Friday, June 27, 2014

The Whole Wide World

I usually listen to music in my studio. The song "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric came up on random rotation. The words made perfect sense for this month's challenge.

When I was a young boy, my mama said to me

"There's only one girl in the world for you
and she probably lives in Tahiti"
I'd go the whole wide world
I'd go the whole wide world just to find her

I started thinking about the distance Tom and I traveled before our paths crossed in Westbrook, CT.  And how lucky I am that we ended up in the same place. Which led me to the idea of maps.
I pulled out one of my favorite photos of Tom, a very rare one of him sailing. This background fabric reminded me of vague land formations and water. I used similar colored fabrics and shapes to create Tom's portrait, and used echoing lines within the shapes to make him look more like part of the map.

The red dots are like push pins you might use to mark your travels. The numbers next to them are coordinates – latitude and longitude – related to 9 important places for Tom and me.  They range from Rijeka to Dublin to San Francisco as well as our home in Cheshire, CT.

Technical details
Finished size 18" x 18"

Materials: hand dyed fabrics, ink, fusible web
Techniques: raw edge applique, machine quilted with free motion stiching


  1. Great piece Kate - I love it that you and Tom have such a history before your meeting, and so much travelling. And it's great to see a map interpreted in such a different way from the ones I make!

  2. What and arc...and so deftly imagined. Nice!

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  4. Your piece is beautiful! You made a portrait of your husband whereas I made a quilt for my husband. They are lucky men! :)

  5. Wonderful interpretation. I love the shadow and light and the background fabric you chose is perfect!