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Thursday, September 24, 2015

TBT - Thread Quilting

Here are two of my quilts that were 'thread quilted'!  Guess that's better than thread painted!  These are each 20" x 24" and were made for the Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational.

Aisha-She is Life
Theme: Africa

 I found a picture of a pattern which was about 1" x 2" in an embroidery/needlework catalog. Well, I didn't want the entire kit, so I just took the picture and enlarged it, traced onto my fabric and then painted the fabric (excluding the borders) with thickened dyes.  I had taken a class by Hollis Chatelain on painting with thicken dyes, which was great!  She was a great instructor and I enjoyed 'painting' this piece.

 Of course after quilting, I had to add beads, right! I also took a huge assortment of fibers and braided them to stitch down for her hair. You might see detail if you click on the picture.  This was a fun piece to work on.  But aren't they all! 

Theme:  Italy

I made a drawing of Leonardo DaVinci onto a piece of plain background fabric.  Then I followed Anna Faustino's method for weaving quilts. Kinda tricky as I wove part of the background fabric after I had traced his face onto the fabric. Cutting just up to the edge of his face and hair!  Next up I did the thread quilting for his face and then quilted around the woven ends to secure.

 This is one of my hubby's favorite quilts.  He doesn't like my contemporary or abstract quilts.  He's more into pictorial since he used to paint himself.  Wish he would again as he was good at it.  He said it gave him a nervous breakdown!  

So that's it for Throw Back Thursday for my art work!  Hope you enjoy!


  1. The diversity and excellent quality of all your work continues to amaze me!!!

  2. The detail and quilting on this is fantastic...Your beading is amazing! Kudos!

  3. Your talent never ceases to amaze me. You were made to create any art that comes to your mind.
    xx, Carol

  4. Your skills are sew amazing. I love everything you create. The details and intricacy you achieve in your quilts is stunning. You are a true Artist Dear!


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