8573 Very Like a Whale

8573  Very Like a Whale

Sarah Long
Merriam, KS   USA

Width: 7.5"   Length: 10"

Materials/Techniques: Materials: cotton fabrics, poly/cotton thread, scrap batting. Techniques: scribble art, fused applique, satin stitch, hand quilting.

Artist Statement: When I taught my children how to make scribble art (scribble in circular motions, ending in the same place as beginning, then fill in the spaces with different colors) I wondered how it would be to put scribble art on a quilt. I made a simple scribble, chose a different blue or white fabric for each section and fused the fabrics to a white on white background. I satin stitched around the pieces with navy thread. I outline quilted just inside and outside the satin stitching, then echo quilted through the background. I think my scribble ended up looking something like a bird or an airplane or a whale. I was reminded of the line in Hamlet in which Hamlet is cloud gazing and says one of the clouds looks like a whale. Polonius, patronizing Hamlet, responds, "Very like a whale." This in turn reminded me of the Ogden Nash poem titled after the line, in which Nash pokes fun at poets who "see" things in un-prosaic ways. The fun thing about scribble art, abstract art and cloud gazing, is that there is no wrong way to see it. Each viewer may see something different from the next. Great art holds something for everyone to see.
Sarah Long

This quilt has Fast Finish Triangles.

This quilt raised $35 for the AAQI.