|"Map of Regional Attractions #3"|
Title: "Map of Regional Attractions #3"
Materials: cottons & synthetic fabrics, tulle, lace, inkjet printed cotton, oil paint stick, laminated imagery, perle cotton, Swarovski crystals, press-on sequins
Dimensions: 20.5" by 14.75"
This quilt makes heavy use of oil paint sticks, which I have recently realized are an incredibly powerful tool for adding texture or imagery to a quilt. The shark was made using the paint stick "carbon paper" technique I demonstrated in this post, and other areas have antique gold pigment applied using the tip of my finger onto already quilted areas. This produced a beautiful and dramatic effect that I will definitely have to explore further.
|The shark was created by tracing a drawing on paper with paint stick pigment liberally applied to the back side.|
The graph-y looking images were from a book titled "101 Ways to Use Your Sweep Generator," which was found at a Goodwill in Seattle a million years ago. I had no idea at the time what a Sweep Generator was, and I have to admit, I still have no idea because instead of reading the book like a normal person, I immediately cut out all the fabulous illustrations and laminated them. They've been slowly finding their way into projects ever since.
|The little rectangle of Swarovski crystals were leftover from a Rockette costume.|
This quilt was mostly completed while my new machine was out for repairs, and so I got to know the old Pfaff again. That thing may be old, but it's still a rock star in my book!
|The photograph printed onto cotton at the bottom of the quilt is of the frozen surface of the Harlem Meer in Central Park. I used hand-quilting to accentuate the bubbles captured in the ice.|
One question about this quilt that will just have to be answered by time is whether oil paint stick pigment will remain on fabric without being heat-set. This was the project for which I decided to try out Poly-Fil Hi-Loft batting, which it turns out gets all compressed and useless when you expose it to heat, so I just have to hope all the gold will stay on there. Maybe I'll post a follow-up in ten years!