Tuesday, March 5, 2019
the latest challenge... Flamingo Pink, Palm tree green...
I belong to an online art quilting group where I met and became friends with a talented woman named Carol (https://quiltedfabricart.blogspot.com/
You see the page in Home and Garden that I turned to, color! Yea! Perfect!
I was kind of literal in color and shape... but when I saw the colors I thought of Florida and beloved flamingos and palm trees.
I also am drawn to the Art Deco period of design so it all came together in 5 days.
The finished piece is about 14" X 20", made with cottons, silks, metallic silver threads, and beads of metal or glass.
Now for process photos and close ups
There is no roadmap when you start... you just pick a size, cut some background, start moving components around til it makes you happy.
By the way, I do this for a fair amount of time, stepping back, moving a piece over a little, stepping back for the distance view, back to the wall.
Sometimes it feels like I need another opinion, but I don't really, I need to do the work. Make my own mind up. I often like several versions, and eventually will just choose one to do.
The leftover hand painted fabric circles will have to go on another project...
I knew in the beginning I wanted to quilt in a flamingo and palm tree. I cut some tracing paper to use for scale and design.
I don't quilt thru it, just draw it on paper first to get the concept.
Then I move the paper and run my finger along the pink circle in a flamingo shape. This gives me the general idea of how large I'll quilt it for real.
I put on the free motion foot, lower the feed dogs, and draw with the needle. I used pink YLI metallic thread to match the silk.
Same with the palm tree, with turquoise metallic thread. Draw with the needle, move fabric back and forth letting the lines show up til I have a tree.
After it's all quilted, and each circle is different, each area quilted inspired by art deco designs,
I must consider how I'll finish off the edge this time. I auditioned several fabrics, and chose a peach batik.
It needs a title now... "Flamingo Pink Paint" or "Circles one" or what can you come up with?
I like a challenge... especially this page 20 challenge prompt. I made something pretty out of tiny pieces of fabric, expressed myself in fiber, and used my supplies. I am grateful to be part of a group of talented artists, whose work you can see at
this link: https://artquiltchallengegroup.wordpress.com/
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