Saturday, 2 June 2018

Inspired By Fathers Gelli® Challenge

Gelli mono print monoprint gold leaf pop-up Khadi paper

This month's Gelli Arts® challenge is "Inspired by Fathers". I've made this 3D, pop-up piece called "Old Father Time". I've used Gelli® mono-prints with stamps, stencils, dye. Posca Pens and faux gold leaf. I used Khadi papers which can really stand up well to all the different media without disintegrating.

If you would like to participate in the challenge and be in with a chance of winning a prize head to the Gelli Arts® Facebook Page for details.

Gelli mono print monoprint gold leaf pop-up Khadi paper

gold leaf close up old father time mixed media

gold leaf close up old father time mixed media Gelli challenge

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Quilt As You Go Cushion

free motion quilting

What is this girly, traditional-looking quilt thing? I didn't make that did I? Not my style at all!

Yep I did make this, but only as an experiment to get the hang of the quilt as you go technique. I didn't want to use my prints yet until I'd worked it out so I used up some of my hand-me-down fabrics and made this quilt in girly colours which my daughter likes. So as I wouldn't have yet another experiment lying about in a drawer I made this into a cushion cover for her room.

The advantage of quilt as you go is that you don't have to get a whole huge quilt under a domestic machine. You quilt each part separately and join them at the end. I used a sasher from Pauline's Quilters World to make the thin purple strips. Here's a video demonstrating the sasher - it's definitely not as easy as it looks in the video!

I joined my quilt pieces with the seams on the front and then covered them with the sashing. A big advantage for me is that you can cover up all the places where your corners don't match up! Another advantage is that you can make your design up as you go along, it doesn't have to be all planned out in advance. I think this technique will work well for joining some of my monoprints into a bigger piece.

Seams on the pretty side before the sashing is added.
Here are some close up shots of my very inaccurate free machine quilting. Luckily this nature print doesn't need accuracy!

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Quiltwest 2018

I've been at the Quiltwest exhibition all day today. Pictured above (and detail below) is the winning quilt.

On display were many amazing quilts by members of the Western Australian Quilters Association. I had 3 pieces on show but you've seen those before so here are some of my favourites from other members. Sorry I don't have the artists details for them all, I was supposed to be doing white glove duty while I was taking photos!

This one (below) is a collaborative piece from the Contemporary Quilt Group. See if you can spot my self portrait.

This one is the winner from the under 18s section!

Also on show were the judges selections from the AQC and the Best of Australia.

In this one the hands were really 3D although it doesn't show in the photo

Overall winner for Best of Australia

I enjoyed this exhibition by the group SAlt. The theme was the hashtag symbol and each member made a large quilt based on this theme. The other members then all made a smaller piece inspired by the larger one. Finally the original artist made another smaller piece inspired by all the other members' small quilts.

It's only $10 for members to exhibit up to 4 pieces at Quiltwest. Perhaps you'll join in next year?