I've finished quilting "Ice Bridge," another of my mother's amazing photographs. If you've ever lived in an old house in a cold environment, you'll know how the ice can build up on the inside of a drafty window in the winter. My mom makes macro photographic art out of often unlikely sources, including this sunrise through a tiny bit of ice on a window in her home in Maine. I had it printed on fabric and quilted it. It now hangs (temporarily) on the front porch of my family home in Nova Scotia, surrounded by a 38-foot wall of drafty old glass—a fitting respite.
The original image (which was used with permission) can be viewed on Elizabeth Root Blackmer's website: BrootPhoto.com
Here's the original sandwich, which shows the image before any quilting happened.
One of my favorite/favourite parts about quilting is getting to choose all the thread colors/colours. This displays the nine I planned to employ, but by the end I'd used an easy dozen.
Here's what it looked like when the bottom portion was quilted and I was planning out the next steps in regard to choosing the thread colors/colours for the remainder. There are eight spools shown here, but in the end I of course used more than this. This photo shows the transition from unquilted to quilted, and how the texturing affects the original printed image.
And here it is once the quilting component was completed. I still had to square it up and make the binding, and there remained lots of trapunto work to do, but at the time I wanted to see it hung while I considered the binding options.
In the end, I decided to use the same brown fabric that was on the back of this quilt to create the binding.
Up close, you can see that I used a contrasting blue thread for the entire back of the quilt ...
There was a long Sunday session of trapunto work on the front porch. It wasn't as intensive as the "Glory" quilt, but it still took a long time to fill in all those tiny ice bubbles and the ridges of the ice as it met the window pane. Much of one of the audio books was listened to on this weekend day ...
A number of people asked me to post more photos that show the quilting and resulting trapunto work in greater detail ...
Here is the final result on the front porch.
And hung upstairs in one of the bedrooms.