My wonderful guild (Canberra Modern Quilt Guild) had a sewing day today. And it was FUN! I turned up a little late, but that was ok because it meant I actually got a spot on the tables to sit and sew. This is what I worked on today. I did the fabric painting last year at a workshop with the utterly fabulous and talented Sue Dennis, and it's been a slow process getting it moving. I did a little of the orange a while back and ran out of oomph, but made great progress on it today, adding purples, greens and pinks into the bird of paradise.
The photos at the bottom show the detail of the inital laying down of small pieces of fabric, some a mere 2mm across, some up to about 9mm. I have copied this basic idea from an artist called Kathryn Harmer-Fox who does incredibly detailed pieces and puts down this layer and then "scribbles" over it with the free motion foot before she finishes it off with a ridiculous amount of thread painting and layering. Freekin seriously beautiful stuff. I'm hoping that as I find my feet with art quilting (this is my second ever art quilt, I might remind you) that I find my own style and my own techniques. I'm really grateful to Kathryn in particular for being so incredibly generous in sharing her progress shots and some close ups so us poor plebs can emulate her and grow in our own craft and skills.
This pic is an overall - sorry for the blurriness, I think the iphone has been dropped on its head a few too many times. I'm planning on doing the right hand side in machine fmq in purple and white only on the black.
I laid down the basic layering of colours today. The pinks and purples and greens were so much fun after spending so long on the orange/yellow stuff.
Detail of the pink and purple with *just* enough thread to hold it steady for now.
Started the thread painting over the top of it with a yellow/orange thread. I'm enjoying this SO much!