Starting this Friday, the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum is having 2014 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival! Come and visit from October 3-5, 2014.
I’m so excited, the director of the Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival just notified me my quilt Botanica has won an award.
-– NOTE added —- The quilt has been awarded with the Award of Excellence in Domestic Home Quilting and 1st place in it’s category.
It doesn’t say what kind of award… so I’ll have to wait until Thursday evening for the preview party at Maple Hall in La Conner, WA.
See the leaves and the hand quilting in the detail view of Botancia? I love Hawaiian-style hand quilting. The flower boards are quilted separately with extra batting underneath before I layered for machine quilting. One could say it’s a kind of “trapunto”.
The hand appliqué of the flower “boards” started many years ago in a appliqué class with Becky Goldsmith. Everybody knows, really good hand appliqué takes a long time to master. It took perseverance and practice to make my stitches disappear, smooth curves, keep the sharp points sharp and valleys safe and not distorted. To keep it interesting, – in maybe a stroke of genius -, I started the work on the very bright yellow background. To add even more variety, I split and pieced them together from different yellows like trimmed 4-patches. Turned out, the bright color disengaged the classic flower and well-known design from Becky, which has been published in print and DVD of Appliqué. But the samples are mostly on classic and very “quilty” fabrics. It became clear to me, any classic sashing or framing was not an option as a setting. I tried to imagine the extraordinary.
And here are a few images of my working progress:
The real kick came when I layered it on the hand-dyed fabrics from Judy Robertson, a renowned hand-dyer in Western Washington.
A lot of work went into the sewing the orange silk veins on my Bernina. Prepping all the fuzzy silk from a pile of silk scraps took me a long time. From the bigger pieces of the silk I created leaves to be appliquéd and made up 3-dimensional leaves for top stitching later.
The addition of the dark shadows make the piece really pop (compare the beginning of the work pictures). All of a sudden, three dimensions appear.
Layering on batting and backing, – getting ready for quilting! I love the look of the dark shadows, the design looks like its floating above it all.
As always, the quilting is the crown-jewel of the finished piece.