I went over my a friend's home last week. She has an amazing room off the kitchen for a studio and some "wet" work areas in the basement. She dabbles in lots of techniques and is just getting started as a fiber artist... but she's got great passion and potential.
In the basement, we picked up this little cloth from a pile of recently painted and silk screened works. (It's about 15 x 13.) I thought it was great. I said, Wow! You could just quilt it, embellish it just a bit and it would be super! Then I offered to give it a try! She accepted and we arranged a trade. I'd finish her small art quilt and she'd pack me up a bunch of embellishments and other goodies.
I just sandwiched it and started quilting. I used many of the same motifs I've used in the past. The ones I really like, feel comfortable with and add a whole new composition on top of the original painting.
Then I started to consider embellishments. I'm loving my new sequins...
I decided on a translucent greenish square sequin, then an orangey super small circle sequin topped with a iridescent seed bead outlining the circle.
It still needed something more I thought. That circle shape really reminded me of a washer (which I've used to embellish with before). I didn't have enough or the right size, but Home Depot is just around the corner (and across the street from Joanns -- dangerous).
And here's what I came up with. I think it's fun. I hope she likes it!
She and I are going to the Art Quilts Maine guild meeting tomorrow. We'll make our exchange and have a great girls' art day too!