Image of a textile collage work in progress by Elaine Luther.

I’m a big believer in not talking too much about art while it’s being made. One should save that energy for the work. But after talking so much about being in a not-very-productive phase, of giving up even, in previous posts, I wanted to show you that I’m doing something.

This is a textile collage experiment. I’ve been thinking about, and asking other makers, what makes something a textile collage vs. a quilt? Because you know, I don’t want anyone to think I’m making bad quilts. This is an issue because I use abandoned quilt squares in my art.

Folks in the Craft Industry Alliance said that a quilt is defined as having three layers and being stitched together. Pretty broad definition, but still useful.

Okay, these are just two layers, and there’s also no batting and no binding. Binding quilts not one of my favorite things to do, so avoiding binding is a pretty easy choice!

I’ve finally gotten over some technical hurdles in my textile collages — I kept getting puckering fabric. Very annoying!

I’ve solved that and I think I’m on to something!

Will report back when I’ve got finished work to share!