Janet, who is buying my Intuition Goddess Quilt, asked me in an email, something that I had been thinking about. How to hang my Intuition Goddess Quilt . Janet said she didn’t want to just nail it to the wall, especially since the fabric is so delicate. I hang my quilts from curtain rings, but this one was different, because the top of it is bowed, not straight.
I thought of making loops that were graduated in size so it could hang on a curtain rod, but when I pictured it in my mind, I didn’t like the way it looked. Then I thought of when I was working at the Hillwood Art Museum on Long Island, and there was an artist who made giant hook rugs, at least 6’x8′ and hung them with Velcro. If I did the same with the quilt it’ll hang on the wall like an unframed canvas on a nail. With no visible hanging system and as flat as a quilt will hang.
So I did some online Velcro research, found out which Velcro could do the job and told Janet about my idea. She sent me her own thoughts on Industrial Velcro in this computer drawing she did…
…which I thought was really smart, fun and creative. I felt like I was getting a look into how Janet thinks.
Today I sewed a big white tablecloth on the back of my Intuition Goddess Quilt then cut, peeled (the velcro has an acrylic adhesive) and stuck and stitched the 4″ wide x 5″ long pieces of industrial Velcro to the top, back of the quilt and on the bottom corners. I did a test run using just two pieces of velcro (there are 7 pieces of velcro in all on the back of the quilt) which I attached to the wall with thumbtacks and it held beautifully. (The Vecro that attaches to the wall has acrylic adhesive on it too).
I’m really excited about this new way of working and plan on doing more of them. This piece takes my drawings and my wall hangings and combines them to create something totally new. This old quilt was the perfect surface for me to work on, because it’s so faded and leaves lots of room for my drawings as well as providing a great texture and history to work with. And I love working so big. It’s very freeing.
As I was working on it, I was wondering how I would know when it was done. But when it was, there was no question in my mind that I had drawn the last line. I just knew it was done. But then that’s what the Intuition Goddess is all about.