My son’s last school art project involved selecting a Canadian artist and creating a piece based on their style. My son chose me!
He spent some time looking at the photos on my blog and selected The Vibrant Path. I was very pleased and surprised! He very carefully drew out his design in pencil and then coloured it in with pencil crayons.
He also researched the artist and wrote a couple of paragraphs describing their work and some background information.
I’ve been creating more quilted art postcards with tiny, quirky houses. Each home has it’s own unique personality.
I especially like the woven roof of the postcard above. The embroidered flowers were begun one day when my niece was visiting. She showed me how to embroider – she had just been taught at her school!
The houses are fused using hand dyed and commercial cottons. I’ve used some of the techniques taught by Laura Wasilowski.
I was also influenced by some quilts I saw this summer at the Paradise District Quilters’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit. One of the members is Celeste Thibodeau-Stacey from Paradise, Nova Scotia. Her work was cheerful, happy and quirky.
This piece is a town in Newfoundland, hugging the “rock”.
The lighthouse is bending with the prevailing wind and the houses too seem to have been sculpted into shape by the winds!
Hand dyed perle cotton in a couple of different weights have been used to add fun details.
The presidents of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild suggested we do a fun min-activity since the guild doesn’t meet during July and August. I signed up to make three postcards and will receive three back.
This tiny house emerged from the scraps with a trellis waiting for flowers.
Embroidery floss and hand dyed perle cotton stitches are added to bring out the personality of the house.
The finished pieces is layered with a stiff fusible interfacing and finished with a satin stitch around the edges in a variegated thread.
The next postcard for the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild swap uses a different technique and I know my recipient will recognize the fabrics. Stay tuned for the next quilted art postcard I made for the swap,
The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild doesn’t meet during the summer months, but to keep us active our Presidents have organized a Postcard Swap. Interested members of the guild have signed up to make and receive up to three postcards. This is a casual no stress activity with no themes or restrictions, we could do whatever made us happy. I signed up to make three postcards and will receive three in return.
The postcards only need to be received before August 31st and the participants are asked to bring in the postcards they will receive to the meeting in September.
Once the pieces were fused, I began to add detail with embroidery. I enjoyed this part of the process much more than I expected to. I used embroidery floss and perle cotton, including some I hand dyed! To finish this little flower garden, I embroidered my initials, added a tiny bumble bee and satin stitched the edges with a variegated thread.
I will be posting photos of the other two postcards I made for the swap in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!
As soon as I finished this piece, I knew that I needed to create three more to complete the cycle. There are four stages in the life cycle of a butterfly: egg, larvae, chrysalis and adult. With Chrysalis Awakening, I had completed the pupa or chrysalis stage, where the larvae or caterpillar anchors itself to the underside of a leaf and transforms itself.
To create the other three stages, I pulled some green fabrics to create the leaves. These are improvisationally pieced and so much fun to make. The one on the right above is too big!
So, taking the leaf that was too wide and long, I cut a curved section out and will piece it back with smaller sections on each side. Below, I’ve stay stitched the area where I am going to insert the purple fabric to create the vein.
I’ve included just a few of the process pictures. I still need to individually back and free motion each leaf, insert the leaf into the background fabric, free motion quilt it, appliqué the flower and then quilt it, and bind each one of the quilts. Each leaf will also have a special surprise hiding underneath. The quilts will be similar but not identical, each having their own personality.
Above, you can see that I’ve grouped the leaves with the backing fabric and flowers. I may switch them around again before they are finally pieced into the gorgeous cotton ombre fabric of the background. I will use the same piece of fabric I used in Chrysalis Awakening but each quilt will be a different colour, due to the gradation across the fabric.
This is the finished piece I submitted to the Sacred Threads Exhibition. It’s a chakra quilt based on the Kundalini serpent design. Kundalini is a Sanskrit word describing the life force or spiritual energy that resides in the body. I’ve been exploring the ideas of balance in our lives or more likely, imbalance in our lives! The Kundalini serpent represents the seven energy centres (chakras) awakening, rising up, activating each in turn until a whole, healthy and balanced state is achieved.
This is a juried exhibition, so I won’t know until the end of April whether this quilt has been accepted. Below is a detail of the Throat Chakra, it is said to be located in the throat area and deals with communication, self-expression and the truth.
I dyed a piece of Hoffman PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric for a whole cloth quilt. This is a very good quality cotton with a lovely hand. The fabric was laid flat on a large table on top of a sheet of plastic. Each of the colours was mixed, and applied individually onto the wet cloth. Another sheet of plastic was laid on top and I used a paint roller to spread the dye into the cloth.
I left the fabric to cure overnight, then I rinsed it out, washed it and am happy with the results. Each of the seven colours on the cloth correspond to one of the seven chakras.
The chakra symbols are constructed from two or more shades of hand dyed cottons. They pieces are cut, fused and satin stitched to the darker piece of fabric by Carol Bryer Fallaert. This fabric by Benartex is called Glacier Park, it is a beautiful deep purple that looks almost black. The kundalini serpent below is also made with this gorgeous fabric.
This quilt will be the fourth in a series of quilts I’ve created based on the chakra symbols.
I hope to enter this piece into the Sacred Threads Exhibition this year. This exhibition occurs every two years and features quilts that are based on “Expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood”. My quilt, Radiant Light was accepted into the exhibition in 2013. You can see it as well as a selection of other beautiful and inspirational quilts in the Sacred Threads gallery, as well as the first three of my chakra quilts on my website.