Nourished, 31.5 x 34
I created it to enter in SAQA's upcoming exhibition called "Tranquility." I was thinking about the theme and wondering when and why I feel tranquil. I decided it's when I feel full and balanced. Not overwhelmed or overflowing, but that feeling moment when everything is in its place and has some gentle momentum toward growth.
I auditioned several fabrics and compositions.
I am always thinking about contrast. It really is one of the most important considerations in a design that works. I'm not sure I always get it quite right, but I'm always thinking about it.
You may notice that I was making long hassle necklaces for Christmas gifts. See them hanging on the right?
I finally settled on this.
The light teal background fabric needed some surface design. So I created a stamp out of sticky-backed fun foam.
I chose a subtle color for the printing. Almost tone on tone.
Next came lots of hand stitching, including this vine... I really loved changing the thread color with the fabrics.
Here's bigger shot of the vine with additional machine stitching.
Painted and stitched circles.
More painted and stitched circles and all those tiny leaf stamps.
I finished the edges with beautiful top stitching thread from Superior.
You may have seen this studio shot in my recent newsletter.
Nourished will have a partner quilt. It will likely be titled Depleted and be entered in SAQA's Turmoil exhibition. That deadline is another few weeks away. I am enjoying the process of creating two quilts with very similar designs, but trying to generate an entirely different energy.