Crosses - Gel Glue Resist

7 Feb 2010
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This is a piece that I used the gel glue resist on... a couple of friends and myself got together to try out the technique and of course, they've finished theirs and I still haven't! It wasn't planned out and I painted the crosses sideways because that's the only way the fabric would fit on my counter. I painted it with a mixture of different paints and then did some shading with paintstiks. I was happy with the intensity of the color after rinsing the glue... but I have no idea how to finish it! I keep looking at it and still have not a clue what to do next. How should I quilt it, embellish it, border it, finish the edges? HELP!


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DreamrKate wrote
on 9 Feb 2010 10:03 AM

I love this piece!  You don't ever mention what the dimensions are so it's very hard to tell exactly what you should do with it, but if it were MY piece, I'd back it, quilt around the whole of the cross area leaving the rest of the brown area alone. Then I think I would just do little seed type stitches in the yellow area, leaving the crosses alone. But that's me....   And then I think I'd use it as a wall hanging in my entry way. It's really lovely!

 

Kate

Zoldesign wrote
on 14 Feb 2010 7:41 PM

I really like this piece.  When I first looked at it, the irregular shape of the area where the crosses are seemed like the edge to me and it appeared to be sitting on a wood floor.  But now I see that the whole thing is painted.  I would cut close to the crosses and let the edges be irregular, simply fold the edges to the back.  I would quilt around each of the crosses, leaving the crosses to stand out against the quilted background.  More ideas may come as you start manipulating it.  Beautiful and thought-provoking.

jojo wrote
on 18 Feb 2010 9:03 AM

I really like this.  How big is this?

jojo wrote
on 18 Feb 2010 9:05 AM

I really like this !  How big is it?

deeheit wrote
on 18 Feb 2010 8:38 PM

Thank you. It is 21 inches x 40 inches.

Eanswitha wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 8:20 AM

I could see this with  celtic crosses ( latin cross with a circle) quilted across the background in varying sizes probably done in a gold/bronze metalic thread, with lines of stitching meandering from top to bottom around the crosses in the center

PosyP

karen lamppa wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 10:47 AM

I love this piece.  I would square it up, quilt the crosses, add metalic threads and cross-hatch the rust corners then send it to me!!!!

Pat Shaer wrote
on 26 Feb 2010 9:16 AM
This is beautiful. I like the idea of quilting in Celtic crosses. Belongs in something related to a church. Very inspirational during this time of Lent. Pat
marbarry wrote
on 27 Feb 2010 7:21 PM

I agree that it initially looks like crosses lying on a wood floor.  If you like that effect perhaps you could emphasise it with quilting stitches? As far as the crosses go - research iconic art and then add some bling.  It looks like a great opportunity to add all those shiny metallic beads and doodads that we all save for 'the perfect quilt''. The crosses are attractive so make them intriguing with more detail. If you go with DreamrKate's idea of using it in your entry way people are going to see it up close and will appreciate the extra dimension.  This UFO is worth finishing.

Lindy101 wrote
on 4 Mar 2010 8:16 AM

Oooohhh!  The church related idea + the idea of researching iconic crosses sparked the quilting idea for the lower left corner...one of the wonderful Russian Orthodox onion dome churches in quilting/outlne minimal contrast thread?

deeheit wrote
on 10 Mar 2010 2:23 PM

Thanks for all of the great ideas! Maybe QA will make a blog to post the finished UFOs and I will post it when I'm done with it. I am now inspired to finish it :)

on 4 Aug 2010 12:33 PM

This would make awesome wall art. I'd quilt around the crosses, do some background quiting and perhaps add some glitz with gold foil (see gold foil candy wrapper application in previous QuiltArt TV instructions). It's a beautiful piece!

on 4 Aug 2010 12:33 PM

This would make awesome wall art. I'd quilt around the crosses, do some background quiting and perhaps add some glitz with gold foil (see gold foil candy wrapper application in previous QuiltArt TV instructions). It's a beautiful piece!

on 4 Aug 2010 12:33 PM

This would make awesome wall art. I'd quilt around the crosses, do some background quiting and perhaps add some glitz with gold foil (see gold foil candy wrapper application in previous QuiltArt TV instructions). It's a beautiful piece!

on 4 Aug 2010 12:33 PM

This would make awesome wall art. I'd quilt around the crosses, do some background quiting and perhaps add some glitz with gold foil (see gold foil candy wrapper application in previous QuiltArt TV instructions). It's a beautiful piece!

on 4 Aug 2010 12:33 PM

This would make awesome wall art. I'd quilt around the crosses, do some background quiting and perhaps add some glitz with gold foil (see gold foil candy wrapper application in previous QuiltArt TV instructions). It's a beautiful piece!

on 4 Aug 2010 12:34 PM

Forgive the repeats. Not sure what happened.