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:
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.
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. 🙂
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 – http://www.knottedcotton.com @knottedcotton
Janine – https://rainbowhare.com/
Nancy – http://www.patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com/
Carol – http://beadsandbirds.blogspot.com/
Barbara – https://theflashingscissors.blogspot.co.uk/
Ruth – http://benandcharlyscorner.blogspot.co.uk/
Gwen – https://textileranger.com/
Martha – www.weekenddoings.com
Julie – www.pinkdoxies.com
Maureen – https://josephinaballerina.com/
Tonia – http://allthingzsewn.blogspot.com
Kay – http://thecraftyyak.wordpress.com
Soma – http://www.whimsandfancies.com/
Fiona – http://celticthistlestitches.blogspot.co.uk/
Paula – https://paulabquilts.com/