A garden of felt flowers and hand-stitched petals and leaves.
Felt Like Gardening is a fused art quilt measuring 11.5″ wide by 12.5″ high. It is hand embroidered and machine quilted. There is a simple loop on the back for hanging on the wall.
But now that my 24 year old quilt is chopped into 4 different pieces (and I’m more mature) I see things differently. Using more of my hand-dyed and fused silks, each panel is re-designed. This panel appears to be 3 trees on some land formation in a strange country.
And here we have a single tree also of silk added to a panel. The hand stitching dates from 10 years ago and the machine work is even older. Do you find the bind distracting? Me too. Think I’ll chop that off too before I add any more hand or machine work.
At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to chop up this small quilt (made in 1990). When you spend a lot of time machine stitching, hand stitching and binding a quilt, it’s hard to cut it up. But with a diabolical giggle, I whacked it apart.
Here you see a quilt I made in 1990 from silk. Machine stitched and bound, I later decided to add hand stitchery to liven it up. Then I lost interest. In the next few days I’ll show you how this quilt was transformed into 4 smaller quilts. Let’s just say, you have to have the chops to do this.
Prepping for quilt week in Paducah, KY is always a thrill……if you’re a maniac! (You’ll find this maniac in the Artfabrik booth #1224 in the Convention Center.) Part of my preparation is sadly, dyeing.
For the past week I’ve dyed thread every day. And boy are my fingertips blue! But all the colors are in stock and ready to label for the big AQS Show in Paducah. Hope to see you there, you maniac you!
Have you thought of framing your quilts? Here is a view of 2 of my Poppy Quilts placed in frames behind glass. (Also, this is not my house, much too neat.)