This month we will extend our comfort zones to include a surface design
technique that you have either used before or one that is new to you.
Alter a piece of fabric and use it in a small work. The extent to which
you use this design element in your piece is up to you.
upholstery fabric, hand wovens, various charms, buttons and embellishments
Surface design was a broad definition, and I chose to use embellishments.
This piece is totally different than any I've done before in that it
is so abstract. I wanted this to be the type of quilt that draws you
in and makes you want to reach out and stroke it, and many do. The
clothespin springs were the crowning touch!
A. Carole Grant
British Columbia, Canada
Commercial cottons, tuille, bronze net, felt, silk flowers, paint,
ink, beads, velvet, brads.
Fun, fun, fun...worked from imagination and dreams, and pictures of
my poppies. I always think of Poppies being in France [altho' I saw
them in England] and that was what was running through my mind as I
made this little quilt.
8-1/2 x 10” and 8-3/4 x 10-1/4”
Cotton and silk flowers
I made two of these. The backgrounds for both were painted with acrylic
paints and the background leaves were outlined with machine quilting.
The flowers and leaves were silk flowers with beads for the centers.
These will be sent to Ami Simms for her Alzheimer's auction.
Del Mar, California
The Calm of Night
Hand needle felted wool roving; variegated, metallic and rayon threads
for needle painting
San Leandro, CA
Lily Pond Garden
14 ½ x 10”
Collaged cotton fabrics
I discharged, stamped and painted hand dyed and commercial fabrics.
quilt is inspired by a picture I took of water lilys under water.
12 X 12”
cotton fabric, watercolors, beads, metallic threads, rayon threads
This started as an experiment with some
watercolors. I painted them on the fabric and thought it was attractive.
I was bored and needed something to quilt so proceeded to
quilt the piece heavily. Then I took a beading class a few
days ago and decided to use some beads to emphasize the different
areas of the piece. My work is rarely abstract so this is a departure
Saint John, NB Canada
12" x 18"
hand dyed fabric, polyester sheers, tyvek,
metallic foil, yarns, free motion stitching
Just a piece that I was compelled to
do because I was feeling stressed. I found the fabric interesting
and felt compelled to
vent my feelings.
Tobi K. Hoffman
20" x 25"
Satin, Angelina fiber
I thought to revisit the satin with batting
that I did earlier, but this time using different colors of satin.
The background uses
light blue and white sewn with a wavy pattern, then layered with the
batting, using thread-painting to add seaweed and highlight the waves.
The fish were then added as little pillow-like pieces, with Angelina
tacked on for fins and tails. The final
touch were the printed-on-fabric treasure chest and castle, because
those spaces needed
something. They changed it from my original idea of an ocean
scene to an aquarium.
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