Wednesday, October 31, 2007
When the challenge was first announced, I saw this image in my mind's eye. And it's taken me days and days to execute it. The movement part was fairly easy to put down. The embellishments—which are not finished; nor is the piece itself—were to be things that I hadn't done before. I explored different stitches on my machine and then used a couching/beading foot to put the strings of beads down. And I did that using invisible thread. Whew! That stuff is really, really invisible, both the clear and the smoke. Now, I need to decide what, if anything, I want to do with the blues. And, of course, I need to finish the piece. I'm thinking of doing a pillowcase finish with fuseable web to secure all the threads on the back. Any suggestions are welcome.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I was excited about the challenge because I really enjoy working on architectural pieces. The challenge asked that we make a quilt based on architecture and that showed depth. I love Victorian Architecture and did a series of Victorian Turrets for my Journal Quilt Project of 2006. I had planned to continue making these but other things always seemed to get in the way. This was my chance to continue. My previous turrets have all been Journal Quilt Size (8.5" x 11") but this time I wanted to work larger.
I actually did not think it would take much longer to work a bit larger than to work small. I was very wrong about that. I found out that each piece when it is large takes on more significance to the outcome of the whole. This has lead to some trial and error and changes in my fabric choices. I feel that I have gained a lot by working on this challenge and am satisfied with what I have done. Learning something new, motivation to work on a topic of interest, that is reason enough to participate in challenges. This quilt is made using my Upside Down Applique technique, some thread painting and an off-surface needle lace technique that combines both applique and free motion machine embroidery.
This quilt is made using my Upside Down Applique technique, some thread painting and an off-surface needle lace technique that combines both applique and free motion machine embroidery.
This quilt was completed in December 2007.
When I read the challenge, I instantly saw a mermaid taking a nap, wrapped in seaweed, as she is being rocked to sleep by two sea turtles. I tried to use the background fabric stitching to also show movement as well as the seaweed wrapped around the mermaid being pulled by the waves. I also tried to twist the mermaid's body to show the pull of the waves.
I had several ideas for this challenge, but many of them seemed too overwhelming to get done in a week LOL. I finally chose to do a somewhat abstract version of seaweed moving in an underwater current.
The seaweed is fused applique. The embellishment is angelina which I tried to make as thin as possible (it is still a bit too heavy in a couple of spots). The whole thing is overlayed with a blue tulle and then machine quilted with Sulky rayon thread. I thought about adding some beading (for bubbles), but I want it to be more abstract than try to make it a realistic sea scene.
The hardest part was trying to get a good photograph without the angelina taking over the photo! On my third setup, I shot it with (natural) light from the side.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I have finished Challenge #14.
Well not totally, the binding is pinned in place in the picture.
At first I was going to do dancers. While having my morning coffee I noted a magpie trying to land on a tree...fierce winds have been blowing up here.
So, the magpie was the inspiration and wind is the movement.
I chose black and white fabric, because the magpie is black and white, and I have lots of this fabric which I don't seem to use. As I was working on the piece I was thinking of the fires in CA and the Santa Ana winds...decided to include some gold and red to symbolize the fires.
The tree is done with puff paint, I used raw edge appliqué for the bird, leaves etc. The quilting (the wing) was done with Sulky holoshimmer.
I look forward to your comments on my effort.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Guest Hostess - Tobi Hoffman
Theme: Movement with embellishment
Movement in Stasis: Lights, Camera, Action!
While our artwork itself does not move, the eye does; this challenge is to create a piece that shouts out visually the sense of motion. This is not about actual moving parts, but a feeling that there is real motion in the piece.
It could be abstract, a design that pulls the eye from one part to another or leads it in a path around the piece, or it could be elements apparently caught in mid-motion.
Use any form of embellishment to help create and drive the sense of motion in the piece. This can be something you frequently use, or something entirely new to you, but it should be an important element in your piece.
Design Element - Movement.
