Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cairns Continued

So as I set my mind toward rock cairns, the mind wanders much like a hiker.  I have ideas all the time about what technique to incorporate or what fabrics or mixed media materials to use.  I write it on sticky notes and transfer it to my sketchbook and basically everywhere I look, I see an inspiration.  Which tells me that this idea came along at just the right time.

So here is my second rock cairn art quilt.

Dimensions 17 1/2 " X 21 1/2 "

Here's the details.  The background for the center panel was a piece of ice dyed fabric with orange, bronze, green and several other colors.  I then marbled over the ice dyed fabric using primarily chartreuse and violet, with hints of blue in there probably left over from the fabric piece I had done before.  The "rocks" are machine appliqued and hand turned pieces of cotton batik.  Finally the center panel is mounted on a piece of hand dyed chartreuse fabric.  It really makes the center panel pop off the piece and I just love this quilt. 

Today I brought it somewhere to show a friend what an art quilt was.  I tried to explain it but, she just sort of turned her head to one side and I could tell that what she was thinking of wasn't even close to what I was thinking of.  So, how better to illustrate the concept but by showing her a quilt.  Anyway, we placed it at a distance, which is different for me since I am used to seeing it up close and man, did I fall in love with it.  I really liked it before, or I wouldn't have taken it to show anyone.  But, now as I step back a bit farther it really has a nice movement and unity.

I plan to use the center panel to make some postcards and note cards.  But I have to get a better picture because I think there is a shadow of my knee on the left hand bottom corner.  Rats!  oh well back out to the cold.  

Thanks for stopping by and checking out  my work.  Happy wanderings!


  1. Very nice. Love the ice dyed/marbled background. Keep it up.

  2. This is absolutely beautiful. What an original use of the blue batiks. They kind of look like Japanese indigos. Fabulous!

  3. I love the cairns, especially the blue one! Gray, brown, ecru, black, red--all rocks are beautiful, but your colorful and whimsical ones really remind me of a nature walk. The thought of their balancing is fascinating.
    Martha Ginn