Monday, 13 May 2013

Festival of Quilts

Despite intentions to the contrary I am only just starting to get to grips with making a quilt, or maybe two, for this year's Festival of Quilts.  As well as entering for the main Festival I am thinking of joining in with a display of quilts by Contemporary Quilt Group members on a theme of 'Horizon', assuming my effort is accepted.  The Horizon quilts will be displayed in the food court area so will have a large audience.

Horizon can be interpreted in many ways, from the literal horizon to geological strata.  At the moment I am toying with a particular idea and am revisiting a previous challenge for inspiration.  Do you remember this?


My thoughts are running along the lines of layered sheers to make a very light piece.  I am going to be constrained by the requirement to have a minimum of two layers held together with stitch but I am hoping to find a way to keep everything floaty.  

Today I have been playing with some monoprinting and stamping on some of the fabric I intend to use:


I should really have been working outside in my studio but it's in a state of disarray so I took over the kitchen.  

Not long after it looked like this



The piece of styrofoam at the top of the picture is my favourite toy.  I picked it up on the seafront where seagulls had been pecking at ti and had wonderfully distressed the surface.



These silicon pastry brushes made some wonderful marks and I can see them becoming a popular tool too.









So far I've worked in black and white but there will soon be colour.  Some of the photos above have the drop cloth underneath showing through and that is going to become some lovely pages for my sketchbook.  

I am aiming to work in the style of Pojagi when I assemble the quilt so I just hope I have time to get it all done.  I have another idea for my entry for the FOQ itself and will need to get cracking with that very soon too.  Maybe I should give up sleeping........

13 comments:

Lis said...

Yes, a Julie interpretation of pojagi, this will be amazing.

The Crafty Mugwump said...

What a great idea- a floating quilt, not being a quilter I thought you always had to have three layers to qualify as a quilt,has that idea changed Julie?

Maggi said...

Well done going for 2 quilts. I like the idea of using the pojagi technique and those marks you have been making are very interesting.

Heather said...

You've been having fun. What a fantastic collection of marks - loads of inspiration there.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

How fun is that! xox

Wendy said...

I have been printing today too - I will show you mine if you show me yours ;)

Clare Wassermann said...

I like monotone printing too. Your ideas are super and I hope you realise your ambition. I look forward to seeing your pieces at the NEC x

Gina said...

Looks like you are going to have a busy few weeks ahead. I like the monoprinting.

Angela said...

Your mono printing is great and thanks for the useful tip about the silicone kitchen tools. I knew they must be useful for something. Good luck with the quilts.

quilthexle said...

Your prints look very interesting ... and It will be fun to see your pojagi variation !!
Take care Frauke

Linda said...

Well this all looks exciting Julie ...you've been making a fab mess in your kitchen and I really like the quilt at the top. Now I have to go and look up pojagi :-) xx

underatopazsky said...

That just looks like such fun! :o)

Evelyn said...

I love your monoprinting and stamping ~ truly inspirational Julie ♥