As the Crow Flies

I made this quilt for the Queensland Quilters 2020 Challenge,

I painted and pieced the sky; then appliqued the mountains and tree trunks. The tree trunks are painted and thread-painted. I painted the gum leaves with a sponge, using five different colors – greens and yellow.

The water is painted and quilted.

The crow is screen printed. I created a digital thermofax screen.

It was a lot of fun to make and I really like the end result.

It was awarded Judges Choice. Exciting!

It’s all about Colour

I dyed all the fabrics for this quilt – Procion MX dyes, low water immersion.A progression of shades from cool Yellow to Red to Blue and then a second progression from warm Yellow to Red to Blue; then the same progressions replacing the Yellow with Black.It’s difficult to see in the photo, but there are some absolutely beautiful colors in reds, purples, plums, chocolates.It was a really interesting and worthwhile exercise in dyeing fabrics and done in such a way that I can reproduce any of the colors whenever I want.

Reflections – an Art Quilt

Reflections is my latest art quilt.  It was juried into Qld Quilters State of the Art Quilt Exhibition 2019.  I really enjoyed working on this quilt.

It is currently on display in the Gympie Regional Art Gallery in Queensland; later in the year, it will be displayed at Surat in Western Queensland.

Materials Used

White fabrics – calico, silk noil, silk habotai, organza, satin, cotton, hessian
Paints, dyes, silk thread, cotton thread. Gold leaf.

Techniques

Painting, dyeing , stamping, screen printing on white fabrics.
Machine quilting, hand stitching. Embellishing with gold leaf and fabric paints.

Artist Statement

Reflections is my visual representation of the way our lives are layered and overlaid with experiences and events that we often have little control over. Yet through it all there is a constant core that shapes the person we become.

Hand-made Journals with tea-dyed pages

I have just finished making these journals.

The covers are from fabrics that I hand-dyed and the images are photos that I have taken. The poppy and the tree leaning over the water are from Monet’s Garden in Giverny (France); the third photo features Bunya trees from the Bunya Mountains (South-East Queensland)

I played with the photos in Adobe Photoshop Elements program and added layers so that they look more like paintings or art images than photos. Then I printed the images on fabric.

I used my Simplicity Rotary Cutting and Embossing machine to deckle the edges of the images, before adding them to the covers of the journals.

I used 4 threads and twisted them together for the ties.

The inside pages are made from tea-dyed paper.

This is how I tea-dyed the paper

I lined an oven tray with Alfoil and then placed a sheet of paper on top of the foil.

Then I made up a bowl of black tea, using 3 or 4 tea bags.

Obviously the stronger the tea, the darker the stain on the paper.

I didn’t make mine too strong.

I used a paint brush (about an inch wide) to paint the tea on the paper.

After the first side of the paper is coated in tea, I lifted it very carefully and turned it over.

The paper gets quite wet, so be careful turning it – it can easily tear.

After heating the oven to 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees F), I placed the tray in the oven for 2 minutes.

If you work with 2 trays of foil and paper, one will be ready to come out of the oven when the next one is ready to go in.

I left the sheets to dry overnight and then ironed them with a dry iron to flatten them.

These are the complete Signatures, ready to be sewn into the journal covers.

A Signature is the little booklet of pages that goes to make up a larger book.

I used 5 sheets of paper for each – lay 5 sheets on top of one another and then folded them in the middle. Ironed the fold.

I used 4 Signatures to make each Journal.

Hope you are inspired to make some tea-dyed pages!

Cheers, Lyn

Lyn’s Quilt – Tabula Rasa

Lyn’s first art quilt – Tabula Rasa

This quilt started with a plain white piece of fabric. It was inspired by an incident that upset me.

I dyed the fabric first, using Procion dyes; then added Shiva Paintsticks, screen printing, foiling, painted web.

The three circles represent the influences that I see affecting us in  our lives – Family first, then Friends.

These circles are applique, painted and then machine embroidered.

The third circle is Depression – Is there any way out? I think we suffer from depression when the other two influences in our lives are out of balance.

There is a screen-printed line from Simon and Garfunkel that is difficult to see –

Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again

I then quilted it with overlapping and intersecting cirlces.

I like the result – am very happy with this quilt. Making it helped me deal with the problem.

Christine’s Art Quilts

Lord of the Forest

Christine has made two stunning art quilts, using the Challenge fabric provided by Queensland Quilters.

Shambhala

The floral fabric in these two amazing quilts is the challenge fabric. Christine used applique, tranpunto, some hand embroidery and rhinestones as embellishment. She added details with fabric paint, and quilted them, free motion, of course.

They are each 50cm x 70cm