May 20, 2014

blogger's quilt festival - hand-stitched art quilt

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I'm entering a second quilt in the blogger's quilt festival!

Go to Amy's Creative Side and check out my hand-stitched art quilt entry: "Still Life in Shades of Taupe."

Voting begins May 24.





This small art quilt wall hanging is patterned after a quilt by the fabulous Japanese artist, designer and author Yoko Saito. I'm drawn to her beautiful taupe palette... and I collected many of her imported Japanese fabrics to make this quilt / wall hanging.





"Still Life" is 100% hand applique, and is hand quilted. Yes - this is all hand work! Edge-turn applique, hand embroidery and micro rick-rack. It took me one year to finish this. The basket is hand-woven, and the border is a lattice work that is also woven and hand-appliqued.

It is difficult to communicate the subtlety of the colors and detail with a low-resolution web photograph... but in person these colors are really beautiful and because they are so limited, I believe that the eye focuses on the design and the stitching. I've attached the finished quilt to a hand-painted canvas. It makes a perfect wall hanging.





10 comments:

  1. So absolutely gorgeous. Your handwork is just stunning. That's an area where I really have so little experience! I love all those subtle neutrals. I actually spent a bunch of time at IQF last year looking for taupe fabric without much success- it seems like it can be kind of hard to find sometimes!

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    1. I know lots of sources for the taupes. Let me know if you want me to send you links. These fabrics are not for everybody, but I find them beautiful. Thanks for commenting on the hand work - it is such a treat to be able to make this.

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  2. That basket alone is amazing - but add in all the other details, and wow!

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    1. Wow. Love all the positive comments! Thanks so much. This one is one of my favorite quilts. Makes me happy to see it on the wall... well worth all the weaving and hand work. Thanks!

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  3. Очень трудоемкая работа! Браво!!!

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    1. Spasibo!!! I translated this as "very time consuming work. well done." You are so cool to leave a comment here! Spasibo again!!

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  4. This is a very beautiful piece !

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    1. Thanks Vickie. I appreciate your kind words! I loved making this one.

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