My Milagros is completed.
I've been away at a resort with the bambinos… In between walks, swimming, games, bumper cars and lots of chats and baby cuddling, I was able to sew on the metal images.
So I decided to finish it when I got home….
Like the Milagros I saw in Mexico, the images are personal… they have more meaning for me as the maker than for the observer, but I had to make them interesting. They represent my exchange with the Mexican culture.
When you go into a Church you see pieces of paper and photos pinned or taped to the image of the Madonna and you wonder what poignant messages they hold.
I've used a variety of styles on the small dimensional images below.
I printed some of my textural images onto fabric and added a variety of other fabrics.
These consisted of preprinted fabric, dyed cheesecloth, couched tapestry wool and then the background is an old pressed metal tile printed on paper. I liked the look of the metal tile, so I added it to the back of the small milagros quilts.
The small quilts have thin cotton batting and stitched with a zig zag on the Janome 7700. I used an ordinary zig zag stitch and made it a little smaller than the pre set on the machine.
I used 100% cotton thread which allowed me to dye over it.
The edges of the pictures were dipped in dye to give them extra dimension. I don't have a lot of quilts hanging in my house but I like the naivety of this one, it's small, so I think I might make an exception for this one.