Monday, May 19, 2008

Blind Bay Landscape

Living on Shuswap Lake since 2004, I never tire of the view from our deck. The above wall hanging depicts the scene that I look at every day -- the trees between our house and the lake, the gorgeous lake itself, and the mountains on the north shore. This quilt was made using fabrics that I hand-painted as well as a couple of commercial fabrics that have been manipulated by washes of colour and the use of watercolour pencils. It was constructed using curved piecing for the background features and raw-edge applique for the trees; it was machine quilted. Created in 2007. . . Click on the image to see more detail.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Dabbling in Fibre Art

This blog is a location to display some of the art quilts I have made over the past couple of years. The image on the left is the wall hanging I created during a course offered at Sorrento Centre in the spring of 2006. Hilary Rice taught a week-long course in inspiration, design and construction techniques for art quilts. It was a wonderful experience that re-ignited my interest in art quilts. This wall hanging is constructed using a curved piecing technique and incorporates encasement of glitter under organza that is further embellished by free motion stitching with metallic threads and then hand-beading. The metallic leaves are cut from a lightweight metal that is then embossed; the leaves are then attached by machine stitching (using an old needle!). Other techniques include encaustic on some fabrics, bobbin stitching, couching and bead trails. The dragonfly in the top right corner was purchased and then painted by Kathy. . . Click on the image to see more detail. (Not for sale)