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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Carnival Reveal!

 This is my finished art quilt based on the theme 'CARNIVAL', 11.5" x 16.5".  I'm part of an online blog challenge from Art Quilts Around the World, which has a different theme every 3 months.  Our first theme was 'self portrait' and you can see 'me' here....nothing great!  I really did enjoy working on this theme.  So much fun!



I just happened to have brought with me some small fabric pieces and I loved the colors in this hand dyed piece I did many years ago!


So, it was my inspiration for colors to use for Carnival.







Of course, the piece needed 'something' so I added circles using one of Mary Beth Shaw's stencils I love!  Yes, I bring all my stencils to Florida each year!  And my oil pastels, which I used with my stencil!

I sandwiched the piece and used variegated thread to free motion quilt the entire background.  I had in my mind to add a beaded mask so......


I found a mask on one of the coloring pages on the web and printed out onto a sheet of Wash-Away Applique paper.  I layered it onto a piece of batting and started to bead, bead, bead!





This was my finished mask, which I then sewed onto the background and added some ribbons/threads I had with me!  Before, I attached to the background, I did scan the mask into my printer and printed onto organza sheets which I then stitched onto the background then carefully cut away the excess organza..of course I had to add some beads on them too!  So this is what has kept me busy for the past 2 months.  I did have my piece finished by March 18th, ahead of our March 31st target date.  I have other projects to get moving on so not sure I'll be able to meet the next challenge which is due June 30th...who knows!! 


9 comments:

Ineke said...

I think it is every TWO month and May 31. Sorry, am I wrong??

Createology said...

Robbie this is breathtaking! It has all the vibrant exciting vibe of Carnivale. Your attention to detail is what really amazes me. Blissful...

Mary Stori said...

Robbie...this truly took my breath away....it's awesome!!!!

Heather P said...

Gorgeous piece, Robbie!

Karen S said...

This is just wonderful. I love the beading, but the background fabric and stenciled circles make me want to get out my stuff and play! Great interpretation!

Nancy said...

This is amazing! All the wonderful techniques you used to make the, and the organza additions are a genius touch. just lovely.

Royce said...

Stunning love the vibrant colors.

Quilt Rat said...

Pretty fantastic! Love how you have combined surface design with stitching and of course your wonderful beadwork

bichonresue said...

This is just wonderful. I love the beading, but the background fabric and stenciled circles make me want to get out my stuff and play! Great interpretation!
Stunning love the vibrant colors.