‘ Images to quilts’ that is what is keeping my thoughts and hands busy.
I have been busy last few weeks. I have been updating all my albums stored in my computer, sorting them out.Starting of the new group ‘Images to quilts’ was close to my heart as that is what is really me as a quilter, I like sharing my thoughts with like minded people. I did not take much time to pick this name to my group or the workshop as ‘that is me’ all along . I am a photographer first and quilter later. As I pulled piece after after piece of my old quilts I realized they all had some image inspiration from my own travels and my photographs.
That is what I really like as a quilter and hobby photographer combined together. The workshops i did on images to quilts -landscapes was the best for me as a teacher I enjoyed doing them. I do paper piecing too. But that is an existing technique and the creative juice flow is limited where as in images to quilts I involved techniques which I invented, and modified with each quilt, and that is fun part.
The scores of tours I did all over the world with my family has yielded in loads of photographs.The Great Wall of China, the sunsets of Scandinavia , Russia, Petra,Dead sea in Jordan, Machu Pichu in Peru, the snow peaks of Kashmir,Pyramids of Egypt,Tajmahal in Agra,Leaning tower of Pisa,the skyscraper in New york, lake Titicaca, the Niagara falls, the rocky mountains in Oman, landscapes in India,the list can go and on. As I sit back and look at the images from this travels I wonder is this life time enough to convert them into quilts.
But the few I am doing now is giving me such immense pleasure. I don’t mind how many I do but it makes me happy and takes me back in time to my travels and the beautiful time I spent with my family.
Zinnia Garden-Mixed Media
Time stops here. I have met this guy a few years ago, seeing him again I felt time has frozen.
Nothing has changed.The same discolored walls, same wooden frame, same coree beads and the same happy face creating a boarder with pearl beads and Zardosi chamki thread work.
This needs a lot of eye hand coordination . But the way these artisans handle the tiny beads are amazing.
Jamal’ is going to be displayed in International quilt festival Birmingham England from 7th of August 2013 as a part of the exhibit called cross roads.
‘Jamal ‘(Camel) is known as the ship of the desert. They were the only means of transport in the desert terrain in olden days. In recent years they are also used in touristic locations in Arab countries. The quilt depicts an image from a photograph taken by my self in a trip to Syria. This depicts a camel ride in Palmyra Syria There is practically no era not represented in Syria Palmyra, the
great caravan city at westernmost point of the silk road. The carved limestone structures standing on the sand show the examples of Roman architecture.
Tea dyed fabric, 3D applique, thread painting,pure cotton and tule,machine quilting and piecing.
The 14th Annual Kuwait textile arts exhibition saw 150 exhibits and 30 winners in all.The best of show was a beautiful art quilt called ‘My Omani friend’ by Hayfa Al Mughni , a well deserved win.The exhibition also brought a few pleasant surprises to me. Ailing from a frozen shoulder most part of the year, I could not do my 100% and did not expect much. But it is always a nice feeling to win a few awards. My ‘ReLeaf’ in the applique category won the second place. This quilt is dear to my heart as it is a very original thought and composition and i had gone all around Kuwait picking leaves(it is difficult find trees here) painting them and getting the impression to applique.
I also had two foundation paper pieced projects. A3d box called ‘Contained’ which won highly commendable ribbon , it was a difficult piece because of the “Y’ seams and the intricate quilting around it with color on color. This one took me month to make.And there was a easy one, a parrot called ‘Shuka’ which I had completed in three days:)
In the last minute a day before the exhibition I wanted to do a fun piece and came up with ‘Tanager’ an art quilt.took me day to make it.
I also had a fun piece in the home accessory section. it was fun to do these Yoyo’s while I was suffering from the frozen shoulder and could not use my machine to quilt.’Blooming Yoyo’s’ was hung in the home accessory section.
The exhibition was well organized and arranged .
This is the 14th year of the Kuwait textile arts group exhibition and what an incredible journey it was. I had exhibited in all the last thirteen years , but this year may be my least participation thanks to a haunting frozen shoulder, which tormented me for the whole year.Few small pieces made at the last moment may not be great but it just made me feel I can still quilt.
Leaves from trees picked around Kuwait are painted with Fabric paint, impression taken on fabric, cut and appliqued. An effort to save the real leaves impression as greenery is rare in Kuwait
This method is also known as Raw edge Appliqué. In this method top fabric is fused to the base fabric. A fusible web binds both the top and base fabric by ironing. once the design is traced on the fusible web, cut it to the exact shape, iron it on to the chosen fabric and feel off the backing paper exposing the glue, iron it on to the base fabric.
My favorite brand of fusible web is Heat N Bond available in quilt shops. This has a paper backing and easy to use.You can also buy the fusible web in roles without paper backing or in meters. The ones without backing can be used by placing them in between baking parchment. If you cannot get this webbing you can use a fabric glue or glue stick which may not be perfect but can work. A special iron is another added tool but normal iron can do the same task.
Chose a design.
Choose a design and convert it to line drawing.Number each of the pieces starting from outer edge to inner edge or left to right or vise versa.
Using a fabric carbon trace the pattern to the base fabric.You can use a fabric pencil to strengthen the lines.
Now make a reverse copy of the pattern and trace it to the dull side of fusible web. Dull side is the paper side and the back of it is the fusible side with glue.
Choose your fabrics for appliqué
Cut out the shapes from the traced design on fusible web and iron it on to the back side of the selected fabric. Cut out all the fused shapes with one side exact and other side a scant 1/4 inch eye measurement. The idea is to fit each piece like jigsaw puzzle.
Remove the backing paper, arrange all the pieces to recreate the design on the base fabric and iron it on.
Stitch around all the edges with straight stitch. If you don’t like the raw edge look you can statin stitch around the edges.Once the process of fusing and stitching is finished thread painting it with matching thread is an option
Join the finished block to other pieces to create a table mat. Back it with batting and back fabric and quilt as desired.Bind with black fabric.