The hangings were also made for the Loch Lomond Quilt Show here in Scotland
in May who had a competition with the theme Turkey Red. I started wondering
whether other countries apart from Turkey had inspired the name of colours.
I did some research and discovered Indian Yellow and Egyption Blue and
decided each colour should have its own hanging, making each hanging
monochromatic. To go with the title Country Colours I used flowere patterned
black/white fabrics to give each hanging the appearance of a landscape.
The landscape theme was further assisted by putting the strips together
using a Fibonacci sequence. Hangings are machine pieced, hand and machine
quilted, hand embroidered, foiled and hand beaded.
27 Houses high
I was travelling home one day on the bus over Barvas moor and thought
how it would look when lined with giant wind turbines, the wind turbines
proposed for the isle of Lewis are apparently the highest in Europe at
135 metres, I was pondering how high is 135 metres, my house must be
about 5 metres, that's 27 of my house on top of each other!!!!!!!!! and
that was when I decided to commit to the Straight and Narrow challenge.
This started out to be one border of another quilt that I changed my
mind on....I drafted the paper piecing and side designs. Also has gold
lame, gold netting, and lots of beads, and free motion quilting.
The Growing Season
I made it as a banner for my church during the green season or ordinary
times season. I did a fused gradation of green silks cut into squares.
The crosses in many colors represent the inclusiveness and diversity
of our parish.
Strait is the gait and narrow is the way
After The Straight and Narrow challenge was announced, there was a lot
of discussion about what meaning those two words have in our culture.
Two members noted biblical passages that made an image begin to form
in my mind. The first one is obvious: "It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom
of God." (Matthew 19:24)
A work inspired by cells and their similarity to bubbles. The size of
the quilt dictated the composition. Blue colours inspired by bubbles
and water and the complementary colour orange was chosen for a dramatic
impact. Materials include hand dyed calico as a base, layered with felt,
calico, sizoflor, tyvek and chiffon. The tyvek was painted and heated
to bubble it. The fabrics were embroidered and heat zapped to burn back
the layers. Reverse appliqué to reveal the bubbles which are made from
layered silk and organza's cut back and distressed. Beaded and embellished
Much of my work is long and thin, and I find the shape pleasing. One
of my students, on being shown this piece, asked "Why" - I answered "Because
I Can". The Moebius format (one face and one edge) was irresistible on
a piece like this...
I see the moon
I pieced and quilted as I went to achieve the wrinkled, gnarled look
of the tree trunk and a bit added in the ground. Various fabrics show
the melting of snow which creates mud in spots and leaving snow in other
more shaded areas. White seed beads were used for snow around the tree
roots and brown seed beads were used to show some mud glistening in the
light. Beads were also used to show some of the first flowers of spring
poking through the ground despite the fact that snow is still present.
Seven striped blocks turning each block...
The concept of Straight and Narrow, for me, lent itself to a liturgical
banner celebrating the Eucharist (Holy Communion). The themes of wine
and bread shown in the quilt through the resist-stamped and appliqued
images of grapes and wheat are very symbolic in the Christian faith.
The grapevine with dimensional leaves is also a significant faith image.
On a personal note, this quilt represents not only my journey toward
ordination but a reflection of my spirituality through the ArtQuilt medium.
Colors, shapes, sizes and lines that I liked.
The bends of the rainbow as the colors mix, as they follow the narrow
but not straight pathway from the sky to the earth.
Straight & Narrow Gone Astray
As I randomly arranged the colored pieces, I couldn't help but think
of "Straight & Narrow" and the different meanings it holds for people.
I began to see the colored fabrics as people, each heading down their
own "Straight & Narrow" path. Each colored piece of fabric is quilted
with a line of stitching running through it and continuing in each direction
to the edge of the quilt, representing the path. As I quilted the piece,
I saw how some people may be so focused on getting to their goal, that
while they may cross the path of others, there are still many other people
they may never have the opportunity to meet.
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Things that go bump in the night scare the fire out of me. When I started
discharging the black cotton and velvet, it was like your worst nightmare.
The creatures kept calling to me to be in a quilt. When the Straight
and Narrow Challenge was posted, I thought that it would be a good showcase
for the creatures. Night Creatures is an original design work. It is
discharged cotton and velvet which has been machine pieced and free-motion
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