Monday, March 26, 2012

Shadow Play and Beads

Back in the first week of March I showed you the beginnings of this art quilt, before I started the quilting.

The next step was to do the free motion machine quilting.  There is something very 'zen' about doodling with a sewing machine!  In this case, I let the batik drive my stitching design by loosely following the pattern in the batik.

Once I finished the quilting this piece moved from my studio to the family room where I did the beading while 'listening to' TV.  I also added a little hand stitch with pearl cotton to give the smaller squares a bit more texture and interest.  Again, I used the design in the fabric (that I had fussy cut in the original piecing and fusing stage).

22 comments:

  1. I love this. It's so nicely designed and textured. I "listen" to TV too. If my hands aren't busy, I fall asleep to it.

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    1. Thanks Sandy. My husband will be amused to hear there are other TV 'listeners' out there. We would have done well back in the day of the radio shows!

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  2. VERY cool piece!!! wonderful workmanship as well!

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    1. Thanks Robbie. BTW, did you happen to check the post announcing who won Lyric's DVD? You really should check...because...it was YOU!!! I've been waiting to hear from you via email so you can send me your snail mail details so we can get it sent out to you. :o) Congrats!

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  3. Love the quilting!

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    1. Thanks Roberta. They were inspired by this months Colour Palette Challenge.

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  5. wow what a fabulous piece Linda ! love the colours texture beading and design very cool !!

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Can you see the pink glow? That's me blushing :D

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  6. Absolutely beautiful work Linda. Can't wait to see the quilting and beading up close at the next meeting.

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  7. Lovely work! Such effort put into this piece!

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    1. Thanks Sharon. It such fun to just play and see where it leads me.

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  8. I love this piece. It has great texture and I love all of the beading. Of course I love the colors!

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    1. Thanks so much Vicki. I'm certainly enjoying playing with your colour palettes. It's great to move outside of the usual colour 'box'.

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  9. The beading really adds some great dimension! Very nice!

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    1. Thanks Vicki. I must say I've become a little addicted to beading and a lot of my work now includes at least a few beads. :o)

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