Saturday, 30 November 2013

Rainbow Bridge

This mosaic is of our dog, Baxter who died last December. The title 'Rainbow Bridge' is a verse by an unknown author about bereaved pets brought to my attention by a client when I was auditioning the background fabrics. The auditioning was shown to my quilting group and Helena had the same feeling with this chosen fabric so it was the clear winner. The background fabric does not show well here as it is a gradation from white to charcoal.
I used 3 commercial fabrics all of which had segments of Linda's chosen colour. Steam a seam was applied to each fabric and randomly sliced with the rotary cutter into small bits and applied onto the solid dark blue background with tweezers.
I really like the finishing technique. The backing has a seam with an opening for turning. The backing and front are sewn right sides together around all sides and turned throught the opening in the backing.

11 comments:

  1. What a great way to commemorate Baxter, your fabric choice gives this technique a liveliness that a lot of fabric mosaics lack.

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  2. Great use of this technique and great tribute. I have read 'Rainbow Bridge' .

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  3. I like the technique and your colour choices to go with the blue. Again I think the blue adds sparkle. And such a nice tribute to Baxter.

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  4. Baxter has gone spectral! I love the gradient of greys, giving a sense of mysterious depth, and the negative shapes around the shimmering Baxter. As Dianne noted, a lovely keepsake.

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  5. Something very special and the way you have cut and pieced it must have been really time consuming but definitely worth it - it works so well and is a lovely memory.

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  6. Having know the wonderful Baxter, I can see how this little piece truly captures his essence. It is a wonderful artistic tribute and it brings tears to my eyes each time I look at it.

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  7. What a lovely way to remember a special friend. I like the idea of the blue background and the rainbow of coloured mosaics. It works really well. Hilary

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  8. Truly inspired! All of the colors work well together for a very touching piece!

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  9. A great way to preserve the memory of Baxter. The used of the blues gives it a very special feel, so much better than trying to use 'realistic' colours for Baxter. It's made me want to try a mosaic piece some time.

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  10. Love this one Colleen!!! Everything just works so well!

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  11. a gorgeous piece. i love the technique, the colors (who would have thought that background would have worked so well with all those periwinkle type colors?) and of course the magnificent quilting

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