I was drawing a total blank as to what to do. My drawing skills are terrible and I really prefer to make abstract quilts. What could I do that would be in my comfort zone and still interpret the theme. On one of my morning walks (where I do some of my best thinking) it came to me, the old joke, What's Black and White and Red All Over? Well, yes, you could say a zebra with a nosebleed, but my answer was The Newspaper! Aha, something I could do in my style.
I had a false start with another style and I will show you that when the quilting is finished because it will go on the back. This piece incorporates a lot of fine line piecing, ala Kathie Loomis. I have done a fair amount of this in other small quilts and loved doing that tedious, fiddly piecing, but I had always done them on diagonal angles, as in these four pieces.
This time I wanted the piecing to be more or less in a grid. It didn't have to be perfect, but I did want the sections to have some semblance of being perpendicular to each other. I have never done so much unstitching and doing over as I did with this piece. Distortion seemed to be the rule. Not sure why, but I did make me nuts.
The piece is only 24" x 30", the required size. First I had to make all my fabric by copying sheets of the newspaper onto white fabric. I chose different sections of the paper such as the comics, TV guide, sports scores and the news. The newspaper banners were all found on line and printed out in different sizes. I can't remember the last time I put a border on a quilt, but this called for one.
|I had fun with the banners. Don't you love the Paris News with its Eiffel Tower with the red hat on top?|
I'll show it again when I finish the quilting. First I have to piece the back out of my first attempt and some of the banners that I didn't use.
Linking up with Off the Wall Friday.