Friday, January 31, 2014

Details of a Quilt

     I just have about three hours left of some hand stitching and my latest quilt will be finished. It's very interesting to me to see how my work has been evolving. This piece is part of the body of work I'm developing in the voice I've discovered over the past 16 months. In this post I'll show you some detail photos of this piece. If you are interested in gelatin monoprinting, then you might want to visit my previous post where I show how I created a way to mimic the pattern of moldy spots on those permanent gelatin plates that never mold. (Some artists love the patterns the mold creates on the fabric... I'm one of those artists, but I don't want to have to keep throwing away moldy plates and remaking new ones.) Anyway, here are the photos.
bottom portion of the quilt depicting
layers of the Earth

top portion of the quilt
quilted much more densely
than usual for me
This top portion has a sun with stitching of "veins" appliquéd onto it now.
rock shapes I cut out from
monoprinted fabric
for my rock cairns
The white arrows are pointing to rocks I printed from permanent gelatin plates. The spots were artificially produced as described in my previous post. The other rocks were printed on natural plates a long time ago. Those spots were from actual mold. Up close and personal, I can't see a difference between the two. (The veins were painted on later.) I'm linking this to Off The Wall Friday where you can visit other art quilt blogs. Please make comments on their posts to let them know you stopped by.


  1. I love those rocks! I'd never thought of painting veins on the rocks but it makes them look like river stones. Cool. And the dense quilting makes it look very earthy. Nicely done :-)

    1. Thanks. After I sewed the rocks onto the quilted quilt, I thought about couching perle cotton or other fiber over top the painted veins to cover the paint fo the veins. But input from friends convinced me that the texture of the paint did the job better than texture of fiber would here.

  2. It's very rich in an organic way. Textures on textures.
    LeeAnna Paylor

    1. I'm really liking this quilt. I think because, again, I followed my heart and created art from within rather than just for a call for entry. Next week, however, I'll attempt a call for entry that's pushing my envelope. I'll give it a week. If it doesn't seem to be working, I'll give it up and go back to my rock cairn theme.

  3. I like the textures you are creating here!

  4. Congrats on a job well done! Lots of work and it paid off for you!

  5. I love all that dense quilting and the veiny leaves. Very well done!

  6. How satisfying to finish your quilt. I love the subtlety of your colours and printing and I'm glad you have 'found your voice'. That can really take time. Thanks for the tips on gelli mold!
    Hilary Florence

  7. It has taken years to find my voice. But no complaints. Everything we make is a part of us waiting to come out.
    I have my new, pure glycerin and will make a new large permanent plate this week. My small plate from pure glycerin made in August is still mold free stored at room temperature. My large plate made from the impure glycerin did grow mold. Boo hoo. Bad, glycerin. Bad, glycerin.

  8. I really like the colors in your piece. The effect of the veins on the rocks is great.


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