Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Red Vortex

Quilt Documentation # 126

Remember this ?

Sneak peek from a couple of weeks ago

Red Vortex
Red Vortex was accepted in the 6th Annual Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition 2013 at our local Museum in Kirkland Lake.   Approximately half of the pieces entered were juried in.  The theme for the show is Digging Abstract.  Although it did not place but I'm always so happy just to be juried into any shows.

A friend also entered a fibre piece into this show and she tied for the Viewer's Choice award. It seems that we (as fibre artists) are making progress with being accepted into the “Art World".


I started with a small cotton piece that I dyed using the shaving cream method, some black cotton, and a red snow dyed fat quarter.


I first made a quilt sandwich and then cut the small monoprint into strips and applied them to the black cotton and stitched it down using a red-purple variegated thread. I kept echo quilting in a random wavy design.

quilting on monoprint

To tie the curves to the centre I decided to paint 3 of the rows, starting with a coat of gesso and then using a fabric paint mixed to match the centre.

painted with gesso

I then thread painted 3 rows of using the same variegated thread and then quilted the remaining curves with a semi circular design to try and give them some shape.



I added a facing and stitched it to the back.

before appliqued onto background
When I placed it on my red fabric I decided it needed something to tie the two together, so I extended the rings onto the background. I layered my red fabric, batting and back and quilted it all with straight lines except for the “rings”. I painted those with Tsukineko ink.

background quilt

Red Vortex
I added a binding strip on each side and then finished the top and bottom as a facing.

The “black quilt” was then appliqued to the top of the “red quilt”.

A sleeve and a label were also added.

It measures  20” x 24”.

Happy quilting,



Pat Merkle said...

It's beautiful!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Wow,Terry, I'm going to start following you, this piece is totally wild. I am a thread painter, doing all sorts of things and working full time as well. Thanks for sharing, love the threads, quilting and all are good to know as we all grow forward.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Terry, a favor would be the ability to follow you via inbox? Is it possible?

elle said...

Wonderful organic shapes and colouring!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...


Kitchener Quilter said...

Wow, ok, what a fabulous piece, such a visual impact. Great work. And congrats on getting it into a juried show.

Susan Being Snippy said...

an interesting piece -- it reminds me of the opening of a tv series from years back -- The Time Machine (not the movie)...

Margaret said...

Congratulations on being juried into the show. Fifty percent acceptance (or thereabouts) is very good! Your piece is very powerful, and I appreciate your describing the process for creating your graduated 'rings'.

Terry Whyte said...

Hi Caroline: I'm not sure. I don't know what that means.

Wil said...

I like it how you combined the top quilt with the background quilt.

Nina Marie said...

Congrats!! love love the red!

Anonymous said...

It's so beautiful. I'm glad you included so many process photos. When you have used fo many different and intricate steps, it's like you are 'building" a quilt...
I love the painted lines that continue the curved shape, and it's interesting that you started that early in the process.

Madalene Axford Murphy said...

Incredible energy in this quilt! Congratulations!

Regina said...

What a fantastic work of art, and thank you for showing how you go about creating.

Lisa said...

Very nicely done!

Judy Ferguson said...

The combination of the curves and the straight lines makes for a very nice composition. Red and black are good contrasts.