Friday, September 6, 2013

Finished! Taming the Gorgons

I'm so excited to share this recent finish.  It was made for a black and white and one color show to replace my disastrous first attempt at the identity quilt, and was previously glimpsed here and here.  I have actually gone back and done another quilt based on that original identity concept which I hope to share next week.

The design was based on Greek architectural elements and is constructed out of a variety of gold apparel fabrics (the background is cotton).  I used cutaway trapunto to make the gold elements stand out and give the quilt dimension.   The background quilting is done with metallic silk thread as well as regular threads.  I love the curviness and sweeping arcs in the central design and tried to echo those in the quilting.  It's finished off with gold piping and a black and white binding that matches the quilt background.

I named the quilt "Taming the Gorgons" because the large sprouting feathers at the top reminded me of a calm, civilized version of the snake haired Medusa, one of the three monstrous Gorgon sisters of Greek myth.

I love the sparkly shiny nature of the gold apparel fabrics, for more on how I work with them, you can check out my previous posts.  Just keep your fingers crossed that it gets accepted into the show!

Taming the Gorgons, c. Shannon Conley 2013, 18" x 24"







Linking up with TGIFF, Richard and Tanya Quilts, and the unparalleled Off the Wall Friday over at Nina-Marie's

9 comments:

  1. Wow! that is beautiful quilting!

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  2. I love this quilt. Especially the use of those metallic fabrics and the texture that they add to the piece. The freemotion in the background in gold suits it perfectly.

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  3. Such beautiful quilt work and the trapunto really works well in this!

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  4. oh, the gold work is exciting! The line is exciting too. Great work
    LeeAnna Paylor

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  5. Breath-taking and I particularly like the quilting in the dark sections. Very elegant.
    best, nadia

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  6. Absolutely stunning. I love both the concept and the execution. This is my most favorite quilt l have seen in some time. Love it, love it, love it. Oh, did l mention that l love it!!!

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  7. An elegant piece, indeed! All of your quilting in the gold and in the black give it so much life and dimension.

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  8. Challenge accepted and mastered. It's beautiful! Love the colors.

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