I've been working on my art quilt (with the Dominican Republic foliage theme) today, adding some machine quilting with green tonal quilting cotton, stitching palm trees and leaves. The shade of my quilting cotton is appropriately called "foliage". I had to stop to fill a new bobbin so I took a picture of some of the colours
This is the quilt pieced together "my way". I'm not a traditional quilter and I am in awe of all the talented quilters out there who do it properly! I do it "by eye" and the pieces are all different sizes. I prefer to work this way because it holds a bit more interest for me personally
It's a bit creased here where it's been folded but it still needed to be pushed and pulled through the sewing machine so I didn't worry!
The rest of these pictures show a bit more detail. Most of the fabrics are hand dyed by me using silk paints and there are some pre-printed cottons in there too
The images are from photographs I took in Dominican Republic, photocopies of maps, stamps, bank notes or postcards. I transferred the images to cotton using Dylon Image Maker. I used both methods of Dylon Image Maker. Some of the images were transferred using the paste method which gives a matt finish. Some were transferred by printing the image to Image Maker printer paper then ironing it onto the fabric. This second method is much quicker than the first but gives a glossy finish which I'm not so keen on
In this picture I used a stamp, a photocopy of a map of Dominican Republic and a photograph of pink and green tropical leaves
The images here are tropical fruits from a market stall, a photo I took of a painting of a stralizia plant. The painting was on the wall of our hotel room and I thought the colours worked in well with the quilt. At the bottom there is a green parrot, a native bird of Dominican Republic, a photograph of a yellow flowering plant and some tiny little orange flowers which I pressed and trapped under plastic and sewed to the top of the quilt
In this one some of the images are repeated but you can see a traditional Dominican Republic house, a shack painted bright yellow. Some of the houses are so vibrant and zingy! The crocodile was on the front of a menu book and the palm tree trunks were a photograph I took in the gardens of our hotel. On the far right are more palm trees in sunset colours
This one features some Taino art masks that were hanging up outside a shop
A great variety of tropical fruits available on a market stall
Detail of the yellow flowering plant. It was a little like a hydrangea but lovely orangey/yellows
Here you can see the menu book with the croc on it!
This one shows the palm trees and yellow house in a little more detail and also part of a bank note which I photocopied and transferred to fabric
A tropical plant with green and pink foliage
At the bottom you can see some native Taino art designs - a fish and a circle. I bought a small piece of original Taino art which I photocopied and transferred to fabric. The original piece was made by using a flour/water paste resist on canvas before being painted and varnished
I've almost finished machine stitching, adding applique and hand stitching - so I'll show you the completely finished quilt very soon!