabric that had vintage postal symbols on it (canceled stamps, envelopes, letters, etc.) Why did I round the corners of this little quilt ? Because the Habotai Silk that had a life of its own got kind of crooked and made everything else look crooked ! What to do ? Whack off all those corners, allow the quilt to speak for itself, and make the most of this creative opportunity (or sit down and cry !)
Back to that silk again ! It continued to distance itself from the background words to the point where the words were unreadable. Time to call in the troops ! Get out all those buckets of beads I've been hoarding, get out my hand needles and 50 wt. threads, and start stitching. And for those of you who know me well, any kind of "hand work" drives me c-r-a-z-y. Yet there I sat hand stitching every one of those lovely little beads; I must admit they do look kind of cool in a weird sort of way.
Would I change the way I approached this quilt ? You bet ! Did I learn a lot about the compatibility of certain products with other products ? Oh yeah ! Would I like to have a "Do Over?" Yes ! Perhaps learning all these things is one of the reasons we continue to challenge ourselves and the reason we share our trials, tribulations, successes, and triumphs with each other.
And now..... On to the next challenge: CANYON(S) ! Peace & blessings to all..... Kathy