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.