Wow what a bumper week, not one but six projects finished. One textile piece (not included today) and five art quilts. Plus some hand stitching done, knitting, writing and I am embarking on some voluntary work. Breathe. Quilting my heart out indeed and how joyful that was.
Digital Art Quilting
It was such fun working on my new art quilts. I just love the design process. First up was the church one, I have done this one once before but was very hesitant about the quilting. I have had much practice since then and this one went very well.
Next up was a Shapes design (actually there is more than one but I have only printed and stitched one so far), I am so in love with the colours and the threads matched very well.
Along with those two sitting forgotten about in the same drawer was big bird. What took me so long to put this under the machine? He is chirping away merrily now.
Fabric Collage Quilting
Also in that drawer was a few pieces left over from one of the tea quilts. So this is the third in the series, getting a bit bolder with my machine quilting now. I would not have attempted writing Camellia sinensis this time last year. (Note to self, the other two tea quilts are not on the website).
Last but not least is another bird, Fantastic bird, an imaginary masterpiece! I did the background last week and the bird this week. Just love him. Hope you agree and that all these new pieces quickly find homes.
Tune in next Monday for another bumper selection of work and find out if I was quilting my heart out again. There is a clue in there as to next week’s projects.
Michael James Digital Quilt: When I first saw the announcement for this I was intrigued, because I have been creating digital images, digital fabrics and digital quilts for some time. In fact it was because people kept telling that my digital manipulations would make great quilts, that I, with very little sewing machine experience at all, came to be a quilter.
I love playing with my images, and if I have a strength, it is probably that I have found a unique way of digital manipulation. Playing with photos to reveal layers. For further details see my ecourse
The first ecourse I wrote was also on this subject. It is very dear to my heart and I have created a number of smaller ecourses dedicated to digital kaleidoscope creation or blocks. The courses are taken at home, so are suitable wherever you live and all have tutor input. My latest ecourse: Digital Quilting, will be available shortly. If you are interested please use the contact form, with the name of the ecourse as the subject.
Michael James Digital Quilt was a fascinating gallery that seemed to be a gallery of two halves, the brights and the darks. I preferred the brighter quilts shown here. His pieces are beautifully machine quilted. All the images that follow are Michael James quilts and are copyright Michael James.
One more gallery to come in this series of 6 discovering the quilts at FOQ 2019. Words and images copyright Karen Platt
There are traditional or modern quilts and there are quilts that transcend craft and become art.
“I don’t get it,” he said, “who buys these things? Why would you put a quilt on the wall?”
So I took him along to The Festival of Quilts, and he got the hanging of quilts on walls as decoration, but he is still not convinced about the money side. Isn’t this just a craft that people do when they retire? Aren’t they just given away for free?
I have said it before, that I came to quilting because so many friends said my digital art would make great quilts. I have still to use my digital art in that way, but now I am free to explore. Like knitting, quilts stand at the crossroads of art and craft. Original design alone does not make it an art form. Using art and design principles, like those I teach in the ecourses helps to distinguish a quilt as a piece of art. It’s also about breaking the mold of functionality and thinking outside the box.
Making money from any craft or art is never easy, but it is possible. I am hoping to make my mark on the quilting world for my innovative ideas and creative use of this medium.
A quilt artist uses traditional quilt techniques but also employs non-traditional ones such as digital or painting, dyeing or stamping, has a message or something to say. Modern quilting is big business.
You can find inspiration for modern quilting and other textiles in my ebooks