Sunday, July 29, 2012

Modern quilting

This project ticks lots of boxes.

  • We did some stenciling and rubbing with crayons and paint sticks in my art quilt group. Homework is to do something with them.
  • I wanted to join in Leah Day's quilt along. (I may be too late but the intention was there!)
  • I wanted to explore some ideas on modern quilts for a class at the guild.
  • I bought a glass table for my new house and needed an everyday table cover. Putting things straight on to glass makes me nervous!
This was just an experiment with Shiva sticks, masking tape and rubbing plates but I liked it so much that I decided to make it the middle of my tablecloth.

Embracing the modern quilt movement - lots of white

I save net from flowers. It's fantastic for adding texture to your surface design.
I also used some net to make stencils. I cut out maple leaf shapes on some fusible web, left the paper backing on it and ironed it to the net. Stenciling through the net gave a lovely watery effect to the stencil.

A watery maple leaf 

All the left over bits were cut into wedge shapes and made into a great border.
So now I need to think about how to quilt it. Am I going to go for Leah's sampler style quilt or maybe feathers? An all over design or highlight the squares? White thread or contrast? So many decisions!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Black and White challenge

The main guild in Auckland had a challenge, 12" by 12", Black and White and One (other colour). My colour was purple.
I took the design from 'Circles of the East' by Kumiko Sudo. This one is Gentian, which I thought was very appropriate for a purple accent.

I didn't win anything. Some of the entries were fantastic and really deserved to win. I've got a new respect for the Twelve by Twelve group. It's not easy designing something so small and they get so much detail into a small quilt. One of the orange quilts is my favourite. What's yours?

I vary the stitch width to get sharp points and add interest to the line. 

I've moved again! This is my third move this year and hopefully my last for a while. I've got a sewing room now and this lovely view across my little garden and next door's garden too. Maybe I'll get time to do some sewing now. Calico Christmas/Festival of Quilts hand in date is coming up fast and I've only just started on my entry! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A piece of nonsense

'A piece of nonsense'. That's what Jean from our Art Quilt group called the lovely things she creates. We loved them so she taught us how to do it. Would you believe that this mixed media postcard is actually a brown paper bag that held mushrooms and a used tea bag?

The brown paper bag was painted with black acrylic paint and then distressed and rubbed with metallic wax. Then I've layered the tea bag with Lutradur. I burnt the bit in the middle to get this random shape. A fun bit of nonsense!

Lattice bag

We made bags at Guild this weekend. This is my bag. Isn't it gorgeous!