Yes, I confess to having done this. And it wasn’t my first garish attempt (which became affectionately known as The Apocalypse) that I cut up. It was a later, more sedate piece, called Partial Fulfilment, that fell under the blade of my rotary cutter. Here is the original quilt:
Made in 2008, this quilt was inspired by a detail from a painting by Gustav Klimt titled, in translation, Partial Fulfilment. (The title has also been translated as Accomplishment). The central (loose) panel of the quilt is the fabric representation of the detail from the painting. Beneath the panel was a hand quilted outline of a labyrinth, stitched on a piece of plain cloth. I wanted to use a quilted labyrinth as the background for a tree and, instead of stitching another circle of paths, I used the existing, hidden labyrinth. But that meant I had to cut it out of the quilt. Here is the result:
For the original quilt I had pieced borders to go around the central panel, and got a bit carried away. I do remember enjoying the process of piecing strips and more strips of blocks and then turning them into rows to make a frame. Once I had cut out the central piece for Tree and Labyrinth, I used some of the remains as backgrounds for small trees.
These three Shadow Trees were made in 2014 and each measured 25 cm square, so there was plenty of leftover cut-up quilt to play with and over the next three years I slowly made another six small tree quilts. Each one contains a hand quilted circle, or two. While I was about it I remade the trees pictured above. The plan was to hand stitch the nine small bound quiltlets together to form a small forest of shadow trees. I soon found that this was not going to work because the quilts were not perfectly square and the final piece would distort when sewn together. So I put them away and thought about what what to do next.
My regular readers might remember that I recently discovered the pleasure and quickness of quilting with a walking foot. While the foot was still on my machine I quilted a backdrop for the nine small quilts. I can’t decide what to call the piece (which measures 112 x 112 cm), but think I might settle on City Trees.
There are still a few leftover pieces from poor cut up Partial Fulfilment. But I think it is time to lay her to rest.