3-D Wall Quilt
I saw some free-standing quilt blocks in Jean Wells’ book Intuitive Color and Design: Adventures in Art Quilting. They were sort of a cross between a quilt block and a sculpture, using miniature deep artists’ canvases as a base. I loved the idea, and pictured a group of 9 blocks arranged together.
I bought a couple of multi-packs of canvases, and for the center, I got a cradle board. It’s a little deeper than the canvases, and it can also be flipped over and used as a shadow box.
I originally planned to piece blocks from regular commercial fabric, but then I thought of all my handwoven samples. I used to participate in challenges and swaps, and the samples have been sitting in notebooks for over 20 years. This would be a great way to get them out of the notebooks and onto the wall.
I started with my black-and-white and neutral samples.
I laid them out and auditioned various embellishments on top of them.
I liked the look of the white canvas around the edge, so I didn’t piece a border around the blocks. I used basting spray to mount the samples on the canvases. For three of them, I put a layer or two of batting between the canvas and the fabric.
Here’s what it looks like so far. I don’t mind the canvas showing where the samples aren’t quite 6 inches square, but I might put some kind of border around each sample. I have to decide about embellishing – I have some old buttons and a lot of beads which I would like to use, but I don’t want to take attention away from the handwoven fabrics. It may take a few days for me to decide. Then I will join the blocks together.
It should be light and easy to hang on the wall, and it’s certainly an improvement over leaving these beautiful fabrics stuffed in notebooks.