Today We Will Live In Colour

FEBRUARY

Mercifully short of days, February full of greys,

Grey cloud, grey sky, grey land, grey sea,

Grey birds, grey fish, grey you, grey me.

O whatever could be drearier!

How I long for something cheerier…


SO TODAY WE WILL LIVE IN COLOUR


TODAY WE WILL LIVE IN COLOUR!

Today is the Reveal Day for the Endeavourers Art Quilt Group and our theme for this quarter is ‘Texture’. I began with some textured fabrics and a couple of experiments with fabric manipulation (blogged here) and I soon decided that, rather than making an abstract textured piece, I would make a picture incorporating a wider than usual range of textural materials. I also wanted to make something lively and colourful to hang on the wall in the Makery to cheer the place up a bit during this drab time between New Year and Spring.


FABRICS

I began with a background of brown utility fabrics (middle) and a gold acrylic (top) and selected a variety quilting and dressmaking cottons and linens to make the circles/clamshells.

And, at the bottom I used an ochre cotton, upholstery check and some Kona solid for the sea. The grey band is something nylon that comes to put around the bottom of the legs of suit trousers to stop them fraying and I included the not-very-successful twisted pleats just because I’d made them. It was a joy to use so many odds and ends that I’ve kept for years for no good reason!

I also used a piece of embroidered linen and a band of music themed trimming. The dress, I know, is a touch ill-fitting but i was the best I could manage with my trial of honeycomb smocking :)


THREADS

To create surface texture, I used embroidery silks, sewing thread and a metallic gold which I had to couch because it had a tendency for the gold to shred away from an orange centre thread,

And to create a more quilted texture I used a combination of embroidery silks (using different numbers of thread sewn together) and some vintage stranded silk on the gold and three threads of a variegated stranded DMC skein for the sea. On the circles, I used a gold coloured silk, which is nicely luminous when the light catches it. I also did some straight line machine quilting but it is mostly obscured by buttons etc.


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Apart from that I used padded applique for the people, fish and birds and buttons (which have different textures to each other and create a textured effect en masse) and a knitted hat.


This was a continually evolving project. There was a lot of handwork and as I worked on one thing I thought about what to do next and I added elements just because they involved a ‘new’ texture and happened to come to mind. It was a very enjoyable way of working and, although if I were to remake it I can see design changes that might improve it, I think it’s turned out to be much livelier than pictures I’ve sewn before and it’s certainly converted me to the idea of adding a lot more texture and variety to my quilts.

I’m very grateful to my fellow Endeavourers. Without the encouragement and enthusiasm of this lovely group, let alone the Themes and Deadlines, I should never find the time or inspiration to embark on such adventures and I hope you will visit The Endeavourers blog to see what they have all made for this challenge.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


I am linking this post with: TGIFF at Devoted Quilter

And, as it comprises virtually all my sewing and photos during January – which was not a great month! – with: Wandering Camera

And Helen’s new linky party:

Archie The Wonder Dog

Just Improv

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Today is the Endeavourers’ fourth quarterly reveal day and I’m very grateful to all my fellow members for their endless inspiration, encouragement and enthusiasm. I love the way this group prompts us to embark on new journeys with fabric that we should never otherwise have contemplated :)

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This quarter’s theme was ‘Improv’ and I resolved to make something just improv – no stories, no pictures…

 

If you are a regular follower of my blog, you may have noticed I don’t really do abstract…

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So this was certainly a very tricky theme for me and you can read more about my challenges this quarter and the process of making this quilt here.

Please visit The Endeavourers blog to see the improv quilts my fellow group members  have made. I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderful and varied collection and I can’t wait to see them all myself.

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Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I’m linking this post with Leanne at Devoted Quilter for TGIFF and CRAZY MOM QUILTS for Finish it up Friday

Don’t Poke the Bear

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Yesterday, February 1st was the first Reveal date for The Endeavourers, our new art quilt group, and our theme for this quarter was ‘Nature’. My full post for the quilt I made for this challenge, including both my thoughts and the making process, can be found on The Endeavourers blog so I am just posting a summary here.

It is called ‘Don’t Poke the Bear’ and uses the bear (which I hope looks like the world) to represent  Nature and is based on the idea that if you poke a bear, or cause sufficient disturbance to the natural balance of the environment, it can be expected to roar and fight back.

IMG_2343The tear is for the suffering and loss of individuals, species and habitats that is occurring in the interim and with a special sadness for the state of the oceans, which are filling with plastics at a shocking and unsustainable rate. A particular inspiration for this aspect of my quilt was the short video below, which is the saddest I have ever seen.

http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/albatross-trailer/#trailer

I felt very reluctant to contribute such a sad quilt and blog post to our first art quilt reveal, which is an exciting and joyful event, but my hope is that perhaps by making this quilt and sharing the video I will add a small voice to all those who are campaigning for a dramatic reduction in the use of unnecessary, and especially disposable single use plastics.

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I hope that you will visit my fellow Endeavourers. Their response to the Nature theme has been amazing and you can find a wonderful variety of beautiful, inspiring and uplifting art quilts on our group blog.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare