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!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Art Every Day, Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Good Evening,
Here is today's new piece and it was a joy to make.... both times around.  I made the swirl fabric quite some time ago.  It is a batik made using Elmer's gel glue as a resist and  Dyenaflow paints.  I love swirls and circles both.  The movement of the swirl, the fullness of a circle.  They're both so female. 
Anyway, I chose a pink and orange hand dyed for the background and set it on orange dye painted batting.  I ironed some Misty Fuse to the back of the swirly Batik then cut out the large and small sections.  After playing with the positing for a bit I ironed everything in place.
The quilting is rather straight forward; white thread in the white portions of the swirls and a 1/4" grid in the negative space.  I chose to stitch the grid with straight lines rather than wavy, which would have been easier, so that I could practice straight line free motion quilting.  It ain't perfect, but it's not too bad. 
I like the depth that the swirls have.  In addition to the variation of sizes, this happened because of the way that I painted them.  They're sort of wonky with narrower sides and closer/farther apart lines and most of them are oblong rather than actual circles so that make them look as though they are bending.  I also like how the white pulls them to the forefront.  Because they are basically the same colors as the background, they could have easily gotten lost.  This was a good, creative day.  Wait till you see the project that I just finished.  Look for it in tomorrow's email and on Facebook.
Till then,
Heather

1 comment:

mary beth brunston said...

I like the grid quilting and the way it contrasts with the roundness of your swirls. I also like the colors! Again they are making me smile! Maybe I am over blues and teals, they were always my go to colors and now I am enjoying these warmer colors so much more! Keep them coming! Love it!