Square Leaf Study by Meredith Woolnough
Did you ever think that you could create light and delicate art objects using the embroidery feature and wash away stabilizer on your domestic BERNINA? Australian artist Meredith Woolnough creates startlingly beautiful pieces inspired primarily by underwater corals and other life forms. You will never look at machine embroidery in the same way.
Meredith is very inspired by nature, especially the plants she finds while diving in the ocean. After drawing out the design on water washable stabilizer, it is put in a hoop and free-motion quilted. The completed design is then placed in water to remove the stabilizer.
Check out the amazing pieces Meredith has created on her website. There is even a video lesson for those wanting to try out this process yourself.
The challenge was to create a 20" x 20" quilt using Cherrywood fabrics and specific "wicked greens" and black. Embellishments could also be used.
Some artists were influenced by the Broadway musical, Wicked, some by the book of the Wizard of Oz, and some were based on personal interpretations of the word "wicked."
The Wicked Challenge Exhibit will be displayed at The Gershwin Theater (home of WICKED™) on Broadway in New York City! The quilts will hang from September 18 thru November 3, 2014. This will be in conjunction with the 11th Anniversary Celebration of WICKED™ on October 30th.
To learn more about the challenge and winners, click here.
Here are some of the quilts from that exhibit.
Ever wanted to watch a quilt being quilted from start to finish? Here's a timelapse version of Angela using her longarm to take a quilt from start to finish. Wouldn't it be great if we could all finish a quilt in three minutes?
Star Members can watch more with Angela in Show 1306: No-Pin Curves and Quilting "Modern" in which she demonstrates how she gives traditional quilting designs a modern twist, and determines strategies for quilting the negative spaces.
If you thought that Kaffe Fassett only designed fabrics and quilts, step inside this fifty year retrospective to learn more about a man who loves color, pattern and texture. This special exhibit continues through November 2, 2014 at the American Museum in Bath, England.
Roderick Kiracofe has a new book which examines his stunning collection of approximately 150 eccentric and extraordinary quilts, made predominantly by anonymous quilters in the US during the second half of the 20th century.
Roderick talks about writing his book, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000, in the article "the imperfect, the patched, the torn -- joy and beauty in these states."
Click here to read the article at www.okanarts.com.
The Okan Arts blog is also giving away a chance to win Roderick's book, click here.