Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Uncle Albert’s Reverie

“Uncle Albert’s Reverie” (2012)
Cotton fabric, paper, gel medium, acrylic textile paint, cotton thread,
wool/polyester batting, cotton thread. Free-motion quilted.

I started this piece two years ago… or was it three years ago?… in a great class with Judy Coates Perez at International Quilt Festival – Houston. It’s been hanging on my design wall since then. A few months ago, I pulled it down and quilted it, and a few days ago, I faced and finished it. 

If you don’t know: “Facing” is a way of finishing an art quilt without a binding. I love how it gives the piece a nice crisp edge without the visual frame of a binding. I have two free tutorials (in a downloadable PDFs); one for a non-mitred facing, and a second for a mitred facing. You can download the easier non-mitred facing tutorial here. All my tutorials are available on my blog (in the “Free Stuff” section in the sidebar on the right-hand-side of this blog) or on my website (under the “Free Stuff” section). 

I called this piece “Uncle Albert’s Reverie” because it reminds me of the illustrations in the physiology textbook written by my great-great-grand Uncle Albert Brubaker.

Dr. Albert Philson Brubaker

This piece is 17" x 42". Here are some detail shots: