Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
High up on this mountaintop where I live, Spring creeps in very slowly. I go down to the valley and see the trees blooming, leaves popping out everywhere and flowers already showing up in greening lawns. I go home to bare trees and only the hardiest wildflowers starting to show their first shoots above the leaf litter on the cold forest floor. So, this is my impression of the beauty I'm waiting eagerly for. It creeps .....
This piece was made in a day. One day of dreaming, imagining, and sewing. One day of thinking about what it means to uncover the layers beneath the surface, and exploring the theme of "impression". It is not my favorite quilt, but it was an interesting exercise in working with a theme and a new technique (reverse applique) that I had not yet tried. The fabrics include silk, velvet, commercial cotttons and upholstery weight. Quilting is in rayon and cotton.
My interpretation of "Impression" started with a background I dyed with cobalt blue and deep yellow fiber reactive dyes.
Then I used a simple foam leaf stamp and thickened discharge paste to stamp the leaves all over the background. I them cut out the trees from one of Vicki's hand dyed fabrics and fused them.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
My "Impression" challenge piece is finished except for the edge finishing. Unfortunately, that will not get done until after the reveal. All my stuff is packed for the move, so the edges will have to wait until I get to the new house and unpack my studio stuff.
It will be revealed on March 15th, but here is a small section of the back of the quilt.
That's all you get till the 15th!