Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Art Every Day, Wednesday January 23, 2013

Good Morning,

Some days I just want to quilt. Do you ever feel that way? Well I guess today is one of those days for me.
Today's new piece began with a piece of hand dyed, heavy canvas layered on top of black batting.  I then cut a big swoop of bright yellow green velvet and set it down of the canvas and topped it with a piece of dye painted Lutradur in colors similar to the background colors but lighter. 
Then I quilted the hell out of the Lutradur section with circles and linear elements and quilted the background canvas with a highly decorative mix of swirls, swirly flowers, arcs and paisleys.  I used the same, bright red violet thread for all of the quilting.  It shows up great against the yellow green velvet and against the yellow portion of the background and melds a bit with the lower, pinker portions of the background. 
The small photo below shows the piece before I burned out the Lutradur section with a heat gun.
I really like the amorphous shape in this piece. It looks at once amoeba like and skeletal.  I simply love non-objective design!

Hope you have a wonderful day.
Till tomorrow,
Heather  

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

Wow. This is a stunning example of quilting! I love it when you are in the mood to quilt! lol

Your descriptions of your process and layers helps me a lot to understand the work, because everything isn't obvious in the finished piece. Having extra before and after photos is a big help too.

As I often do, I am struggling with the positive and negative space. I believe the wonderful shape is the positive, but I clearly need to do some more reading and looking at my assignment!