Earlier I mentioned pieces that I kept pulling off my design wall to make room for work that was flowing more easily and I actually had a plan for. I estimate “Vertigo” was on and off the design wall at least four times, which is the whiplash part of my post’s title. The name itself comes from a viewer’s initial reaction.
In this post I talked about photos I had printed on fabric. As is usually the case, I didn’t want to cut up my printed fabric so it languished in the closet. What better time than a pandemic to force oneself to stop viewing that fabric as too precious to use. I worked on the mirror fabric for a bit, but got truly stuck. I’ll save that one for another time. Then, I took my rotary cutter to the footbridge fabric. It began like this.
I guess all those straight lines made me think of curves, because that’s what I turned it into.
I added fabric from my mark making class and solid organic cottons, which are lovely to work with. Finally I got the curve I wanted and cut the sides to be mirror images. The middle took a bit more time as I auditioned fabrics.
The color of the hand dyed fabric (a gift) I eventually chose evokes rust and the pattern is bold enough to contrast with the black and white. However, it needed something to keep the image from resembling the Eye of Sauron. At first the gray and white strip went straight down the middle, but on the advice of a perceptive friend I gave it a curve.
After all the angst of fabric choices construction was surprisingly easy. Big curves are much easier to sew than 4 inch ones. “Vertigo” now waits its turn in the quilting queue.
I’m linking to Off The Wall Fridays.