Wednesday, May 28, 2008

In Progress....

Still working on these placemats. Got the quilting done in the center panels and outline stitched each and every little piece around the edges. Could I have picked a more time consuming pattern??? Between the pieced edges and now the beveled and mitred binding -- I have one thing to say, @$!@#!@#$^.

I'm also working on a 10x12 Van Gogh inspired Iris threadpainting as a special request from a friend. I've gotten the base painted and have laid on most of the threadpainting. I just have to complete the black outline and bind. I think the next one I do will be Starry Night. I saw a technique demonstrated once on Simply Quilts wherein you slice up little bits of fabric into skinny little slivers and use them to paint the surface of your design, securing the slivers when you are done with tulle and quilting. I think the very nature of Van Gogh's impressionistic brush strokes on that one will lend itself perfectly to the "sliver" technique.
Has anyone ever tried this technique or something similar? I'd love to hear from you if you have. I'm tempted to try this one on a really large scale -- but am leaning toward trying a tiny one to begin with and, if successful maybe doing something like 24x36 which is "large scale" for me.


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katie jane said...

Gee, I really like this iris panel. Wish I was the lucky reciprient.

Love to see your works in progress, Girlie.

Cestandrea said...

Sweet Cathie, is that you baby in the sidebar? What a cutie, you just want to cuddle this little thing:)
And great Van Gogh inspired Irises. And how much patience you brought up for these lovely little mats!
Have a wonderful day
PS I just adore the new banner, what is this? Did Sabrina paint this or you? Anyway, I just love it, very textile!

Pursuing Art... said... are doing a beautiful job! Time consuming, %$!?#$!&#!%, you are too funny! Keep pursuing Miss Cathie, you will prevail!

Lucky friend to receive your iris! It looks is!

Is the show you saw on Simply Quilts the one with the beautiful oriental lady doing the little tiny bits covered in black tulle and they were the trees in the forest??? THAT was one of the most GORGEOUS pieces I've seen! Along with a few Ryan McKenna, etc. Is this the one you are talking about?

I haven't tried it, but it sure is tempting! That sounds fun! It reminds me of doing a mosaic but instead of glass or's fabric! You Art Quilt Pusher YOU!!! ;-))

Noel said...

Wow Cathie, you are on a do such beautiful work!
Your friend will be excited to recieve the iris thread painting!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Cathie, I just got my copy of The Masters: Art Quilters, and Noriko Endo was one of the forty featured artists. Almost all her quilts were landscapes, but I don't know why her technique would not work beautifully for Van Gogh.

She was on the Confetti Naturescapes episode, QLT-1128, on Simply Quilts. I have been wanting to try this, also.

Karol-Ann said...

Oh those irises look gorgeous!!!

Guzzisue said...

beautiful Cathie :-) love the Van Gogh alike.
also,you've been tagged. See my blog post for today. Playing is voluntary.

Nellie's Needles said...

The technique of slivers under tulle sounds similar to the collage technique I use with scraps that I call "ortwork" (orts being the British term for scraps). I stack the backing, batting, and background fabric before arranging the bits and pieces. You'll find it all easier to work with if you give a light spray of Sulky Temporary Adhesive to your background fabric. I also adhere the backing and batting together with it. I also spray the under side of the tulle before placing it over the finished composition. Pin all the layers together and you're ready to machine quilt. Have fun!

Maggie R said...

Hi Cathie,
I'm feeling better now and It feels good to be back in the land of blog!.
I have so enjoyed seeing all your creative ventures and the photos of your garden,
I stopped here because i am such a fan of "Vincent"
I LOVE the iris thread painting.. The colors are gorgeous. I used "Starry Starry Night" as one of my Beaded Journal Pages. If you have time come over and have a peek.
It is a great subject for what you would do with thread...
BTW You have a beautiful pair of children... they must take after their Momma! ;-}

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