Saturday, May 23, 2009
Sunflower Art Competition, Sunflower Art Quilt Almost done; Playing with Stamps
Last Saturday, while thrift shopping at Right and Relevant, I picked up this post card announcing an art competition and art show in Davis in June. The goal is to support the Mental Health Alliance in Yolo county...a neighboring county to ours. One can make any sort of art but it must have a sunflower as part of it. Could I make an art quilt in time to enter it on Friday, May 29th two weeks hence from then? I came home and got right to work. I already showed you the sunflower I made using both my felting machine (felt, cotton and wool roving)and my sewing machine (top sewing). Since then I have added some more top free motion sewing/thread painting its called to the area around the sunflower. And Thursday night after work I came home and stamped torn strips of some great orange fabric I had in my stash (also from a thrift store) using the sunflower I cut from the piece of Styrofoam and my green and turquoise ink pads. I also added a narrow border or darker red/orange that was left over from the very first quilt I made in my very first quilt class (July 2007). On Friday I got up early and pinned the borders to the sunflower and sewed them in place. It is almost finished. I am adding some seed beads to the very center of the flower and seed like beads (browns and off white) around the quilt on top of the red border. I'll show it all finished as soon as I sew on two more sides of beads. I think the brown beads set off all the orange. If you care to see the details of the stitches click on the photos. And finally, this is my little collection of handmade (by me) stamps I have carved out of that piece of Styrofoam and various sizes and types of erasers using an exacto knife. Am I having fun yet? You bet I am!!! I wish you all a fun filled weekend.