Monday, April 28, 2008

As I mentioned before, I signed up for the ALQS hosted by Kate even though I have never actually made a quilt before.
I don't really want to do a traditional style one but think that maybe I am going too far the other way.
I decided to have a trial run at the weekend and work on a couple of ideas I had.
This one is calico painted with emulsion paint first followed by blue writing ink then I added bleach through a Thermofax screen.I ironed pleats into the top layer, I wanted four 'panels' on one side,a larger one then one on the opposite side. These were then stitched down through all layers with red rayon thread and I used the same screen with a red fabric dye in the larger section.And thats where I stopped.
I had plans to add red stitches/buttons/beads down the seams but it was beginning to look pretty boring - so I painted the whole thing over again with white acrylic and will add more colour once its completely dry and see where it takes me.
With this next one I stitched through all layers in a diamond pattern leaving a blank square and added beads where the lines crossed.I painted the whole thing with white acrylic paint then masked the square off.A layer of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold was added next.
Followed by Paynes Grey. The square was painted the opposite way around, Paynes Grey on the bottom followed by Quin.Gold.
As you will notice, I'm really into the 'rusty' look at the moment :) I printed an old Railway plate on to tissue paper and used Polymer medium to fix it down and gave the whole quilt a coat of the same.
Both of these measure 45 x 45 cms.
I do like how this second one has turned out but am not sure if my swap partner would feel the same!
My partner has to receive the quilt by 1st July so I've got a while to play some more.

33 comments:

MixPix said...

Gorgeous rust! The idea of using acrylic paint on fabric is shocking to me, but the result is so effective :) Could you use this textile as a real quilt? for a handbag? Is it waterproof? Could you wash it? I shall have to look up Polymer medium on the internet. Thanks for sharing.

Jacquelines blog said...

welcome to the world of quilters, I think you could almost fit in straight with the Artquilters:-) We never worry about washing quilts or something like that. And we support paint on quilts LOL... Now seriously,this look great, I love the rust effect and the railway print.

hippopip said...

The rust quilt is absolutely stunning I am always astounded by youe endless talent

Quilt Pixie said...

love the effects you've created with the layers of paint -- when it first started out it was reminding me of a bed mattress with its diamond pattern and spot for a manufacturer's label. With the beautiful blues and rust colours its really moved away from that feeling for me ;-)

Julie said...

Luscious! If your swap partner doesn't want it send it to me!!! LOL The colours are gorgeous and beautifully "rusty". I don't "quilt" either but this is definitely a quilt. Beautiful!

Carol said...

OMG!!!!!!!!
How stunning is this piece, can i be your partner!This is beyond stunning, now you have confirmed why I want to be you when i "grow up" (obviously I am actually 2 years older than you being 32!!!)To say this piece is stunning just does not do it justice, whe are you going to have a section at Knitting a stitching!!! Are you listening people who organise thee things.

Doreen G said...

I wouldn't say the top one was boring but it just wasn't you---but the rust one--now that one is magic.

Gina said...

Loving the look of that rusty quilt Lynda!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Both pieces are wonderful! I love the rusty look you achieved on the second piece, but I sure wouldn't have painted over the first piece! I think it was looking great and red buttons would have given it a finishing touch.

Ruth said...

I can't imagine how your swap partner wouldn't be thrilled with this. It's gorgeous. Great start on your quilting career =0)

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Trumps again for the Nickel Azo Gold. Very rusty.
Which polymer medium do you use?
Cheers

sharon young said...

Love this final piece, Lynda, and your documentation of the process is brilliant. You've really achieved a magnificent interpretation of rust and the railway sticker is perfect.

Wil Opio Oguta said...

The first one had potential but the second one is simply gorgeous! I am in that swap too and I would not mind at all if I was your partner :-)

Fran├žoise said...

It looks great! I hope your partner will like it.

neki desu said...

wish i could be so disciplined as to record the process.
love the way the diamond texture and color play each other off.
if your partner doesn't like it you can always send it over here :):)

neki desu

Pat said...

I'll just echo everyone else, The second piece is stunning but I like the first in a completely different way. Clever lady.

Anne B said...

I really love your first effort - very graphic quality. Looks like an old wallpaper design. 1930's?
Rusty quilt is very different from a lot of the stuff that's around at the moment. You've done something unique. It was worth having a play!

Genie said...

The Rusty quilt is great. Good work

Carol said...

Fantastic, my favourite colours and the railway plate finishes it of perfectly.

TracyB said...

LOVE your second piece!! The blues and oranges work very well together and what a really nice size!!!

Sandy said...

Never having made a quilt before seems to have been an advantage. This is wonderful and so original.

Jan said...

WOW these are stunning and the colours are definitely your signature.
Jan x

Debbi Baker said...

I'm with Sandy on this!! You are amazing and that second one is just fantastic (and yes I nearly fell off my chair when I got to the total whitewash bit!). Like everyone else I am wishing I was in this swap!! How could your partner not love it!!By the eay I think the diamond pattern has been a great way to trap some colour variations - very effective and so dimensional looking! I just love the way you work,

MargaretR said...

Just been catching up with your blog. Fantastic work as usual Lynda.

Susan D said...

How can you swap partner not like it. I love the variation of tone and colour you've achieved. Thanks for sharing the different stages.

blackbearcabin said...

Wow...love the colors in the second one! It was great to see each stage of the process too!
Im also participating in Kate's ALQS, and wouldnt mind receiving a quilt like this...but i love anything handmade for me, so im easy :) Im sure your partner will love it!
Welcome to the quilting world...looks like youve found another hobby! :)
cheers~
lisajo
(whos trying to visit the blogs of everyone in the ALQS swap)

Supermom said...

Wow!
Interesting techniques, and most definitely outside of the box! I wonder who this is going to???! ...knowing how much more "in the box" most of the swappers are!
way cool-

Amanda said...

Wonderful quilt. Thank you for sharing how you got there - very inspiring, and if your quilt partner doesn't want it there're lots of people queuing up!

Micki said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said. I love the rusty quilt. Fantastic work as always!

Sarah Jayne said...

Thanks for sharing this process - the final result looks great and I can now see you can get a rust look without rusting.LOL. I've seen a few pieces in exhibitions recently and couldn't work out how they got that look - now I have a much better idea.
I've just had a look back through your blog - the work you produce is great - thanks for sharing it.

TextileAddict said...

What you've achieved is amazing - it is stunning. Hope you receive an equally amazing piece.

kiwicarole said...

Hi Lynda! I love this last piece! Thankyou so much for sharing your technique with everyone. I wish I could make something as inspiring as this!
carole :)

Collectincat said...

I'm with all the partners in agreeing that this is a great quilt, and just what us 'artsy' ones love. Something we would not think of on our own, but would love to own. You certainly have just become a 'quilter' Welcome to the crazy crowd of fabric fanatics.