Thursday, August 5, 2010

Japanese Garden- Finished!

Japanese Garden, 17.5" x 25.5" ,2010

There is nothing like a deadline to encourage me to finish a project!  I finished this piece last night by adding the binding, a hand-dyed fabric by Ricky Tims.

The quilt had languished for awhile as I contemplated adding borders to resemble a Japanese window frame.  Finally, I decided I did not really want to do that.  All I had to do was audition a binding fabric.  The hand-dye had all the teals, purples, and greens of the quilted batik.  This is a whole-cloth quilt that I free-motion quilted, painted with Shiva paint sticks, and beaded.

The gold areas were already part of the batik, but I added more shine with the gold paint, and heavily encrusted with beads.

My favorite part reminded me of a water feature, perhaps a cascade.  I added some sparkly beads and a few little fishies.

The reason for the deadline is that I entered this piece into the Carolina Longarm Association's quilt show in September, and need to turn it in by next Saturday. 

This will probably be the weirdest most unusual wholecloth quilt on exhibit, I'm guessing!


Vicki W said...

That's OK because it's lovely!

Karen S said...

It is beautiful. There is nothing like a deadline, isn't there...

SheilaC said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I love the embellishing! Good luck in the show!