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© Ruth de Vos 2016
87cm high by 88cm wide
Fabric paint, cotton fabric, cotton batting.
Screen-printed, machine-pieced, hand- and machine-quilted.
For local clients (Perth, Western Australia), I can include a frame (email me for details). The artwork comes with hook and loop tabs for mounting into a frame. Alternatively,the artwork also has a fabric sleeve stitched onto the back for hanging purposes, and can be hung without a frame using a gallery-style hanging system, or with two screws in the wall. More info including pictures here: http://ruthdevos.com/blog/how-to-hang-an-art-quilt/
Here’s an overdue post to let you know that I hope to teach at Quilt Symposium Christchurch 2017 in October. As some of you know, my teaching engagements are few and far between at the moment (due mostly to my prioritising family time here at home), so this is a rare opportunity!
I’m listed to teach two workshops.
The first is ‘Designing Your Own Pieced Botanical Quilt’, with more details available here. This is the workshop where you come armed with a bunch of photos of a plant that you like, and you create your own quilt design based on those. We also work through the basics of beginning to piece your beautiful botanical art quilt. This includes fabric selection; creating a working pattern from your quilt designing, cutting out the quilt, and making a start at piecing the bits together. Phew! That’s a whole lot to cover in two days. I’m going to work you hard!! This a crash course designed especially for all of you who have asked many times for a workshop to cover my quiltmaking process.
The second is ‘Enriching Your Quilt with Hidden Imagery‘. In this two-day workshop, we work through ways to enhance your free-motion quilting. I love to use the quilting process to add another ‘layer of interest’ to my art quilts. I like the quilting to help in telling the ‘story’ of the quilt. Together we’ll work through a number of ways to do that. In the workshop, we work through a bunch of samples, to equip you to apply fantastic quilting to your future quilt projects!
If you’re going to Quilt Symposium Christchurch, I look forward to seeing you there!
You may have noticed more hand-quilting in my work recently. Previously, I quilted my artworks completely by machine. In the last few years. Some of my quilts have received scattered lines of hand-stitching/quilting. More recently, some quilts have been filled with hand-quilting. This has come about for a couple of reasons.
Early last year I made a commissioned kantha-style quilt for a friend, for their wedding anniversary. She gave be a very open brief, and this was one of the suggestions I gave her. I've loved kanthas for a long time, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a go at one myself. And I loved how relaxing the stitching process was.
Then over the last year or so, I have been working through some health issues (which had built up over a lot longer than a year). This has included making changes to diet and lifestyle. One of the lifestyle changes is still very much a a 'work in progress' – the one about making relaxation a way of life. That's something I struggle with! But to get to the point, hand-quilting some of my quilts is one of the strategies I'm using to force myself to sit down and relax a bit more. It's really quite therapeutic! (Machine-quilting gets the job done a bit sooner, but is quite an intense task, what with struggling with a large bulk of fabric under a domestic sewing machine.)
If you're wondering about tackling hand-quilting, I love this explanatory blog post by Anna Maria Horner!
I love working on these small pieces. These ones are 18cm by 18cm. Most incorporate a piece of hand screen-printed fabric. All of them are quilted with a botanical images. These ones are not 'coloured images' – I think if them more in terms of 'pencil sketches', but then with thread. What you see most of in these pictures is the tracing paper that I use in my quilting process. The botanical image is drawn on to the paper, which I use as my stitching template. I stitch right through the paper on to the quilt. That way I don't need to draw directly on to the fabric.
Now to pull off all that paper.
The two quilts that I shared here last week are getting close to completion! Following ditchstitching, all the thread ends were buried between the layers of the quilt (by threading them onto a needle), and the second 'layer' of quilting was completed. That's all the blossoms you can see stitched through the paper. The blossoms were drawn on to the tracing paper, laid over the quilt, and stitched through all the layers.
The quilts have also been trimmed to size. The hanging sleeves have been prepared and one side of the binding had been stitched on. That means that all the machine work is completed. I love being at this point in a quilt. It means the hard work is done (quilting a larger piece is a really good arm workout!).
There's still a lot of handwork to go. The tracing paper needs to be pulled off. That will take quite a bit of time, because the blossoms are quite detailed. Then the extra thread ends need to be buried, the binding needs to be stitched down, and hanging sleeves and labels attached. But this is all gentle work and I look forward to doing it!