fractured pictures

In past posts here I have shown photos of the ‘Fractured pictures’ project that my local art quilt group have been working on. We had a series of pictures that were split up into 6 equal slices and we all took a piece that we then re-created in fabric. You can see the progress here and here.
The pieces were then put back together with black framing, and even though it was a challenge working with pieces all made by other people with slight variations in sizes and seam allowances, I must say we were all very proud of the final effect!
The picture that I put back together was a night lights scene:

I made it into a wide wall-hanging using a black mottled fabric for the sahing and borders, to hopefully resemble a panoramic view.
This was the original photo:

and here are the two together:

We could exercise some artistic license in how the final pieces were assembled, so some were fabric-backed, some mounted on an artist’s canvas, not all used solid black fabric etc.
This next picture was put together by Jan:

This is a mountain hut, assembled by Shirley:

And this is a {European} city scape, assembled by Lyn:

the beach and an apple tree

A little more quilt art to show. Another talented Gatton Quilter has assembled the next fractured-picture art quilt from our yearly challenge. This one was assembled by Jan M.

Assembled by Jan M. Pieces (L-R): Lorraine, Meryl, Jan M, Shirley, Jan K, Karen

The original picture is on the left with our re-creation on the right. Jan has put the pieces together with a black sashing and black border and mounted it on a canvas. It looks fantastic- all the segments segue into each other to create a scene that you have to keep looking at to take in all the techniques that the contributors have used in their pieces.
By their use of paint, coloured pencils, fabric, threads, string and all manners of bits and pieces the creators have given texture and dimension to their pictures.
For my segment, which is the last one on the right in the completed picture, I added some sari scrap for the fallen tree and used different threads and hand-stitching as well as free-hand machine stitching. Below is the picture of that when I originally completed it.

I also recently finished another quilt on my long-arm quilting machine. This is Meryl’s apple core quilt which she pieced all by hand.

The quilting I did was a design of a tree across two segments and repeated across the quilt, so they appear to interlock with each other.

To get the design to be the same in all the blocks I made a plastic stencil to trace around, then hand-guided the machine’s foot to quilt it.
Hope you have a good weekend!

cute little trees

I have been working on some of my little Christmas projects and I have at least one of them finished to show. This is the little Christmas trees all in a row- they hang so long it was hard to get a good picture of them all!

I made them mainly with Japanese fabric and a few others thrown in. While it was easy enough to make, it was also a little tricky to get it perfect, in that some of the triangles are a little off-centred, but I think that just adds to the charm!

The pear that I started last week is not quite finished yet; here is a progress photo. Looks a plump little pear so far!

I also have a picture here of a completed fractured art quilt. This is part of a year-long challenge that Gatton Quilters Art group has been working on. The picture was divided into segments and 6 different people then had to re-create their segment in whichever way they could. One participant is then given all 6 pieces to put back together into a complete picture. This picture was assembled by Meryl, and is the first completed one we’ve seen. Doesn’t it look great? Meryl used a black with pin spots for the sashing and binding which really sets it off well.

Segments made by L-R: me, Jan K, Meryl, Judy, Jan M, Shirley

The remaining pictures will also be assembled over the next month or two so hopefully I can then show a few more on here.

I’m linking through to WIP on Freshly Pieced today, where there’s lots of “in progress” things happening.

the weekend’s happenings

A really busy weekend in my house! On Saturday I went to the Gatton Quilters monthly meeting/sewing day, which is always good to catch up on what others are working on at the moment. We also planned some projects that the group will be starting next year, as well as the Art Quilt mini-group’s activities. Some exciting things that will keep the grey cells working.
Our project for this year has been the fractured picture quilts which I’ve mentioned here and here. We are close to the end now- we will have one full picture for each participating member so we distributed all of the finished parts to their new ‘owner’. We each have to construct the quilt using those parts. We are adding black strips in between each part plus a border- but how individuals go about that is up to their own creative ideas. I have been given the ‘Nightlights’ quilt, for which this was the part I did:

Once the last few members have forwarded their parts onto me I’ll be able to put it all together. Can’t wait to see what the finished quilts look like.
I was also the lucky one to win this month’s raffle: isn’t it a beauty!

Alison made it, and she went above and beyond the call of duty: a lovely sashiko stitchery, with red thread on cream, even though the photo is not that good, which already has a place on my wall for Christmas.

