Blogger’s Quilt Festival

It’s that time again!. Amy’s Creative Side Blogger’s Quilt Festival is on in all it’s glory!. If you haven’t visited before, it is well worth a look, the categories are crammed full of gorgeous quilts of all descriptions. I have decided to enter “The Entry” into the Art Quilt category.

Unique stitched fabric art "The Entry", Australian Art

This sea is just so inviting, don’t you just want to dive on in? This scene captures a typical summer’s day in sunny Queensland, Australia. This piece creates dreams and memories of beach holidays passed. Remember playing in the sea and sand for hours as a child?, this is that beach. This is quite an iconic image from Australian beaches I think, the stairs that have been eaten by the sand so that they no longer exist. Until the next storm, when all the stairs will be exposed and there will probably be a large leap from the bottom step to reach the new sand level. Then, over time the stairs will gradually get eaten again.

The people are so small against the sea and glare of the sun that they are mere shadows and shapes. They have no form but have become part of the landscape they inhabit.
This piece is made from multiple scraps of various fabrics layered onto a base of calico and free motion quilted onto cotton batting. The fabrics vary in type and texture, adding to the texture of the piece. It contains new and upcycled fabrics including  tulle, canvas, quilters cotton, upholstery fabrics and many more.
It measures 40 x 40 cm (15.5 x 15.5 in).

Unique stitched fabric art "The Entry", Australian Art

Thanks for looking, and enjoy the festival!

The progress of an Art Quilt : “Dusk”

I finished another Art Quilt today, this one is called “dusk” and is 40 x 40 cm. It hasn’t come out quite as i wanted it to but sometimes that’s still OK. It started out as normal, a few layers of colour roughly blocking out the design. This picture also shows the photograph it is based on. I thought I’d show the progress of an art quilt based on this one.

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" prep

I then added some of the more obvious details

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" prep

Now some basic stitching to hold it all together so that I can remove the pins. I’m liking where it is going at this stage.

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" prep

The first ugly stage!. I find that any artwork regardless of the medium goes through at least three “Ugly” stages.. you just have to work through it and not give up.. any piece can be salvaged from an ugly phase!

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" prep

A load more stitching, and then some more stitching and we get to here. I have finished. I am still not entirely happy with the clouds on this one but sometimes you have to stop and call it finished. I have bound it is a lovely soft slightly mottled cotton that picks up the blue in the waves. I used over 20 colours of thread in this quilt.

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" details

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" details

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk"

 

 

Stitched Postcard Swap 2014 Create a Better world

I decided a month or so ago to join in the Great Big Postcard Swap . It is kind of what has got me started into making all these cards!. I made three postcards and have just decided which one to send to my stitched postcard swap partner in the US.

It is made from a piece of cotton that I printed in a spiral design on my home made Gelli plate. I then free motion stitched parts with a gorgeous metallic bronze thread to highlight the spirals even more. I added the red upholstery fabric strips as an afterthought to brighten it a little. These are just zig zagged over the top of the background. I stitched a lovely quote from the Dalai lama around one of the spirals. It is a quote I have always loved but sometimes find hard to practice!. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”.

I believe this is how we can Create a better world, from us as individuals right up to the top Governments. Show a bit of kindness.

The back is a piece of white card with hand stamped writing with the words “Live Laugh Create”, drawn lines and a piece of hand printed tape down the centre for a bit of colour. I glued the fabric part to the card then stitched around the edges to hold it all together.

This was loads of fun to make so I think postcards are going to be a big part of my future!

 

 

 

 

Textile stitched postcards and cards, mixed media, fabric and card

I made some stitched postcards and cards today. I have been playing a lot with Gelli printing on paper lately so I decided to do some on fabric and see how they stitched. Very easily as it turns out!. I think I’ll be making more stitched textile postcards.

Textile Art stitched postcards by Rebekah Dundon

 Textile Art stitched postcard by Rebekah Dundon back

  Textile Art stitched postcards by Rebekah Dundon

Textile Art stitched postcard by Rebekah Dundon back

  Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 

Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 

 

Sunflower Textile journal

I made a slightly different journal this week. A bit more fun and a bit more bright!. I added a free motion sunflower that I made a year or so ago .. once I made it I didn’t know what to do with it so it has just sat there shining at me …..I also did some hand stitching and added some buttons to the journal to spark it up even more.

I left a few of raw edges on this one so that the gentle fraying becomes part of the design.

Sunflower textile art journal

 

Sunflower textile art journal

Front

 

 

 

Sunflower textile art journal

Back

Sunflower textile art journal

 

Sunflower made by free motion stitching onto water solvable fabric. Once the stitching is complete, simply soak in water and the base fabric magically disappears leaving a lace like flower. I used three different yellows and orange to make up the flower.. and LOTS of stitching.

Sunflower textile art journal

This journal also has a ribbon bookmark with a fabric tassel.

It is available for sale here as a kit if you are interested. My Art Journal Kits include the journal and a packet of coordinating fabric scraps, ribbon and papers, to start you on your journaling journey.

Stitching random bits of fabric

One thing I really enjoy is stitching together random bits of fabric. I have some gorgeous fabrics at the moment so have been doing a bit of random stitching this week, making some bags. I was trying out some new techniques in this one. I also appliqued some shiny lime green cord down the edges of a couple of stripes to add a hit of colour. It is quilted onto cotton batting.

I love these colours!. This one has a gorgeous lime green lining and is available here.

modern patchwork bag

modern patchwork tote bag

More lovely colours, this one has a soft grey lining. and is available here.

Secret art quilts

I have recently finished my largest thread painted art quilt!.. very exciting for me but kind of frustrating as I’m not allowed to show anyone yet!. It is for entry into a specific event and part of the deal is that no one is allowed to see it before the event. So, until I know whether I am accepted or not I will have to leave it at a little sneak peek shot.

Textile art quilt

I have also been busy making more journals.. I really do have a journal obsession now!

tArt journal, quilted textile A5

Love this fabric! I actually made this from leftovers from a queen bed quilt I am making for myself.. it may be finished in around 10 years or so!.

tArt  journal, quilted textile A5

Blue and green should never be seen?

Shows and Quilts

It has been decidedly quiet on the blog front lately, but I have been very busy in the background.

One of the first things that happens when your school finds out that you have a sewing machine is that you get organised into sewing for school!.. In my case, coordinating the costumes for the School musical for 200 odd kids!. Our school musical has every child in the school participating!. That has pretty much been the story of my life for the last month.

I did manage to enter a few competitions while all that was going on and was lucky enough to win First and second at the Noosa Show for “Noosa River Gazing” and “spotty Gum Leaf”

noosa-show awards

I also managed to achieve third in the Berry Patchwork show “The power of Red” for my Red sunset.

the power of red

Included in the general busyness were a few quilt orders.. I have now officially finished my largest quilt to date, a King Single with a British theme for a customer. I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to go any bigger on my little Janome!. I know it can be done, maybe .. one day…

british quilt

british quilt

British themed quilt

Art Quilt: Sun and Sky Series 2 “Endings”

Here is the second piece in my Sun and Sky Series. It is named “Endings” as it is the sky at sunset, the sun is actually on the other side, behind the viewer, this is the light in the sky created.

Layering the fabric

Preparation for "Endings"

Starting to stitch

 

 

 

Preparation for "Endings"

 

Textile Art Quilt "Endings"

“Endings” Textile Art quilt, thread Painted 24.5 x 32.5 cm (9.75 x 12.75 in)

Framed it will be cropped to this

Textile Art Quilt "Endings"Textile Art Quilt "Endings"