Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Gingko #2 was actually begun before number 1 but they didn't finish that way. Again I used hand dyed fabrics and a striped fabric and the quilts are about the same size - 16 x 20?
As you can tell, I love working with bright colors and fusing pieces for art quilts is the way to go.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
When I found a design that I liked, I fused the fabric to batting and quilted my feathers. I pillowcased a backing onto the batting and began to embellish. I had played with soy silk fiber and some interesting orange material that I found at the local fly fishing store. This is the material that the flowers are made from. I added gold beads and some orange fibers also used for tying flys to get some sparkle. I really like the affect of the orange fibers as they cascade from the center of the flowers.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Marni helped with the title which seems appropriate because I am talking about two of our senses: Touch and Sight. My quilting also harkens back to designs from Ancient Greece and the circles reminded her of grapes and Ancient Rome.
I used a number of new techniques on this quilt and was delighted with the results. I did a little beading and a lot of wrapping of threads around metal washers to create the circles. I learned these techniques in a class from Larkin Van Horn.
I tried paintsticks for the first time in the stenciling of the gingkos. I bought them at the Road to California quilt show in January when I went there with my friend Denise. We also bought scrap bags full of the silks that are in this piece.
At that time our friend, Mary taught us how to make a new fiber using soy silk and angelina fibers. That is the wispy looking stuff in the left hand corner. I love it.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
I have always wanted to work in a series so in January I decided to pick a size that I would use for a group of quilts. They will all have gingkos, a striped fabric and some hand dyed fabric in them. This is the first one that I have finished.
I had a hard time getting into the studio this week because I have been teaching a lot of classes but when I did find the time I played with rubber stamps, stencils and paint sticks. Hopefully you will see the results next week or the week after. I have another deadline to meet on March 15 so I better get to work.