So, my first entry is in the Art Quilts Category. This particular quilt is one of my favourites probably because it was challenging, fun and rewarding.
I was commissioned by a friend's mum to make a small art quilt for her friend's retirement gift. I was pretty much given free reign to do what i liked but i did message ideas etc to get a better idea of the direction to head in. I started by cutting and piecing random low volume prints and greens to make up the background, i knew i wanted a fairly ombre look to the greens to show off the flowers i would put in front of it and i loved the effect it gave. I aimed for it to look like grasses blowing in the wind and think i pulled it off!
I continued by adding and layering the various reds for the flower petals and attached them to the background using raw edge applique by machine. I wanted to flowers to look fairly realistic but also to have a kind of illustrative quality to them. Once all the flowers were in place i basted up the layers and started quilting. The detail above shows how i tried to add to the idea of the long grass blowing by using some free motion sweeping lines. I also went over the flowers so that they were echoed on the back of the quilt. Finally I hand embroidered a quote by Charles Rennie Mackintosh on the back, the quote had been given as part of the inspiration for the quilt.
I hope you like it - remember to check out all the amazing quilts on Amy's Creative Side and vote for your favourites!