"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Sunday, February 25, 2007

A Finished Project!

Miracle of all miracles, I have finished a project! I am taking the class "Self Expression" through Quilt University. Our assignment this week was to take something from our stash that we "love" (and any fiber artist knows how hard it is to use a favorite fabric - because then we won't have it anymore to dream about!), create an abstract sketch, and make an 8.5 x 11 piece from the sketch, using the favorite fabric.
I chose a blue batik that I've been hanging onto for a while, and a wooden button that I've had for years. The button was a gift from a friend who was in the South Pacific in the Peace Corps. I think it's beautiful but I could not imagine using it. I also chose a brown batik that is fairly new, but that I also love and probably would have avoided using.
The rectangles are cut from a wooden placemat (very thin wood), painted, embossed, and beaded. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and the good news is that I get to keep it! I am also glad to be "caught up" with this class until next weekend. Now to shift my focus to getting some others things finished.


Clevelandgurlie said...

I love your "self-expression." Tell me two things, the metallic lines through the "bow-tie" shape, is that metallic thread or beads (I can't tell) and how did you bind it. It is really cool.

Michelle said...

Glad you like it!

The quilting lines are actually just a variegated rayon thread (in shades of aqua). It does stand out nicely against the brown. I bound it with a black (almost solid) fabric in the traditional quilting way. The wobble along the bottom is just how the pic turned out, but it's pretty much a straight forward binding. I thought about couching some fibers around the edge, but I think I'm calling it done.