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Danger, Danger!

Danger, Danger!

DangerWith all the recent workshops and exhibitions, I haven’t had much time in the studio.  Yet somehow the next Special Olympics piece is almost complete!  This piece is inspired by a young athlete on the NYC Special Olympics gymnastics team who is unsure of his own abilities.  Although physically capable of everything his teammates are doing and more, he resists trying anything new, afraid that he will fail or get hurt.
To make this piece inspired by his struggle, I created this piece called “Danger, Danger!” which takes the shape of a caution sign.  To indicate the athlete’s constant questioning of his abilities, I used a yellow fabric made up of small question marks.


Question Mark Fabric Cut to Size

Once the piece was cut to size with some careful measuring (and yes, trigonometry came in handy here), I made chalk lines where the edges and exclamation mark would go.  The next step was to layer the piece with batting, tulle, and backing.  I wanted to cut out the exclamation mark so that only the tulle would show in that area, so I tried layering the tulle only behind that section.  Unfortunately, the four layers of black tulle showed through the yellow fabric and made a ridge at the edge of the tulle, so I spread it across the whole piece and placed it under the batting.

Chalk Lines Layering Problems

It was then time to pin-baste and decide on a quilting design.  After playing with a couple options, I decided to free-motion quilt spiral triangles.  I’ve never tried this quilting design before, but once I got into the rhythm (and marked parallel lines on the piece as a guide), it was meditative and quite fun! The image on the right below shows the quilting lines on the back of the piece where it’s easier to see.

Pin Baste Quilting on Back

The next step was to carefully cut away the top fabric, batting and backing without cutting any of the tulle. Once that was accomplished, I added black bias tape around the exclamation mark and a black binding.

Cutting Away the Layers Complete

Now, I have to add a label and figure out a way to hang the piece.  If you have any suggestions for hanging a triangle quilt, I’d love to hear them!

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. Looks good Heather,
    I have seen quilts with shaped edges placed on a layer of net and a sleeve at the top of that. The the net supports the sides which might flop. Depending on the colour of the background it is likely to hang against, you can use the same colour net (white background, white net, etc.) and it disappears visually.
    But if you are unsure of the background, you could use some of the tulle you used in the quilt and it would not distract, even if it is against white. Is it very fine like bridal tulle or is it more like fine net? If very fine, you may need two layers for more support.
    Hope you can come up with something suitable.
    Sandy in the UK

  2. Problem Statement:
    Propose a means of keeping a triangular quilt vertical, planar and oriented such that one vertex of the quilt points upward.

    Solution Concepts:
    1) Working principle (WP) – static charge
    – Hang a rectangular piece of cloth capable of holding a static charge
    – Rub the cloth
    – Place the quilt on the cloth and let static cling do the rest

    2) WP – mechanical fastening
    A. Velcro
    – Sew small patches of velcro to the back of the quilt
    – Attach mating velcro pads to the wall using adhesive or tape
    – Attach quilt to wall by mating velcro
    B. Drywall screws
    – Use 6 drywall screws to secure 3 small plates to the wall
    – Sandwich the quilts three corners between the plates and the wall

    3) WP – hanging frame
    – construct a triangular frame from balsa wood
    – sew quilt to frame
    – hang frame by one point

    4) WP – tension cables
    – attach 3 alligator clips to three cables
    – clip the cables to the corners of the quilt
    – tie the top point’s cable to the ceiling
    – use small weights to tension the cables at the lower points


  3. why not use three hooks i.e. one in each corner..first connect the two bottom ones to the wall then stretch the top one to the wall…. hope this works…as it sounds good on paper 🙂
    great idea …your creation

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