Art can be found anywhere.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the son’s Molecular Biology PhD Dissertation Presentation – although I understood very little after he said, “Welcome….”
While he was speaking in polysyllabic terms, I was watching the slides, which included the frequency distribution in Photo 1.
I thought one of the shapes would make a great sofa sized painting in saturated colors – sort of a paint by numbers.
But sending a 4′ by 6′ painting across 2,000 miles was not viable – and he is not a modern art kind of guy (at least, I didn’t think he was.).
The next option was a quilted pillow top, because everyone needs sofa pillows!
Blew up the “smallest repeating unit” in Photo 2 to a 12″ square and traced it onto freezer paper.
The Stash contained a wine colored silk dupioni that coordinated with his living room.
Cut a 24″ square for the pillow top. Ironed the freezer paper to one side and Stash provided iron-on batting to the other.
Quilting was accomplished by simply stitching on the lines drawn on the paper.
Removing freezer paper from stitching lines that are only 1/16″ apart was an exercise in tedium.
Sewing every other or every third “contour” and then removing portions of the paper – then filling in with the remaining stitching lines saved my sanity.
Mid-stitching, this was not an attractive project.
Pulling all the treads to the back and knotting also tested by rather limited patience.
Found a zipper in The Stash and finished the pillow with a flanged edge.
In the end the brown quilting thread against the gentle shimmer of the wine dupioni created a very subtle quilted effect. The “smallest repeating unit” pattern is obvious only to him – as he noted – he looked at it several thousand times! To others, it is simply a couch pillow.
In an odd twist, when he received the completed pillow – he was very appreciative – but noted the design would make a great wall-sized painting to hang above his sofa!
Ha Ha! Your gut instinct was right!
I love it! My daughter would appreciate it, too!
This is really old post, but you never know when you’ll need to do it again. I just got some of vilene water soluble stabilizer that is water soluble and more fabric like.