Movement is an effect rather than an element but is also related to the elements/principles of line, rhythm, and repetition.
Discussion - The following is included for informational purposes only:
As I began work on this year's journal quilt, I wanted to create a sense of motion into the piece. I think I managed this, with a combination of general design, fabric selection and embellishment; more than this I will not say -- and since it is not supposed to be posted on-line until the Houston show, you can't see it until Nov. 1st!
Due - Saturday, Noon EST, 3 November 2007
One final requirement - HAVE FUN WITH THIS
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Only about a month late with this one. I finally got my head together enough to get "My Dream House" mostly done. I still need to trim and bind it, and maybe add some beading? Not sure what else might happen, but here it is. I used a photo of an old house near where I live as inspiration. Definitely not what I live in now.
Now that it is this far, it could almost fit for the present challenge, but I do plan to do a new one for that.
Any critiques, ideas, etc. welcome.
Here is a detail shot. For a post on my blog showing more process photos, and the original inspiration photo, click here.
The past 2 months have been a "real" challenge for me, so having the FFFC gives me a reason to get off my butt, and do something productive.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I'm not sure where I'm going with this piece -- it's far from finished, but the next challenge is soon upon us!
I love the idea of looking through something to see something perhaps unexpected, but not sure I've achieved even the idea of that. The current plan, subject to change at any moment, is to threadpaint cobweb patterns around the leaves, possibly mount the whole thing on a darker background, paint some shadows and veins on the leaves themselves, and maybe cut the whole piece to the shape of a cobweb to mount between pieces of found branches.
The barn is made of deck-stain paint chips, conveniently textured like wood; the cobweb is variegated metallic thread with silver beads glued at the "points;" the leaves are cotton fused with MistyFuse; the background is a combed cotton blend of some sort that I found in a remnant pile.
Please comment with gusto -- honest critique is the main reason I joined the group. Thanks!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Finally got my challenge done. I printed on fabric a photo that I took looking out a window in the fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico last fall. I fused the shapes of the wall and tower, grass and water, then free-motion quilted the whole thing. It measures only 6 1/2" x 10 1/2", because I wanted to be able to scan and then post it.
Comments and critiques are very welcome!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I started with Mill1 - had it on the design wall for a bit and realized that the buildings were really too small. Revised, cut down the sidewalk/road and made the buildings bigger, which then became Mill2. This one seems better proportioned. I was aiming for simplicity and starkness.
thanks for any comments.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I love the idea of portals. (Love Esterita's work) we often visit ruined castles, abbeys and churches. I have loads of photos, but I have had this one from a magazine up on my wall for ages, wanting to do something with it.
I used paper solvy to print my sketch and then thread painted over it. It is meant to dissolve easily. But I found it difficult to get rid of it under the dense stitching. When it dries, it dries white again. The work looked pretty good yesterday in time for the deadline! But the white bits bothered me. So, since I had stitched it onto tea-dyed linen, I thought I would use a teabag to put a bit more tea on, hoping to colour the white bits of paper.
Well, that was a mistake, as it turned everything VERY dark, and I lost any definition at all in the distance. So, this afternoon, I have reworked more threads into the background, and brought it back to where I can cope with it! The actual piece is a bit browner than this photo shows, and the whole thing blends better, but the photo does show the depth.
In order to create the depth, I tried using lighter threads in the background and darker in the foreground. Using principles suggested in the link to the essay. I also used stronger definition in the foreground...often using 3 or 4 threads in the needle to get the mixture of colours and strength of line.
thanks for any comments.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
My thought is that I have mixed up surrealistic elements with more natural ones, and it doesn't work as well as I would like.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
fused cotton, paint
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge last week that I sketched out. They seemed like they would take more time than I had to do them in, so I sat on the floor against the front door yesterday and sketched the hallway. I made it simpler by just sketching the walls; eliminated the doors and all the stuff.
