Sunday, January 12, 2014

Life is like an onion

I am a member of several international online groups because I like working in a small scale and having a theme. Recently I became a member of Stitched. With this group each member picks her theme and makes 4 quilts this year in the size of 12"x24". My theme for this year is circles. This may sound a bit boring, but you will see that interesting quilts can be made with a theme like this.
My first quilt for this group started with a visit to the super market. I needed a big onion. Okay, I admit, I love onion soup, but this one I needed for stamping. I sliced the onion in 2 parts and let it dry for a couple of days so that the separate rings show better. In the mean time I prepared the fabric. The centre of the quilt is made from a piece of snow dyed fabric with a big black border around it. 
When the onion had dried enough I applied a thin layer of decoulorant plus on top (gold and bronze) and placed my stamp on the fabric.
This proces I repeated till I had a pleasing arrangement of 'circles'. After the decoulorant had dried I ironed it - a very smelly process -, but I was happy with the result. The circles I quilted with a gold metallic thread following the rings as much as possible. The other part of the quilt I quilted with a wavy grid using blue and black thread. This is how the completed quilt looks like:
 And a detail shot:
And yes I should have used a lint roller to remove the cat hair :-)
For the title I found inspiration in a quote by Carl Sandburg: 'Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep.


Margaret said...

A very neat idea indeed, Wil. I really like this piece! I'm thinking an onion stamp would make great hay bales...

Ineke said...

Mooi, en wat ben je snel! Is het niet zo dat er 4 quiltjes gemaakt moeten worden of vergis ik me?

Kelly L Hendrickson said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece!! And if "circles" bring out such works of art as "lines" did...You will have an amazing collection!