Thursday, April 18, 2013

More Quilting with Sheers

With one sheer quilt under my belt, I decided that I needed to experiment some more with this process.  This time I had a bit more of the focus fabric on hand and decided to make two quilts using similar fabrics at an attempt to make this a series. 

Dimensions 16" X 20"

This is the original quilt design collage.  I used batiks, hand dyed flannel, silk, shot cotton, upholstery fabric and sheer fabric pieces.  Keeping the background somewhat abstract and geometric makes it easier to create an organic shape as a sheer overlay.  The entire collaged piece is then mounted onto a piece of hand dyed fabric that I made to coordinate with it.  I tried laying the quilt on several colors of solid colored scrapbook paper that I had and decided that orange was a good compliment to the piece.  Not having any orange fabric, I ripped off a piece from a bolt of print cloth that I ordered in bulk and dyed it using soft orange and rust MX dyes.  I wasn't sure it would turn out the color I wanted but this is what I got and I really liked it.  I used a facing finish on both the collaged piece and the orange background mounting piece.

Here is a closer look at the quilt.  You can see the French knots and hand stitching that I added using DMC cotton floss.  It also shows the color shift that is produced by the sheer overlay. 

Here is the second quilt in the "series".  It is a bit smaller but uses a lot of the same fabrics and organic theme.  This time however, I quilted the background fabric closely and in straight lines.  It definitely gives the piece a more structured look than the wavy lines of the first piece.  I have been reading about the whole modern quilt movement and thought I would try my hand at some straight line quilting.  I definitely has a different aesthetic than my usual less structured style, but I think it works in this piece. 

Here is a close up of the second quilt so you can see the hand stitchcing and color shitft again.  I think the background straight lines are a good contrast to the very organic sheer piece and base fabrics from the collage. 

One last shot of the bottom.  I already have a focus fabric picked out for my next piece.  Right after I complete a few magazine submissions I will be tackling another sheer quilt.  Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

More Mixed Media Summertime Fun

I just love the beach.  The sound of the waves, the constant breeze and the beachcombing treasures along the shore just make my day.  With a rather large collection of those little shells and stones in my stash, I decided to make my next piece with those in mind.

Dimensions 8" X 8"

I decided to keep it in a blue, gold, silver color scheme and make those tiny shells the focus of this piece.  Of course I have an extensive stash of left over beads from previous projects and some other little things I found in my friend's trinket stash.  I used several coats of paint in various beige and off white to make the backboard sort of sand colored.

I used my collection of seashell and alphabet rubber stamps, as well as some random texture stamps to make the tile backgrounds.  I embedded shells, stones, and beads after I stamped and rubbed the tiles with PearlEx mica powder.  Then I filled the little leftover spaces with beads and some cut up pieces of a belt buckle that came in a box of buttons that I bought at a yard sale.  Overall, I like the color scheme and I think this is a fun piece for a beach house. 

One more detail shot.

I have 5 more 8X8 boards and a list of ideas for other tile projects.  Once my busy days calm down a bit I will be starting another one.  If you have rubber stamps I think these little tiles are addicting and totally fun to make.  Grab a couple of polymer clay blocks in your favorite colors and some mica powder (or metallic paint) and go for it.  Feel free to leave a comment and thanks for visiting my blog.  Hope to see you again soon.