Quilter in Distress: Karen Menzles
Rescuer: Nancy Schlegal
"Circling the Universe" • 21" x 22"
Karen: "I attempted to translate the formation of molecules into cloth and stitch. What dissatisfied me was the lack of focus and a sense of confusion about how to fix it. Although I have considered slashing, inserting, burning, to name a few embellishing techniques, I am stymied."
Nancy: "The colors of the quilt and pieced background were very attractive to me and I decided to keep as much of the original quilt as possible. I thought what the quilt needed was more variety and structure to pull all those circles together. So I decided to cut up the original piece and stitch the four shapes to a background quilt of dark-blue sky fabric. I added more circles and teardrop shapes. I also cut out the two-circle shape in the middle and two other holes to make the background show through. A ribbon was stitched onto the four sections and lots of interesting embellishments were added along the ribbon, beads, buttons, washers, earrings, etc. A back was fused to the piece and the front turned to the back and stitched down."