We all put a link to a post about our quilt on Amy’s blog and visit the posts throughout the week.
My favorite aspect of this festival is the story that goes along with the quilt, I always try to feature a quilt that is important to me in some way.
This year, I want to feature a quilt I made this summer: Giverny Flowers #1
- Quilt Measurements: 28″ x 38″
- Special Techniques used, if any: Improvisational pieceing, Free Motion Machine Sketching
- Quilted by: ME!
- Best category: Art Quilt
I’ve been doing free motion machine sketched botanical motifs for a few years now. Taking a leaf or flower and extracting the essence of it into a few lines gives me endless pleasure. But until this quilt, I’ve not really been choosing motifs for any particular reason other than I like the shape of the plant.
This summer, I was playing around with faux snow dyeing, and one of those pieces of fabric reminded my of Monet’s Water Lily paintings. I faux snow dyed a lot more of both the multicolor fabrics as well as greens, golds and purples and improvisationally pieced the top. And then, instead of stitching any old flower in each shape, I used the main flowers from Monet’s garden!
and my favorite, Wisteria:
Choosing flowers that have a reason to be together has opened a whole new direction for me. Although I don’t get to make my art at a fast rate, I’ve got so many responsibilities pulling me in many directions, I’ve got a lot of ideas of how to expand on this concept – I am really excited by this new direction!
Rest asssured, I’ll be sharing where this takes me right here on the blog! If you’re new here, why not subscribe to my posts or sign up for my monthly newsletter? There’s a form to do so in the upper right hand corner of my sidebar.