Jane Hartfield’s Boundaries Quilt
All of our lives we are impacted by boundaries. Our parents set boundaries for us from birth. Next we find new boundaries set by our teachers. And so it goes for the rest of our life. Many of these boundaries are set to keep us safe, but each one is colored by the beliefs and experiences of our authority figures. I believe that many boundaries in our lives can be broken as we grow and mature.
My quilt is a riff on a larger piece I have made recently. I call it “Breaking Down Barriers”. The larger piece is more complex and developed, but I will include a picture of it to show my inspiration. This quilt is 40 x 40” and is whole cloth.
I had put so much thought into this one that I couldn’t do something that was entirely new.
The techniques I used in the small quilt were dyeing and over dyeing a fat quarter. Then I screened a basketweave design that I had made using flour paste resist. Next I stamped on fence posts with Dy-Na-Flo paint. Next I added foil using BoNash bonding powder. Then I started quilting. I used metallic thread to show the flow through the “fences”. The piece had distorted some during the quilting, so I fused a piece of Timtex to the back and then fused a binding on with scraps that I had trimmed off to make it 11 x 14.