Nellie"s Needles

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Psycho Deco Fleurs

Psycho Deco Fleurs - 32"x41" - 2005

Description: Like humans, there is beauty in all flowers as well as diversity in their settings. This wall quilt is made up with a collection of "flowers in a container" blocks sewn by Thursday Bee members of the Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild. The sashing and border fabrics give an art deco influence to the piece. "Silk" flowers are attached by their embroidered centers, while old buttons from my collection secure the origami folded flowers to the surface. The piece is heavily quilted with designs unique to the pattern of the block and in its surrounding fabric.

Technique: Machine piecing, machine and hand applique, machine quilting, machine couching, hand embroidery, origami

Materials: cotton fabric; cotton and polyester threads, yarn, buttons, "silk" flowers, fabric paint, wool batting

Exhibitions: 2005 Dogwood Arts Quilt Show - Knoxville, Tennessee
Awarded Third Place
2006 Festival of Quilts - Folklife Museum - Farragut, Tennessee

To view detailed shots of each square go to Psycho Deco Fleurs

This is the piece on which I refined my machine quilting skills. The model is a Brother 1500s, a semi-industrial, straight-stitch sewing machine. I learned finer details of operation and settings for this machine from a Yahoo Group. Joining that group eliminated a lot of frustration with stitch tension and thread breakage.


mary m. said...

Gorgeous! This should have been first place. I LOVE the colors and primitive feel. You've been posting some really nice work here...

Tonya R said...

Love the use of the Jane Sassaman fabric to tie it all together. I never would have thought of doing that, but it works marvelously.