I’ve been working busily on my hollyhock quilt and now it’s finished. I’m a bit disappointed that it’s over, it was a really enjoyable project. I need to catch up on a few things and officially start on my newest commissioned quilt. I say “officially” start, but I’ve been bouncing ideas around in my mind before today. I’ve done a few preliminary sketches, playing around with possibilities.
I’ve posted some pictures of the progress now finished, here’s the finished red hollyhock quilt. It has it’s title, “A Bug’s Eye View”. As I finishing the last few touches, my husband was standing back looking at my progress and decided that it needed a little bug in it.
It is a floral art quilt, but I wanted to add a contemporary spin, a little non traditional. So I chose to give the flowers and stalks a disproportional profile. As my husband observed , it would be how the world might look to a little bug as he looked up at the huge world. I thought it might work, a cute little ladybug, that you would barely notice. I needed to run the idea by Karen, the lovely lady who had commissioned the piece, how would she feel about this? She liked the idea and so my little ladybug was added at the very last.minute. And that is how it came by it’s title “A Bug’s Eye View”.
You’ve seen the progression, here is the finished version. You may notice that the ladybug is missing, she was truly the last addition. But I think she is indispensable now that she has been added.
I added texture to the leaves, they are not just visually dimensional, but have actual texture and dimension.
Closer view of quilting
One of the thread painted hollyhocks
One of several photos that hatched the inspiration for this quilt.!
I’ve been rattling off about being featured in Art Quilting Studio magazine. The feature will follow the progress of making this quilt, and the inspiration behind it. It was about finding inspiration everywhere and grab a pic of anything that interests you. It doesn’t have to be super high quality photography. Take your phone and snap it, it might give you inspiration later. With the few photo’s I took one late afternoon that was just about dusk, and there was a beautiful sunset with a row of trees silhouetted, it struck me.
So I took my handy phone camera out and snapped off a few pics from the window of the moving car Shock this photo violated every rule of photography.
Still, I liked the blurred result when I saw them, the movement. But what I liked the most was the dark trees with the golden sunset behind them. I was at once struck with the thought “art quilt”, this was a future quilt in the making.
So inspiration can come from the strangest places, with digital take lots of pictures, delete the ones you dislike, file away for future ideas the ones you find interesting. You’ll never run short of inspiration.
I made the quilt. When an editor for Art Quilting Studio magazine approached me and suggested I submit this with the story, process of making it. I was happy it was going to be used. Here’s the quilt, the article came out today.
This is 60 MPH Sunset
This is 60 MPH Sunset
60 MPH Sunset-available for sale
Hope you get to see my feature.
The hollyhocks are are coming right along, Here’s my progress report for my time lapse quilt for 2/16/2014. I’ll give a few photos leading up to today’s progress., if anyone is just seeing this for the first time. It will make it a time lapse.
Start Date Jan 19 Fabric painted work begins
Feb. 2 2014
I have finished most of flowers and and added the shading to the stocks. A few side views of the flowers and buds and a little more details and then I’ll be ready to quilt it.
If you would like to follow this series from it’s start here are the links that cover it