Jane Hartfield’s Contrast Quilt
“Blue and Orange”
The word contrast sent my mind spinning! There are so many contrasts in my life that I had to really work on focusing on something I could depict in a quilt. First I thought black and white with just a bit of color, then hand stitched versus machine, then old prints versus hand dyed or painted, then curvy versus straight, hard vs. soft, saturated vs. pastel…The list was endless with so much opportunity for expression.
I finally decided on color and shape. I chose a hand-dyed blue velveteen fabric for the background which I contrasted with a commercial orange upholstery sample which I had over-dyed. I quilted the background with square or rectangular sections accented with silk yarn couched in place. Then I appliquéd circular shapes onto the orange square. It is quilted with circles. The binding is made of raw silk which is fused and stitched in place. I like the contrast of the complementary color scheme and the shapes of circles and squares in a variety of sizes.