Monday, December 31, 2012

Finally...a Picture

I have had this piece finished for awhile now, but I hadn't taken a picture of it. It is a piece that is stitched to a black fabric that has been stretched over a frame. I don't have anywhere to hang it to take a good photograph of it. Today, I just decided I'd try to get SOME picture taken. I needed to use pictures of parts of it for a blog post I was writing for the And Then We Set It On Fire blog. I sat it on my couch and took pictures. They aren't great, but they will do for now.

The inspiration for the piece came from some "doodles" I had drawn awhile back. I blew the "doodles" up to the size I wanted and then tried to figure out how I would translate the drawing into fabric. Here is how it turned out.
The "spikes" on the bottom left are paper pieced. I have made small white yoyos and placed them in a couple of locations on the quilt. (I added one red yoyo as a focal point.) There is a bit of beading using black seed beads on the right-hand side (to the right of the red yoyo). I have used some white bias strips to make the squiggly lines on the bottom right. The checkerboard at the top right is machine appliqued. The clam shell shapes are all hand embroidered using both the stem stitch and satin stitch. The design in the upper left is primarily made of French knots, but I have also used the stem stitch and satin stitch there too. The stripes "behind" the yoyos are machine appliqued. It is hand and machine quilted, and the size of the piece is approximately 24" X 30".

Here is a close up. I think you can click on the picture and get an even closer look.

I had SO much fun making this piece and hope to get it juried into some shows in the future. I don't have a name for it yet. Any suggestions?

I have linked this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Fridays here

15 comments:

Robin Walston said...

Have you thought about trying to get this into the Yeiser show?

Dea said...

I like the very doodle-like feel of this work and all the different techniques and stitches you used. I don't have a suggestion for a name, sorry.

Laura McGrath said...

This is so awesome, Beth, did you make it in smaller pieces and assemble it all together? Each piece looks so perfect, but I do believe I like the NY Beauty-type spikes the best (I think!)

straythreads said...

Amazing I'm really drawn to the red dot I would just call it red dot
Ann

Quilter Beth said...

Thanks so much Laura. I used a base of white PFD fabric for this piece. I appliqued, added yoyos, fused, and embroidered directly onto the PFD fabric. The spikes are paper pieced and were added as an applique to the base. I hand and machine quilted the piece after that.

diannajessie said...

This piece is really eye catching - I do like the black and white colour combination:)

Shannon said...

The scale on this is just fabulous. I think my favorite part is the french knots, they really contribute to it having a correctly scaled feel of an enlarged doodle. Super fun work!

Judy Ferguson said...

I applaud you on this fantastic interpretation of doodling. I have seen some others like this, but yours is far superior to any. I can't imagine why you would not win in any exhibit.

QuiltSwissy said...

Wow, incredible!
glen

Deborah OHare said...

Fabulous!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Beth. Came over from Nina Marie's. This is a gorgeous piece--your detail work is exquisite. Besides being fond of French knots & appliqué, I find that spikes add so much punch to a composition. I enjoyed the visit!
best, nadia

Robin said...

GREAT use of techniques to accomplish your doodle. I have a few of these started but coming up with enough different techniques stumped me. Thank you for sharing.

Nina Marie said...

i'm sooo glad that zentangle has made the leap over into quilting. I've been drawing these type of doodles (in church no less LOL - shhhh don't tell) since 2007 and I've always wanted to translate them to thread and fabric - yours shows how much fun and successful it can be! I really need to blog those sketches out - been saying that for a year - LOL - Great job!

Vera said...

Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

Karoda said...

I recall seeing one of your pieces in b/w at LAFTA and was taken with the way you had it mounted. Love this!