I hung it on a cafe rod in my bathroom, next to a sunny window to highlight the quilting. As I mentioned in my post on the other blog, I got some smudges on the center panel when I mistakenly used a graphite pencil instead of a lead pencil to trace the leaf and vine design I later embroidered. So I decided to finish the piece, then launder it to remove the graphite. I remembered how I love the three-dimensional quality quilts get when they have been laundered, which in this case, added to the visual interest. Then I went back in with a lead pencil, drew the vine and leaves, and embroidered... just right!
This is a closeup of a square I made using some of the scrunched fabrics I dyed for the blog posts. I used free-motion quilting to highlight the design.
Here I tried to get a closeup of the border, which was created with more of the scrunched fabrics. Again, I used free-motion quilting to meander over the patterns of the scrunch. And this gives a little better view of the embroidered panel in the center.
I mentioned in the other blog post that I decided to call this piece "Tribute", as a tribute to my Mom, Step-Mother, Grandmothers and Great Grandma, all who were very gifted in various fiber arts, and who inspired me to work in fiber. But it is also a tribute to the many wonderful fiber artists I have met in the past several years online, who have so generously shared their techniques with the world! I have learned a great deal from you all, and hope to be able to share what I have learned with many more!