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Thread: Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie

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    Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie

    When I saw that painting in a book, I had a light bulb moment! Wow, that would be such a challenge to translate it into a quilt. I just finished my EQ7 advanced layout course with Fran Gonzalez at Quilt University and was up for the challenge. With the poster 25X25 of the real thing, I designed it by multiplying the patches by 2 since the painting itself is 50X50. I ended up with 48 blocks. I cannot envision making this quilt without that software. I had so much fun while doing it. Then, I did the cutting block by block. I put every pieces for one block in a file folder. Assembled all the blocks and sewed them in rows. I quilted in the ditch all the white patches. My question is now, what about the patches that are too big not to be more quilted. I have 5 or 6 white pieces that are very big, I'm afraid the batting will migrate. It's a thin 100% cotton. It's a wall hanging and I don't think I'll ever wash it. Probably vacuum it once in a while. What do you think? One more thing: I now have in my bucket list "Go to the MOMA" to see the real painting.
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    What creativity - I would never have thought to make it into a wall hanging. It is good that you got to put your newly acquired skills to use. I am not sure about the batting but would use one that had the largest space between quilting that is the loft you are wanting. Since it is a wall hanging I think it will be fine. If you don't feel comfortable how about some straight line quilting in white that will kind of disappear?

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    Outstanding. Great work.

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    brilliant!
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    Awesome!!!!! I agree with the straight line quilting, white or maybe tranparent!

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    nicely done
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    That is super cool.

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    Wow! That is stunning!

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    OUTSTANDING job. I love that so much!

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    wow what a different quilt

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    I like how you think and that you have the talent to do it!!!

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    It just draws you in. You did a fantastic job

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    Do some straight lines following the pattern. If you don't do something the large unquilted spots will sag frm gravity. Ask me how I know,lol. Love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    brilliant!
    i repeat...brilliant

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    Beautiful. I think I would do a minimum of straight line quilting following the lines of the rectangles around the plain white spaces.

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    I love it!
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    OMG I love Mondrian and I love your quilt!!!! Awesome job!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vickimc View Post
    Do some straight lines following the pattern. If you don't do something the large unquilted spots will sag frm gravity. Ask me how I know,lol. Love it
    What about quilting the big spaces by hand only taking the backing and the batting? Would that work? I'm afraid of not respecting the style of the painting if I put lines where it should be even. The batting I used sould be quilted every four inches. My big white piece is 14 by 8! AAAAA Merdouille (mild swearing in french!!!) Such a rookie error.

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    Absolutely love it! Piet Mondrian would love to see what you did.

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    very cool! speaks tons for the math involved in quilting. Love that you took on the challenge.
    Reminds me of a Tokyo subway quilt I saw once on Oh Franson! I think.

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    It reminds me of a video game.. pac man! Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaMRB View Post
    very cool! speaks tons for the math involved in quilting. Love that you took on the challenge.
    Reminds me of a Tokyo subway quilt I saw once on Oh Franson! I think.
    The beauty of this board is to make us know more about quilting. Thank you Linda, I now know about Tokyo subway quilt. WOW this is too cool.

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    What a fantastic quilt! Great job!

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    What an amazing accomplishment - thanks for sharing this terrific piece of work. Definitely go to the museum - your head will really be flying then!!
    KEEP CALM and CARRY ON!!

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    Wow, that's totally amazing!! You are a very talented lady. I think puttin in any type of stitches will alter the look you are trying to capture. I honestly don't think migrating will be an issue since it's only going to hang. If you ever do wash it, I'd opt for putting a few basting stitches in the large areas to hold it and then I'd soak it to wash and rinse, roll it in a big towel and gently squeeze out excess water. Then, take out the basting stitches and dry it flat like a sweater. If you feel compelled to stitch, I'd take a few stitches from the back and only catch the batting and backing together. Good luck, it's a work of art!!
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