Monday, June 20, 2011

Studio Quilt

After much deliberation, I selected the name of my studio "Random Acts of Piece" and I decided that I needed to make a quilt that would depict that title.  So, I set out with my stash in hand and decide that the quilt should be well, random and furthermore, pieced.  I also decided not to purchase anything for the quilt and in the end only needed to get some binding fabric since I am the queen of fat quarters and had nothing long enough to finish the sides.  I forgave myself as soon as the package of copper silk dupioni arrived.

So here it is, fresh from the studio - and already hanging there for my upcoming Open Studio Tour this Sunday, June 26th.  It took over two months - of extremely interrupted time.  That full time job can really put a crimp in my play time.

Dimensions 24" X 28"

There is primarily cotton batiks, but also some silk and cotton with different color warp and weft.

Along with the usual buttons and beads, I added lace and sequins.

I also did some free-motion quilting on separate pieces and then hand appliqued them to the quilt top.
I added beads and hand stitched flower parts just for added interest.

Along with a piece of vintage lace I had, I punched out some paper that I had painted for another project and stitched through it as an embellishment.

I had some bead gravy and added it the ACTS block and some heated, hammered copper wire and shells.

This was another experiment where I strip pieced some fabric, cut petals, painted the edges and added beads to the center.  Random but, I like it.

The border just had to be random - it set off the theme of the quilt.

All in all, it is a busy piece which is not my usual style.  I think that seeing it in person makes you stop and really look to take it all in, which was the point.  It incorporates a variety of media, techniques and fabrics and will hang in my studio for the tour and perhaps a long while longer.  It reminds me of all the different things I have learned in the five years that I have been art quilting.

If you aren't doing anything on Wednesday from 3 - 5 Eastern Standard Time, feel free to log into Creative Mojo and perhaps even call in for my co-hosting with Mark Lipinski.  Hope to hear from you there.


  1. Ahhhhh, just wonderful. Great idea.

  2. That turned out adorable! Good luck on the studio tour!

  3. Very cool idea and nice quilt!

  4. Great piece! Certainly more than appropriate for your studio.

  5. Wish I was going to be around for the studio tour. Have a great day! Love your studio quilt too!

  6. Fun piece and a great name! I love all the detail and little surprises.

  7. Great idea and super quilt!

  8. lovely quilt and I love your studio name too!