Feathers & Stars...

26 Jun 2010
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     "Feathers and Stars, Stars and Feathers" - 22.75”W x 29.5”T x 1”D

      Many times, the ideas for my quilts come from compiling a number of similar motifs and materials over time. I had had the black and gold iron-on feather appliqués for awhile, and then found the lacy, gold feather pin in a thrift store. Then I found the quail and pheasant feather motifs in a store in NC. I have always been fascinated with stars and will buy up metal star buttons when there’s a sale on them. Hence, this piece came about because the materials wanted to be used together in a piece.

     By 2006, I was heavily into covering the fabric surfaces with beading. The colors and designs in the fabric serve as an image on which to couch the beads. I could just draw the shapes and colors onto a plain piece of fabric, but I like working directly with the printed designs. Besides, not every square inch of fabric is covered with beads and some of the original textile choices do show through.

      You can see more of my art quilts at my web site at www.fiberfantasies.com

 


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ElenaRadock wrote
on 26 Jun 2010 7:48 AM

Really beautiful work.  I am looking forward to seeing your site!

TEMA61 wrote
on 13 Jul 2010 6:32 PM

Wow!  Thanks for the information at the end that gives a little bit of insight into the makings of your pieces.  I have seen your site... an amazing place where one can get really lost, time-wise... :)

I love it that you work intuitively most of the time... I have a question... how does the fabric you put all this stuff on hold up to it?

Thanks...

TEMA

on 29 Jul 2010 12:21 PM

Dear TEMA, soory to take so ong to get back to you, but I've been on vacation. The main fabric for the tops and the backing fabric are all cotton and/or coton blend fabrics with a polyester batting. I've been doing art quilts professionally since 1981 and I think that the tight, close stitching does wonders to hold the works together. This piece, however, has feathers in it, which I probably won't use again, as they don't seem to be holding up well. If I were to use feathers again, I would cast them in resin, or sue some kind fo coating to stabilize them so they don't slowly fall apart.