quilting begun on 3 rivers

started quilting today

wanted to have a very free style of quilting – not too structured

wrote on it with textile pen as well

so far i’m reasonably happy with it

more quilting tomorrow …

3 rivers

this quilt may end up being a scroll

a quilt – or scroll – that is about genocide, oppression, death … oh, and being sorry, and forgiveness, and hope

it is also about 3 rivers (more about that later)

the back is pieced from 2 ‘found’ fabrics – one commercial, one hand printed

all the fabrics on the front have been designed, printed, dyed and/or painted by me (except for the little brown rectangles)

i’m now thinking about how i will quilt the layers

bark 1

hooray – this afternoon i finished the first stage of my entry for the textile art challenge by stitching and beyond inc, which is ‘bark’

i’ve called it fractured

what was the inspirtion, i hear you ask

well, when i vistied melbourne recently i took some photographs of an amazing tree and a beautiful historic lamp post

they were both near federation wharf next to the yarra river

the bark on the tree was very textural and i knew it would be a wonderful inspiration for the textile art challenge

i tweaked the photos digitally and then printed them onto inkjet-printable fabric

i added some luscious cotton material i had bought for a totally different project but which was just right for this purpose

then i cut up the sections into strips and off-set them, ready to stitch to together again

there is a size requirement with this challenge, so i carefully trimmed the completed sections before adding a strip of sashing and an offset border

amazingly, it all worked out;  it now measures 60 cm x 42 cm – exactly the maximum size allowed

[next:  adding wadding and a backing, before quilting the layers together]