I was inspired by the Japanese art of Kirigami, the art of paper folding and cutting. There is some really fascinating geometry as well as interesting shapes you can make and I wanted to see if I could do anything with a quilt!
I started by painting this pink silky fabric for the front and green fabric for the back (of course I didn't have any pictures of it painted), and then free motion quilted the whole thing. I took the unfinished quilt to the laser cutter down in Norman at the maker space, and cut out a kirigami pattern. Of course (my trial and tribulation), fabric is pretty floppy so it didn't hold its shape like I wanted!
|the laser cutter at work.|
Even with fabric stiffener (which helped), it needed a pin on each loop to hold the shape. I've also realized over time, that while I like things with cutouts, I don't always want the back wall shining through. Sometimes that's ok, but not always. For example here the white wall (even if it wasn't stained) wouldn't really go with the piece. Check back on Monday to see the final piece and how I resolved the flopping issue!