Sunday was spent helping my daughter move out of her university residential college into a flat. It was a little sad as she has been living on-campus for three years now and made some really good friends. For her last year of her degree she will be sharing a flat with 2 other girls, which will also be a whole new experience in cooking, cleaning and generally being responsible for one’s own livelihood. She’s a beautiful intelligent girl so I’m sure she’ll work it out!
This photo was taken just last week when we had lunch together for Melbourne Cup Day.

It’s all good.

Fractured art quilt pictures

The art quilt group of my local quilt group has been working on these fractured pictures all this year, as posted about previously here.
Re-creating a picture or photo in fibre or textiles can take a lot of thought and effort, and many members initially felt a little unsure as to how to approach each month’s task. After this month’s recent meeting I was reflecting on how far each of us has grown in our art quilting progress.
Many of us, probably of all of us, were originally more of a traditional quilter in the quilts we made, but these monthly challenges have stretched us; it’s been great to see some ladies, who may still not call themselves an art quilter, continue to ‘play’ and try out different techniques and try out ‘what if’ scenarios.
This month, we had pieces of two different pictures to re-create. These will be the last for this year, and once everyone has finished their pieces we will allocate one picture to each person to then assemble. We are planning to put a thin black border around each piece when joining it to the others and the plan is to at least get the top assembled to show at our Christmas meeting.
This is my first picture for this month: it was part of a scene of a lake with a frozen ice top. That in itself took lots of playing and experimenting! I ended up using a mustard-coloured fabric for the base, a little shading with a black Inktense coloured pencil and then free-hand stitching on top with silver thread. (Picture on the left, my re-creation on the right)

The bush and trees were done by first felting some dark green crocheted wool and then some grey yarn for the tree trunks. Lots of stitching on top helped to give the look of the sinewy undergrowth.
This next picture was part of a night lights scene. I used check fabric to simulate the buildings and hand-dyed multi-coloured fabric for the water. Once again Inktense pencils were used, this time to give the shadows on the water. Stitching with silver thread was used for the ropes strung over the water.

The photos below were of Margaret’s pictures, one of which is another segment of the nightlights picture (not quite finished) – check out the fine silver chain or thread (?) she used for the rope- very effective!

This one of Lyn’s is part of a balloon picture:

One of the other pictures is a map of Australia, so each person in this group was given a state to recreate. I only have a few here, and even though Tasmania doesn’t show on the picture, we have included it!

Jan (L) & Shirley (R) -recreation in top left, picture in top right; map picture on left, Meryl (WA) and Lyn (NT and SA)

And another of Meryl’s:

Looking good!

Fractured slices of quilt art

In our ongoing series of fractured quilt pictures, my quilting group have been given the last of our picture segments to re-create for the year. Like this one I showed a few months ago,
we are each working on one slice of a large photo or picture. By the end of the year we will have 12 pictures, or rather the segments that go to make up 12 pictures. Each contributor will be given one group of segments to put together and finish off to have a completed picture. We have decided to put a narrow sashing of black in between each segment and probably a black border.
Of course, the slices of the pictures vary for each person- some have more detail, or in need of embellishment, or application of texture in varying ways. We have found them a real challenge, because while we are re-creating a picture we don’t want to limit ourselves to only copy it exactly. The idea is to think outside the square a little, and use different fabrics and bits and pieces to good effect: to try and give the illusion but not necessarily the exact copy. An example is in this picture I did one month which was part of an old rusting shed. I used some old tapestry-type fabric on the roof because it gave the effect of the colours of the rusting iron with old drying leaves. (Mine is on the left, Lyn’s on the right.)

For this month I have two pictures to produce and they look a little tricky! My usual approach is to look at them for a week or two and think about how I might do them- whether to do some fabric painting with textile paints or pencils, perhaps do some needle felting?, perhaps use fabric remnants. The first picture for this month:

Obviously part of a night-time city scape, it has a number of elements to consider. The buildings with all their windows and the shiny lights reflecting off the water occupy my thoughts.
I decide to go through my stash and see what I have to use. My first pick is this hand-dyed fabric for the sky:

The fabric itself is purple, and while the sky in the photo looks more blue, when I put the fabric next to it, it looks a better match than any of my other choices.

Next are the buildings- they could be a nightmare if one wanted to try and reproduce them exactly with all those little squares, so I’ve come up with this checked fabric, which when put in place could give the impression of a building,
plus the couple of striped fabrics for other sections of the line of buildings.

