Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Colour from Nature

This is an old clematis almost in full bloom in my garden. There are still a few buds to open but this adds a wonderful spash of colour with the green conifers in the background.

This is a new clematis I planted earlier this year when we removed the large trees from the back garden. I love the colour of this one. I have another new one that is just beginning to bloom and it too is gorgeous but a deeper purple.

I finally mailed my module 2 work to my tutor on Monday. At the moment I am busy working on my 2007 entry for the Journal Quilt Challenge. I can't show you the quilt in progress but I can show you my quilting samples. My source was the clematis. I hand dyed cotton fabric with procion MX fabric dyes.

I have been busy experimenting with different quilting designs.

Once I had quilted each piece I painted over them with white acrylic. I think it gives a lovely effect to the finished pieces.

This is a different quilting design. All the designs are free motion quilted.

White acrylic paint added after quilting.

I used a rayon thread for the quilting - Anton & Robinson. I like these threads as they come in big reels and a wonderful selection of colours.

I love the effect the paint has on the quilted pieces.

The last two are simple stippling. I used to use this stitch all the time but I like to try different stitches now.

I have been playing with discharge paste on my hand dyes and I am having a great time. Adding colour to the discharge paste results in some wonderful pieces. I will post some pictures later as they are drying at the moment.


Skye said...


Your squares are absolutely lovely..


Alis said...

Those are so gorgeous Carol.
The colours are really beautiful.

Carol said...

Colours are stunning and the patterns are really interesting, I can't wait to see how they turn out.

Eva said...

This looks lovely and beautiful colors!!

Tonniece said...

Wow Carol, there's just no stopping you. These are great. I love the different stitching and color effects on them all. Can't wait to see them all done.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Outstanding colors and stitching! I can not wait to see your finished journals.

StegArt said...

Beautiful flowers and equally beautiful quilting samples.

Quilt Pixie said...

love those spirals! a great all over pattern :-)

Doreen G said...

Fantastic Carol and the stitching is brilliant.

Micki said...

Your stitching samples are wonderful. Love the paint over them.

Joanna van said...

I really like the swirl stitch. Your stitching is really lovely. It's nice to get back to the basics every once in a while.


Nola said...

These look so good, Carol! Painting over stitching is a lot of fun. I've been experimenting with the same thing this week (as you saw). I like the white overpainting - hadn't tried that one!