Monday, June 10, 2013

“Cloud Illusions” (Visions)

Just finished my 12 inch by 12 inch challenge quilt. The word this time was VISION. With my physics background as soon as I heard the word I immediately equated vision with light. Without light there would be no vision. I have often taught the various properties of light over the years. My favorite to talk about is the reflection of light and the images that are created. In addition I have always been fascinated  with the reflection of clouds that you get to see in windows.

Since I am not good at abstract quilts, I decided to go representational once again. So I found an image of an old crooked window and edited it in Photoshop and printed it onto ExtravOrganza. These are very sheer sheets of organza that allow you to see the background fabric. I also had some cloud fabric in my stash that I never thought that I was going to use since it was such a literal image of sky. These kinds of fabrics look fairly bizarre in landscape quilts due to them looking a bit fake. This fabric did work as the reflection of clouds in the window, however. Then I added some gray weathered barn boards around the window. The original photo had red boards, but that looked too weird. It looked better with the only color being the blue from the sky.

The title comes from a song by Joni Mitchell called “Both Sides Now.”
Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds * that way
But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way
I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all
Thanks for reading.


  1. Wow! Great work, it looks so real. I have seen many a window like while driving through the country.

  2. Oh, I know what you mean about those "realistic" prints. I'm jarred when I see a deer or eagle from one of them tucked into an otherwise "from scratch" landscape. But you are right - every now and then, they can be perfect. I think this piece works very well.

  3. Unbelievable...what you come up with amazes me Chris...this is so effective...hugs Khris

  4. another stunning quilt. wow! Love the name too.


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