Scanned the sketch into the computer and then drew on top using straight lines. Added a vanishing point to check and fix the perspective.
I took some artistic license before I made the quilt and moved a wall slightly and rounded the tops of the doors. Took even more liberties with the colors. I thought I would make the whole quilt in warm neutrals. But lots of color snuck in before I was done. I used a piece of fabric that I had used as a paint rag for a lot of it, and I added more paint after the quilt was fused together. I didn’t think architecture was my thing, and didn’t think I was going to like it after I had made my sketch, but decided to go with it anyway. I kind of like how it turned out.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Here is my attempt at the first challenge, and my first challenge.
The house is one similiar to what my husband was raised in.
The house is done on muslin, lot's of stitching and Shiva Oil Sticks.
This was fun.
I had to squeeze the construction of this piece into the middle of a very busy week. There are certainly things I would do differently if I had more time!
I love the architecture theme of this challenge, and what everyone has done with it. For some reason, I felt like piecing (not that there's anything wrong with that), so I decided to try to create some abstract "portal" blocks out of batiks, using value change to create the effect of depth.
I used a takeoff of a crazy log cabin block, and just started sewing blocks with no preconceived idea of what size they should be or anything. The first one came out giant sized (as you can see compared to the others). I then just kept making blocks until I got tired of them, and sliced them up until I could piece them together into this one piece. It is layered with peltex as batting so hopefully the weird shape will hold together, and machine quilted with King Tut.
I like the way it ended up looking sort of like a haunted house, but I don't think there is enough value contrast to create the depth effect. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks for another great challenge.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
The quilt is about 9" x 10-1/2", hand appliqueed, hand embroidered, hand quilted - and some of the embroidery was added after layering so it works as quilting as well. Lately, I've been feeling confined by my usual tedious approach so I tried to be very loose and free with this and it was a lot of fun.
I printed one of my photos to fabric then used fabric paint and 5 different shades of grey thread to provide extra details and depth.
The black fabric surrounding the stairs is fabric which i had previously discharge dyed. Grey fabric paint was used to provide interest.
Holographic threads in silver, black and red were used to add some lines for interest.
The quilt measures 12" x 12" and was bound with red cotton net.
Whilst i enjoyed the process i am unsure about the final result.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Sometimes you don't really read the challenge - you go forth - then you re-read the challenge and realized depth - oh well.
Architectural? So not my thing - but I had just witnessed a beautiful red sunrise and thought this would be perfect for the challenge. So a very not realistic city scape but fun to do. More beading than I would usually do for this challenge - I have blisters on my finger from the pearl cotton ridges on Mount Rainer. Overall it captures the beauty of a red sunrise. I call this Seattle Sunrise - measuring 8 x 18.
In Rainy Seattle
It's a treehouse in case it's not obvious to anyone but me!
18" X 13"
All right, folks! I need some input here. I was totally going to skip this challenge and make up some foolish excuse, but then I realize that that defeats my reason for joining the challenge in the first place.
So, this is far from finished, and we'll see how far I get by Saturday, but I'm wondering if others see what I'm going for....I'm a total city girl, so my "home" will always be in a city. I think I've got the general idea of a near building and far buildings, but am curious if others see it. And yes, the buildings are supposed to be off kilter--kind of like the quilter. :)
Thanks for any ideas you may have--though I might not be able to use them here, I'll certainly keep them in mind for future projects.
Debbie Krueger, Waukesha, WI
I live in a small little beach community called Grayton Beach. I use to come here as a child, and was lucky enough to return after retiring and make my home here. Our community is made up of million dollar beach homes, and smaller beach cabins that have been here for years. My beach "shack" actually exists and has been here for over 87 years. It just got a new tin roof. It is not on the beach so I "picked it up" and moved it over to a sand dune over looking our beautiful beach to make my piece. Can you imagine the stories this house could tell if the walls could talk.
Here are the two photos that were merged for my piece.