Sunday, November 13, 2011

Three More Art Quilts

I worked on three more art quilts this weekend.

They all have fabric painting on them, and are all about 8" x 10".

This one is one of the butterflies that I stamped on white fabric that I painted the background of first. I tried some thread painting (through all the quilt layers).

For this butterfly I traced around the stamp so that it would be the same size as the painted one.

I tried out some Metallic thread by Wonderfil. It worked very well (I tried both free motion and walking foot quilting). I found that it worked better with an Embroidery needle (#90) than with a Metallic needle (#80), and I sewed slower than I normally do.
Diane Gaudynski recently mentioned that when sewing with metallic thread the stitch length should be longer than normal to show off the shine of the thread (not a direct quote) and you can tell the difference.

This is the other painted butterfly with strips of fabric added log cabin style. I stitched on the butterfly with Invisafil thread by Wonderfil, and added some accents with the metallic thread. I also added some beads to both of the butterfly mini quilts.

I did some decorative stitching on the seams (all the stitching was done through all the layers) with Sulky Blendables 30 WT thread. It is such a beautiful thread, it has random colour changes and is perfect for machine embroidery and free motion quilting (it is a heavier thread and I like it for a simple all over quilting design).

This one is similar to the one I made last week.

I couched down different types of thread and yarn. I used Invisafil thread for most of the couching, but also the Metallic and Iris (the one with the decorative stitching) thread for a couple. The fabric has a heavy stabilizer added before couching.

More circles for the quilting (in Metallic, Iris and Aurifil).

I plan on making three more ini quilts (I will then have 10) before I send them all off to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Wendy said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!

corina said...

Your art quilts are fantastic! I love the stitching on the butterflies.

Raewyn said...

I love how you did the butterflies Joanne - the different threads make such a difference - lovely!

Joan said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! All are fantastic - love you thread painting.

Desley said...

Very cool!

Ruth said...

Those are beautiful! Very creative!!!

SeeingStars said...

Thanks so much for sharing your art quilts and describing the process. I may try this rubber stamp / thread painting idea! Just tried some thread painting the other day and thought I was supposed to do that first using stabilizer, then sandwich everything.
But I'm more comfortable quilting/thread painting the whole sandwich.
I'm thinking a journal cover for gifts...

Myra said...

Awesome creations Joanne!! Looks/sounds like you are enjoying the process too! Good for you!!

Karen said...

Gorgeous work as usual!

Sheila said...

They are all lovely Joanne, I love butterflies!

Kathie said...

those butterflies are amazing, love that orange one!
very nice!!!!
looks like you had fun too!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Love your sewing room and all of your great quilts! I didn't realize you made AAQI quilts. Would love to have you join Wendy K. and I in my Liberated Challenge page on AAQI site. All you have to do is say 'yes' and I'll do all of the work. These are darling!