This year I challenged myself to enter a wool quilt in Art Quilt Australia. This is a biannual exhibition organised by Ozquilt network, an organisation that brings Australian art quilters together. The exhibition with be held from 9th of September till the 22nd October at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery in Launceston Tasmania this year.
My wool quilt titled Woman of the Wagga: the lifelong partnership, is finally finished and my online entry completed.
I stitched together pieces of pure wool fabric, this time joining them together by simply butting them together and using a machine feather stitch to join both pieces (I used strips of fusible interfacing to hold the pieces together before stitching). I did this because wool is thicker than the usual quilting cotton and wool seams are really thick and difficult to freemotion quilt over. Once I had made the Wagga (a historic Australian version of a quilt that was wool fabric stitched together to make a warm blanket) I layered the batting and backing together and used my quilt frame to baste the layers together using large spirals. I then used my dyed un spun pure fleece to ‘paint’ the picture, simply stitching over with free motion machine quilting to hold it together. This was very challenging and time consuming as the wool is very think and doesn’t slide easily under the darning foot. I used a Taylor’s awl to hold the fleeces flat so the foot moved over it without getting stuck. The beauty about this technique is more fleece can be added one small piece at a time. Once I had done all this and was having with the colour and form I freemotioned around using a much tighter design. I used a dress making style facing instead of binding.
In these close up pictures you can see how the detail is formed using fleece and stitching.
This is my other entry. MMXVII Made I’m Australia. Originally made for AQC2017, but since it was juried in to that exhibition I have submitted it into Art Quilt Australia. I wanted it to read like a painting and included as part of the design a Matt and gold leaf frame. I also added a brass plaque and decoration. It was a lot of fun to make … I used the wildlife around my Australian bush home as inspiration. The cheeky possums are frequent night time visitors to our house and the view is of Kangaroos of koalas in the bushland at the front of our house. This is the view from our large front windows! The fabric is natural linen and I have used paint and inktense pencil to paint the design before free motion quilting. I have used black thread to outline and used recycled banana silk to form the leaves on the gum trees, using sari silk thread for the flowering gum at the base of the frame.