The black portions of the ‘before’ were quilted with black rayon threads in the same circle motif. This piece disturbed me in much the same way “Ferns and Feathers” has bothered me. The solution was to cut out the quilted black holes and place hand and commercially-dyed fabric behind the quilt top & reverse appliqué. The quilting in these areas is gently curving lines to add some contrast to the circular quilting throughout the rest of the piece. Then I added some foil in certain areas to add sparkle and a slightly different texture. This piece was accepted in the 2004 Pennsylvania Extravaganza show last fall.
I’ll let you know how it all turns out – once it is completed! Thanks again, one and all!