© m barnett 2003
Hand made felt, handdyed cotton
and silk rganza. Machine quilted with metallic and rayon threads.
We all protect ourselves
somehow...this shell, though, can be manipulated opened, shut, changed
altogether. It is, for me, a metaphor for personal change...though
the structure seems to change, the essence of the piece remains
I used rough edge applique
and machine quilting. My 3-D featured are the water lily, the beaded
fish eggs and the fancy yarns.
17 1/2" x 17 1/2"
Out of this World
17 ½" x 17 ½"
Kathryn Leinbach Brown
Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
This quilt was made as a response
to a 3D quilt challenge offered on Quiltart.com. The quilt continues
my space series with pieces stuffed with batting, and copper wire floating
around the shapes. All fabric is 100% cotton with cotton batting. Free
motion quilting with rayon and metallic threads.
"Ode to Dreads"
was made to honor our 22 year old daughter's decision to cut her dreadlocks
The background fabric is hand dyed, the fabric used in the "dreads"
and head are leftovers from the stack and whack quilt I made our daughter
The head is trapuntoed. The fabric used for the backing
and shoulders is also fabric I dyed and stamped. The piece is machine
appliquéd, the braided "dreads" were attached by
"Ode to Dreads"
14" w x 18" h
so maybe i stretched the rules here so hard they broke. I
had been thinking of doing this for a while, and then the challenge
came along. I'd done some real quilty streams already, one for the
journal challenge last year, and a large 40" version i call my
My "Zen Stream" is in a 9" diameter Japanese laquered
dish. The stones are from a stream near my house. The "water"
is layers of organza sewn with metallic and sliver thread. No batting
- but it does fit the Quilt National definition of quilt!
The two pieces shown below are more obviously quilts!
Organza layers, threads,
stones, enamel Japanese dish.
19" h x 23" w
Cottons, netting, hand-painted cotton
batting. Machine appliqued and quilted.
42" H x 15" W
Cottons, organza, sliver thread.
Machine appliqued and quilted.
18" h x 10" w x
Wool felted on a wire armature
Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
"Treebeard is Fangorn,
the guardian of the forest; he us the oldest of the Ents, the oldest
living thing that still walks beneath the Sun upon this Middle Earth."
page 125, "The Tale of the Two Towers" by JRR Tolkein.
I have adored Tolkein's tales for
many years. Treebeard sprang into my head as I read about the 3-D
challenge. He grew out of the wool exactly as I envisioned him.
No, I am not interested in the movies!
I awoke one morning with the image
of woven sticks being the top layer of a quilt. The image quickly became
this three dimensional quilt with a layer of tulle as the center layer.
The idea of the branch in the moonlight came from looking out my kitchen
window one night. If it weren't for this challenge, I might never have
had the gumption to try all these new ideas. Every part of making this
was a learning experience for me!
"Quilt: 3 layers stitched together"
16" w x 17" h x 12" d
Hand painted canvas, hand made felt,
beads, yarns and hand made fimo
7" x 7" (flap closed)
15" over the shoulder strap
This is my 3-d piece... it is a 7 circuit
labyrinth, silk screened onto denim with soft scrub with bleach then
heavily quilted .. along the path & then along both sides of the
The words "Be Still" were screened onto the back of the purse...from
Psalm 46: 10
"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
as I grab my purse and run out the door ten times or more each day...
I want to be reminded.
Yin Yan: Two Sided Doll
Kimberling City, MO
I put the finishing touches on this quilt
on the day that Fred Rogers died and I thought that his theme song was
a perfect description of what I was showing in my quilt. I've made no
secret that I just love the neighborhood that I live in. I adore my
neighbors and feel so lucky to have such natural beauty at my door step.
I am showing, in my quilt, a slice of the area, our
little slice that has a lake, woods, our house and even the airstrip
at the top of the hill. They are all slightly wacky, because, well,
I DO live here afterall! In creating my quilt, I used paper piecing
elements , fabric modeling , and simple doll making techniques as well
as simple embellishments of silk flowers, dragonflies, lace and beads.
Welcome to my neighborhood!
San Carlos California USA
This quilt was made during the last
week of my mom's life--it was the place I "hid" from the world.
I made to honor the woman my mom would have definately become had she
lived long enough. It was inspired by the poem "When suddenly I
am old and start to wear purple." My one regret is that I didn't
show it to her while I worked on it--I don't know why I didn't show
her, that week's a blur except for working on the quilt. My mom was
an exceptionally funny lady (I didn't think that while I was in middle
school!) who was quick with a compliment and a smile. It's my hope that
she lives on in me--if my 14 year daughter's reaction to my talking
to "anyone" and smiling at everyone is any indication, she
taught me well.
"Sharon Audrey Brennan 7/1/39 - 11/3/98"
45" x 27"
commercial prints, clay pots, wood, silk flowers,
paper, doll, wire, and other "stuff"
15" x 14"
I was playing with some of the techniques
from the "The Art of Manipulating Fabric " by Colette Wolff.
It is harder to do than it appears. It was fun. Thanks for the challenge.
"See My Pretty Quilt"
15 1/2" x 18"
Mary Louise Smith
What better way to combine my cloth
dollmaking with quiltmaking then doing a three dimensional challenge.
All fabric used are from Benin, Ivory Coast and Senegal.
Cloth Doll and Miniature Quilt: Hand
pieced, fabric paints, wooden beads and cowrie shell embellishments,
wool yarn hair, 8" full standing doll, 4 1/2" quilt hand quilted.
Border Background Quilt: Machine pieced,
embellishments of red and black suede streamers and color beads at four
corners. Gold metallic thread, machine quilted.
Julie Zaccone Stiller
Boulder Creek, California
I've been interested in labyrinths
for a while now,
and took this challenge up with making a 3-D labyrinth on a quilt. I
used scraps layered on batting, covered with tuelle net, then quilted
in a big spiral, edges were covered with couched ribbon and embroidery
floss, the labyrinth outline was created with braided strips of recycled
cotton/lycra. Glass beads were added to act as guides as you walk through
the labyrinth with
Labyrinths to me represent a physical way to meditate, using all of
senses and including bodily movement in a walking meditation. I've enjoyed
using my fingers to walk this labyrinth, giving them my eyes and tracing
my path, spiraling into the center, discovering the rich treasure within,
then return back to the outside.
woodland fairy doll
15 inches tall and 4inches wide.
She is on a doll stand.
I love making dolls. Each one of them develops a personality as I stuff
and trim. Once the doll is finished it becomes part of my life and my
collection. I usually work in the wearable art field, but doll making
is a wonderful break.
A Purple Mood: Florgello