Wednesday, 25 March 2015

BACK TO THE TEXTILES



Last Saturday I heard one of the best talks ever on Modern Quilting given by Jo Avery.  She revived my previously flagging interest in patchwork and quilting so I thought you might like to see a couple of my own recent modern quilting pieces.


This is a small coffee mat, more often used as a wine mat.
It measures 7½ x 8½ inches.



The next slightly larger mat, measuring approximately 11 x 12 inches, was made from a mix of modern and old (back to 1976) fabrics.  The fabrics came from material left over from several skirts, my living room curtains, a friend's blouse and many other bits I thought were too small to use but too pretty to throw away.

It's pieced together i.e. there is no applique involved.
I made the central leaf first then added and subtracted bits until it looked right.  It involved a lot of sewing and un-sewing before it was finished.




Linking to "Paint Party Friday" as I call this process painting with fabric. 

42 comments:

Evergreen Mo said...

What can I say , wonderful colour and shapes to your patchwork. Just as exciting as your art work. love them and very pleased to say I have small mat of yours but nothing is allowed on it

Tammie Lee said...

these are so lovely Sheila and they are reminiscent of your art to me, which i think is fun and beautiful to see.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Gosh this is AWESOME Sheila... fantastic pieces are this!
GREAT!
xxx Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic work, love the quilting, looks like a lot of work, too. Hard to choose a fave, they are all great - you have a lot of patience to piece all those tiny bits together! Have a nice evening, I am off to bed soon! Valerie

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very beautiful quilt art. I love fabrics as well, but haven't gotten hooked on them, mainly because I don't have time. Take good care, Shirleyxx

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Very creative my friend. I can see where your digital work gets inspired as well. Love that mix of old, new, what have you in the stash, and your "wine" mat definitely reminds me of your mixed media work. xox

Rana said...

i HEART your taste in fabric. and that little wine mat, ADORABLE!

johanna said...

oh my god, sheila... what a surprise !!! i could not even think of sewing that precisely, i would break all my fingers... it Looks gorgeous with that mix of old and new - and i can hear echoing my own voice when you say too small to use but too pretty to throw away!! and i see a similar caleidoskopic way to work as you do in your digital art. just your style, so awesome and unique!!

limmelon said...

Raiding the stash !!. Super quilts. Love them, the're Awesome !!

sirkkis said...

I really love your fabulous quilts, Sheila. You have a great talent to compose different colours and shapes. I enjoy looking at this kind of beautiful art pieces also because they bring so many memories from old clothes and accessories etc.
Have a wonderful time,
hugs xx

Annie said...

Not only modern but improvised as well. These are wonderful! I've done one improv pillow cover. No easy task. I can related to the sewing and un-sewing part of your process. You know I've examined each and every bit of scrap fabric within...such lovely pieces indeed. You inspire me to work with my scrap bins...but that inspiration must get in line!

lee said...

I always admire artists who can do multi things, like you. Loving your work. I have only quilted one thing in my life a med sized quilt for the back of my couch and took a 4 week workshop to do that. I think to much measuring for me, I am terrible with sizes and numbers

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Sheila your quilted pieces are all so lovely and in very beautiful colors, I have made a lot of patchwork earlier and I still have a lot of fabric, I enjoyed to see your works, very inspiring.
Anni

kat said...

Wow Sheila your painting with fabric, as you put it, is so beautiful, what work! So many beautiful pieces put together to make art, I love this!

Karin said...

wow beautiful creations, especially like the wine mat, haha
Groetjes Karin

Margik said...

Sheila , I adore how you have created this pieces of patchwork, I like the fabrics and designs and the great result...your 'painting with fabric'. Great job and very beautiful!
Mar x

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Painting with fabric. I love it.

Giggles said...

Gorgeous quilting...going to look that up tomorrow!! Wonderful job and thanks for sharing!!

Hugs Giggles

NatashaMay said...

gorgeous work! My mom tried some quilts no long ago and I helped so I know how much work it goes into making them. :)

SusuPetal said...

These are so beautiful in composition, in color.

GlorV1 said...

Love them all with their terrific colors. Great job!

Marji said...

Oh wow, those are beautiful! I admire anyone who can sew something together that looks like this. Honestly, I would spend most of my time pulling out stiches that have gone wrong. Beautiful use of colors and fabrics!

Linda Kunsman said...

these are gorgeous! Love the patterns and colors. I couldn't do this as I don't like to be exact and precise when I do get out the machine:)

Christine said...

Lovely work with textiles, interesting medium.

Paper rainbow said...

I'm so happy to see you back sewing! A wine mat...that does sound useful and very beautiful too. I likethe way you reused old familiar material too.

Faye said...

Quilting is a wonderful art form and your pieces make me want to dig through my scraps, even though I don't quilt. I really love the 11x12 one. Just fantastic.

Jackie said...

Wow! I have such admiration for anyone who can be creative with textiles. your quilts are fabulous, Sheila. I particularly like the coffee/wine mat. Jx

Studio Kaufmann said...

Such brilliant vibrant designs. I keep thinking I would never have the patience to quilt but maybe I should give it a whirl.

bellefrogworks said...

all beautiful - love the last piece - I am drawn to the abstract most.

denthe said...

Wow, this looks complicated! Beautiful designs, would love to have a go at patchwork myself :-)

Viola said...

Lovely work. I'm impressed by people who can sew, as I cannot. Lovely colours! :)

Electra said...

I love your whimsical approach to art of any kind!

My name is Erika. said...

Love your textiles. You put the colors together so nicely. I prefer the not so perfect geometric ones, but they are all beautifully done.

CS-CreativArt said...

These is so lovely, all joyful colors and pattern, wonderful!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Love your quilting pieces!

I have a soft spot for pieced quilts. And hand-quilting. Used to do it. And will again, since I have an unfinished quilt atop a closet shelf. Plus, some antique tops to sandwich and, quilt and bind. Such fun. And beauty!

enJOY!

Ophelia Staton said...

Glorious!!!!

~*~Patty S said...

Oh SO lovely...
you do indeed paint with fabrics dear Sheila
and very beautifully too.
Love the idea that nothing goes to waste.
You have given those special bits of fabric a wonderful place to be!
oxo
p.s. wine mat makes me smile!

Pia Rom said...

You have such amazing skills to do your incredible quilting art! I think I could never do this ;) so many little tricky things to do to make the whole mat fit and lay flat! I am totally thrilled :) ♥ Conny
Piaroms Art Journaling

ULKAU said...

How greatly that also you sew Quilts! This is a marvelously colored piece, it pleases me very well.
In former times I worked many Quilts, also from old materials, blouses, dresses etc. - it is so beautiful, if these memories can be held again in something new.
Your wine mat makes me smile, as Patty! - Ulrike

stefanie stark said...

When saw your most beautiful quilting pieces, I fell in love with them immediately! They are ravishingly gorgeous! And I love it that they include also so many memories referring to where they come from. (Skirts and curtains etc). Each piece of fabric got a lovely new function now and this is such a great inspiration to me as well!

Yvonne said...

I have just discovered your quilting pieces. They are beautiful. I'm a quilter too, never thought to post pictures of my quilts on my blog.