Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Changed - Cathy Ortelle

I might have taken this challenge too literally. I first heavily rusted (Change!) some Pima cotton fabric; it reminded me of a topographical map.

I then quilted some turquoise hand-dyed fabric to batting and overlaid the rusted fabric. Voila! Clear blue lakes nestled in Northern California mountains. I tried to machine quilt around the obvious places. Disaster! It looked horrid. So I ripped out the machine quilting and tried some hand work. Even worse. I don't have the dexterity to do good hand work any more. So I will be doing more machine work in the future.

I missed last month's challenge - sorry again. I have a huge Christmas party and my whole house is turned upside down and things are packed away. I still haven't found the challenge that I had almost completed before Christmas. Maybe it will turn up some day.

There's lots of fun work in this challenge. I'm looking forward to the next!


  1. Cathy,
    This looks so promising, would love to see it all. You may try to combine the stitching, machine stitch then hand stitch on top..if needed machine stitch again to knock some of the hand work back. Since it's so rugged looking precise stitching doesn't seem to be needed. Love what I can see.

  2. What immediately struck me was the fabulous color combination. It sings. We will be watching for the finish! Helen

  3. Yes, the color definately does the trick! Love your take on the word!

  4. Oh my goodness!!!! I am crazy mad about this one!!! I love the color, the texture.. the, the... everything about it. I can't wait to see how you finish it. There is one thing wrong tho'... it needs my address on it!

  5. I love the turquoise and the rusted fabric. It's a great combination. You don't need any more stitches, as long as the top stays put. Bind it and give it a geological title. It's a winner!