[I must apologize (again!) for being late with this posting. I actually finished this quilt about six weeks ago, but encountered tremendous challenges uploading pictures, and getting into the blog. My sincere apologies......]
The quilt was designed using an Amy Butler Stencil, green fabric paint, silk fabric, cotton fabric, and lots of glass beads. As I was designing the quilt, my husband said it looked like a Three-Dimensional "Gazing Ball," and thus it has become this lovely piece !
The stencil was printed onto a piece of somewhat sheer white silk, which was placed on top of the "wrong side" of a gray and white "Leaf Fabric," and batting. Using the leaf patterns from the fabric, I free-motion quilted these layers using a Madeira 30 wt. variegated thread for the leaves, and Sulky Shimmer thread around the green "petal" structures. [This was the first layer of the quilt.]
I cut this quilted design into a circle, then using a bright lime-y green Sulky 40 wt. thread, machine appliqued it to another layer of the gray and white Leaf Fabric that had been covered with a shear sparkle-y white fabric. After layering this rather complex quilt "top" with batting and backing fabric, I free motion quilted all the layers together using a 40 wt. Sulky rayon thread.
The binding is the same leaf pattern fabric; this time, you're looking straight at the fabric which shows all the true colors.
The final touch was to hand-sew all those lovely silver glass beads around the perimeter of the Gazing Ball. The beads reflect tremendous amounts of light.
My "Reflection" Quilt demonstrates three depths of the one, simple leaf fabric by using additional sheer fabrics to reflect (or obscure ?) the fabric in each of the layers. The silver beads then "reflect" light from all the different light sources in the room.