Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Gettng back into things -making a pillow.

quilted pillow

Whenever I teach a fabric painting workshop, because of our climate, it is rarely warm enough for the fabric to dry by the end of the class.

patchwork pillow

What happens is that I usually end up wrapping everything up in plastic, which inevitably ends up in the colours becoming a bit muddied, as happened with these samples. (I have to confess that these spent rather a long time wrapped up in the plastic and as the paints I use really like light in order to perform well, they didn't get the best chance.)
  patchwork pillow

I don't dislike the colours but it has to be said that there is not much in the way of contrast here. No light and dark values to give real interest.

So in the spirit og "getting back into things" I thought I would make some cushion covers and explore the possibility of adding the contract through my stitch choices.

sketchbook page

After stripping pieces together, I did some sketching.

sketchbook page

This is what I have done so far.

free machine quilting

It feels good to be stitching again.

I have been painting too.

The colours here are actually stronger than they look here. I need to play with my camera settings.

quilting blog


  1. This is a really interesting set of pictures and the finished article just shows how perseverence can produce great results! I have often wondered about fabric painting workshops as I too like to let the paint dry in situ and have puzzled about how to transport the fabric home without messing it up. Sheila

  2. Your fabric got very interesting results... and with this I have an idea for some of mines too... I painted some fabric but over all it was not suitable for which I am doing, but now with your this project I am thinking to make some quilt type thing with all three dyed pieces... hope it will work... Thanks a lot for sharing... I always believe SHARING IS LEARNING...
    Can you please spare a little bit of your time for my new post, its something different I hope you enjoyed


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