The Endeavourers’ Reveal Day Four: Improv

I can’t believe our online quilt group, the Endeavourers, has already been together for a full year!  I have loved working on our challenge themes.

This time the theme was Improvisation, and I thought I would have an easy time with that one.  I have always loved improvisational quilts — here is my favorite quilt of all time:

String Circles quilt.

We have three months to make a small art quilt.  I ran out of time to make my first, perfect idea, and turned to what I thought would be a quicker and easier idea — creating a flower still life with free motion quilting and fabric painting.  I have used watercolor pencils and textile paints in the past, and this time I also tried acrylic inks.

Part of a sampler of different ways to use the acrylic inks.

I tried two different techniques for adding lines and colors — quilting first on the blank white fabric, and then painting the color into the quilted shapes; and doing it the other way, randomly painting on fabric first, and then stitching around the painted spots and splotches.  I think the second technique worked better for me.  I wrote all the details about the process on the Endeavourers’ blog here.

I applied watercolor pencils, textile paints, and acrylic inks.  These colors are a little too raw for my taste — I did a little mixing, but these still remind me of colors right out of a box of crayons.  The solution may be for me to add more shades of ink and paint to my supply stash.  🙂

“Dutch Bouquet.” About 19″ x 18″.

Detail of mini-quilt flower.

Another detail.

I have been wanting to get into hand-stitching more, and I enjoyed the time adding stitches and beads to this piece.  I think it could benefit from more, but probably I will just take what I have learned and apply it to a new piece.

Please stop by the Endeavourers to see the other Improv pieces!  And here are the participants at their home blogs:

Catherine –   @knottedcotton
Janine –
Nancy –
Carol –
Barbara –
Ruth –
Gwen –
Martha –
Julie –
Maureen –
Tonia –
Kay –
Soma –
Fiona –
Paula –