Today is my day on the Art with Fabric Blog Hop, hosted by Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting.
The idea of the hop is to inspire quilters with beautiful art quilts. I am not an art quilter by nature, but perhaps my piece will at least inspire you to give art quilts a try. One recommendation right off the top though—go small. That way if you don’t like where the art is taking you, you can try again without a lot of waste. And if you end up liking your piece, you can easily find a place in your studio to display it! Win, win!
I chose the art of Georgia O’Keeffe as my inspiration--specifically her floral paintings. In those paintings, I love how she focuses our attention on the natural beauty in a flower's inner structures.
I know. A lot of critics have tried to reduce Georgia’s artwork to a tired cliché. Frankly, I think she simply saw what I see—the loveliness in the simple repeating patterns of nature and (for me at least) the hand of God.
To create my art piece, I started with a photo I took of a Siberian Iris in my garden. To make the iris look more like something Georgia might paint, I enlarged it and then cropped it.
Next, I printed out the photo and prepared my fabric for raw edge applique using the Crafted Applique method by Lara Buccella.
I cut apart the printout, and used the pieces as templates to cut out my applique.
I then laid out my templates on the right side of my fabric and cut them out. Little by little, I built my iris.
I layered my completed top with batting and backing, then used my quilting to add details. The quilting allowed me to add color in areas that were missing from my fabrics, and to also add shadows and texture.
For example, I wanted to make sure the petals has those lovely burgundy veins I saw in my original photo.
I also wanted to capture the texture of the large petals, and to add shadows that complimented the curve of the petals.
Although there are other ways to finish an art quilt, I decided to finish mine in the conventional way with binding and a hanging sleeve. Now my quilt is ready to hang in our Guild quilt show next year!
I call this piece "Eleanora's Iris." Whenever I see iris I think of my mom and how lovely her garden was--especially the iris.
Here are the details:
Size: 15" x 19"
Original Design Pieced and Quilted by Me!
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. 5011
Quilting Thread: Sulky 40 wt. 942, Gutermann 805 and 6110,
Mettler 50, Exquisite ES383 and ES387
For more art inspiration, please visit the other quilters participating in the Art Blog Hop. Here are today’s participants.
For a list of the rest of the participants in the Art with Fabric Blog Hop, please click the image below.