Saturday, July 11, 2009
My First Art Quilt
This quilt depicts the Egyptian Goddess Nuit. I made it for a quilt swap on craftster.org and it turned out pretty good for my first art quilt.
I pieced the background with different blue/aqua fabrics for the sky and a brown fabric for the earth at the bottom.
The Goddess was appliqued onto some muslin then appliqued again onto the quilt top. I left the muslin unfinished so it would fray into an interesting texture when I put it through the wash.
The "hieroglyphics" were quilted by drawing the pictures onto tissue paper and quilting over the paper.
It wasn't the best idea I've ever had, but it worked out okay in the end. There's got to be a better way to do it, though, because picking all that tissue paper out of the quilting lines was a big p.i.t.a.
This is what the quilting looked like after the paper came off - a little underwhelming:
Then I detailed the lady with some quilting:
To make the quilted symbols stand out more, I painted them in. Here are some of my favorite little parts:
I added some stars to Nuit's torso:
Here's the quilt from her perspective, where you can see the beads I added to her arms:
And here's a gratuitous extreme headshot closeup:
The next art quilt I want to attempt is a landscape quilt. Probably of some mountains. Like the ones in New Mexico. Yes! I am still talking about New Mexico!