Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
I recently purchased a new book, “Painted Applique: A New Approach” by Linda M Poole, published by AQS. I had also purchased some Derwent Inktense pencils after seeing what some people are doing with surface design on fabric. Linda has a great section with clear directions on how to use the pencils. These designs are from her book and the squares are from her book also.
This is a small piece, approximately 20 x 42″. The background fabric is commercially manufactured batik. The birds and dragonfly are painted on plain fabric and appliqued to the squares. I really appreciated Linda’s clear directions and her patterns are fun too! I will definitely add these tools to my arsenal!
Finished Mar 2014, hand and machine appliqued, hand quilted
“But I’ll always love you, and I’ll always miss you and I’ll never forget that It’s okay to put dragons in the jungle and tears on a tiger”
― Sharon M. Draper, Tears of a Tiger
This is a commissioned piece for a friend. The request was for a piece with their astrological signs and the yin and yang.
Machine applique, hand quilted,
Shiva paint stiks used to stencil the stripes on the tiger, chinese symbols and details on the dragon.
Size – 47″x35″
Filed under applique, art quilt, batiks, hand quilting, inspired by other design, machine applique, quilting, quilting design, shiva paint stiks, stencil, surface design, wall quilt
Tesselations are repeating designs frequently used by quilters. One of the most common ones is the apple core. Jinny Beyer Jinny Beyer uses tesselations in her designs frequently. She takes the basic tesselating shapes and breaks those up into shaded pieces. She also describes how to make a tessellation by taking a basic shape, for example, an equilateral triangle, cutting a portion out of one side and attaching it to the other side. That creates a unique tesselating shape. My first experiment with creating a tesselation was using a triangle.
I appliquéd the tesselations to a plain top because I didn’t have a clue how to finish the edges!
Each shape was further subdivided into shaded colors.
Hand appliquéd and hand quilted
I tried my hand at a triangle again using a slightly different cut.
To this I added a stenciled dragon using shiva paintstiks.
I really liked the effect that this tesselation gave , so decided to make it into a larger quilt.
Someone asked me at my quilt guild what I was going to do with it. I guess it wasn’t shaped to fit on a bed. That really hadn’t occurred to me, I just made it to make it!
Hand and machine quilted
Hand appliqué in center.
The fish bones batik fabric was purchased at the Sante Fe Quilting, in Sante Fe, New Mexico. The large outside border was done in French Braid style. The dark brown triangles in the French Braid are open on the long side which give an airier feel to the quilt. On the four corners the fish fabric was fussy cut to form circles or inverted circles. The T squares in the center are joined to form a large square. On the large square a fish is stenciled in metallic coppers and olive greens. The piece is hand quilted.
Materials: Shiva paintstiks, Superior King Tut variagated thread for hand quilting
The suns in the opposite corners and the curvy strips are commercially made batiks that were purchased at Fabric Hut in Norfolk, VA ; ; . I thought that the way the star began to look as I pieced it looked like a huge burning fire. It made me think of the legend of the Phoenix, that when it comes to the end of its life lays its egg in the burning fire to be reborn into the firebird. In the center of the fire, I painted a mesoamerican image of an embryo firebird. In the four corners of the star are stenciled images of the phoenix. In the corners opposite the sun are hand quilted aztec sun designs.
Hand quilted by NSturgill
Materials: Shiva paintstiks, Superior Threads – King Tut #945 (variegated dark reds)