The trickiest part is the lights on the water, so I’ve left that to last. Taking a step back from it, I look at just the colours that are in it. If I can use a mottled fabric that incorporates those colours, I can maybe further enhance it with stitching to get the real shiny bits. I decide that this hand-dyed fabric might be suitable for that:

It has lots of bits of blue and green as well as the mustard-gold so I might be able to find a section that will suit. Then of course it will need lots of stitching to add the final elements.
I am going to put the fabrics together to make a collaged picture, attaching them to a calico background. The background is marked out so that I know the exact measurements of my piece, and I also make a mark where key elements occur along the sides, as this is where my piece must line up along the edges of the other slices being created by someone else. These would be things like where the buildings are, where the buildings meet the water and the sky and anything that extends or passes through my picture through to its neighbour when assembled.

Anyway, that’s the plan, what do you think of my fabric choices?

This is the second picture I’m doing this month, and it looks even harder!:

The only start I’ve made is that this mustard-gold fabric looks close to the colour of the background underneath the ice. I have no idea of how to reproduce the look of the cracked ice, yet…

Postcard play

At our recent textile art exhibition, we had a section devoted to our Postcard Challenge. Each member of the Art Quilt group took part in the Challenge where we created a textile postcard to a different theme each month. It was an excellent way of experimenting with various techniques in surface design, quilting and embellishment. By only having a small size to deal with, it meant that we could experiment without worrying over the effect on the final appearance of a large quilt; great for trying out lots of “What if…..” ideas. At the end of the Challenge, we all stuck the postcards onto a black art canvas for some cohesion within the exhibition. The photo above is of my postcard collection.
I thought I might occasionally show here on the blog each of the postcards that I created. You’ll probably note that with these art pieces I tend to like finishes that are not completely neat and tidy- my cards often have threads dangling off them, raw edges, I don’t colour within the lines, etc. I like to embrace the ‘wabi sabi’ aesthetic of beauty within imperfection. That’s not to say I don’t and can’t create with precision and exactness where required; I just like the handmade look on some of my own things.
I made this postcard in response to the theme of “Found”.

I started with some dark fabric and painted it with gold fabric paint. It was then quilted in a grid pattern. I hand-embellished with lots of objects I found- found on one of my walks, found while looking on the ground for discarded bits and pieces or even found in the cupboards or drawers of my sewing room. They were each sewn down with a variety of threads.
At a recent meeting of Gatton Quilters, we had some more of our fractured pictures on show. Not all of the participants had brought in their piece so we didn’t have any completed pictures but here are some of the installments. This also is another way for us to practise different methods so once again I have been trying to vary the techniques I use.
Below is Lyn’s piece, beautifully done and it looks better than the original picture slice which is on the left:

Three other pieces of a different picture (you can see the theme this month was buildings):

(L to R: Trish, me, Shirley)
This month I coloured in the building with Inktense watercolour pencils and then free-motion sewed with black thread around all the outlines to give the appearance of a hand-drawn line.
The original photo:

I have to end with a photo of our little dogs today: Hayley the cheeky puppy on the right recovering well from her little operation this week and (annoying) playing with Chloe .

Our Art Group picture

This month, one of the fractured pictures that our Art Group worked on was of a an old shed in a typical Australian setting. Once again, the picture was split up into 6 pieces and each person had to recreate their slice of the picture. Each person working on the piece can interpret it how they wish; any techniques can be used and any materials and tools utilised. The only guidelines are that each piece has to fit within the size limits of each slice and where an element of the picture would appear to continue into the next slice, that the line is correct and will match up, e.g. a tree branch or a roofline. Below is a photo of the picture we used:

And here are our interpretations (some pieces weren’t entirely finished when the photo was taken):

This was worked on by (l to r): Alison, Jan K, Shirley, me, Lyn and Margaret.

OUr intention is to join all the pieces up with a thin slice of black between each piece, to make a completed quilted art piece. At the end of the year we hope to have one completed piece for each person involved in the project. As there are 12 people contributing, we are doing two pictures each month to make sure no-one misses out! So far we have done outdoor scenes or landscapes, but we are trying a few different looks for the next few.
It’s been great fun to do but has also served the purpose to get us thinking about line and texture, about colour and value and made us experiment with different techniques that we might have previously only dabbled in.