Friday, January 18, 2013

Northern Lights Art Quilt


Sometimes an image lodges in my mind and I can't let go of it . . . that is the way it has been with the thoughts of this art quilt depicting the Northern Lights.  Since "the kids" moved to the Yukon a couple of years ago I have become enraptured by the history and the landscape of that beautiful part of the world.

The northern lights can be many colours and shapes . . . they might greens and yellows that swirl and dance, or pinks and purples that envelop the sky, or any combination. I wanted to portray their ethereal quality using soft wisps of wool roving needle felted into a dark sky . . . and so this art quilt was born.

The sky was needle felted onto a base of two layers of black quilt batting that were first felted with midnight blue roving with a touch of violet added to it and then the northern lights were added with wisps of light greens, yellow and a touch of blue, some of which have a bit of gloss to the wool.

The tree line and lower section of the quilt were created using hand dyed fabric that I over-painted with a wash of black and green textile paint to further subdue it. That fabric was backed with fusible web and then I freehand cut the tree line.

The northern lights were free motion stitched in sweeping curves, using invisible thread and the lower section was quilted in a free motion design somewhat representative of a forest.

This art quilt measures 13" x 22.5" (33 x 57 cm) and is backed with black cotton with a hanging sleeve.

I can see that this will be only the first of a series of quilts with a northern lights theme ... in fact, I might have to go and start the next one right now . . .

8 comments:

Nancy said...

Very unique!

thebutterflyquilter said...

Just beautiful Kathy. Love the felt effect!

Nina Delaune said...

Kathy, What a great new Art Quilt.
I want to pin it to my pinterest but don't know how.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely a work from your heart...outstanding!

DownHome Designs said...

Beautiful work of art, Kathy!

Magpie Quilts said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of our time in the North!

Magpie Quilts said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of our time in the North!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Gorgeous!