Sunday, February 17, 2013

Art Quilts

I have to admit I am not a big fan of art quilts. I appreciate all the time and talent that go into them but I really don't want to make a large quilt to hang on the wall. That's what mini quilts are for. It's fun to try a new technique or use some of our precious stash to make a small quilt to decorate the wall. I like my quilts to be used and abused, loved and snuggled.

This weekend, I took quilting in a different direction. I made art from a photo of a quilt square that I made for a bee. This is the very secret Stitch Tease Bee and this is my last square for round one. It's for my dear friend, Annabella, who wanted curves. I'm not allowed to reveal the real photo so I played with it on my iPhone to disguise the real piece that measures 24.5" square.  I created a piece of art that I love and I just might order a canvas print of it to hang in my sewing studio.

This is what it might look like with a simple black frame. I used an app called Glaze. It has a lot of great features. So I'll be watching for sales on BigCanvas.com or just order it at Costco. Their prices are pretty good for canvas prints and the service is really fast.

So, this is my interpretation of an "art quilt". What is your opinion of art quilts?

This also means I have finished another project on my 2013 Finish-A-Long. Stitch Tease round 1 blocks are finished.



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21 comments:

Svetlana said...

Love your version of an art quilt, it looks fantastic. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of art quilts, either. Just like you, I like my quilts to be used.

Carla said...

Some of them I LOVE,but I don't think of myself as artsy enough to make one. Some improv words are as far as I've gone ; )
That little mini is lovely

suemac said...

I am trying improv curves now for my Madrona Road Challenge quilt. It is harder than it looks.

Samantha said...

I've made a couple of what I would consider art quilts and they were fairly small. I much prefer to make larger things and I KNOW I don't have the talent to make a 'real' art quilt. I love what you did with Glaze! :D I used to take a lot of nature photos then I'd get 8x10 or larger prints and put them on canvas myself then Mod-Podge over them to add texture. I've done this with fabric also, attached it to a canvas in a quilt block shape with mod-podge then mod-podge over it in a few layers to add texture. The best one I made was about 8 years ago. I gifted it to my Gramma. She still has it on her wall. That is about as close as I care to get to an art quilt anymore. :D

Sally said...

Art quilts really aren't my thing. That being said, I did participate in an art challenge with the Chicago Modern Quilt guild. All participants submitted a photo/postcard of "modern" art that inspired them and a fat quarter of fabric that was supposed to represent you/your taste. Then we threw them in a basket and drew another out.

Anyway, some of the quilts were really amazing. And, we ended up putting them on tour with a quilt expo thingy. Plus, they did a little article on the Modern Quilt Guild newsletter and I was delighted that the little quilt I made ended up being the photo that they used :)

I find more therapy in following directions rather than trying to be all artsy.

Cynthia said...

The art looks great but I have a difficult time imagining it in fabric. I have made some applique quilts that I have invested soooo much time in, that they do hang on the wall. All of the rest I like people to use and love :)

Patchwork and Play said...

I'm with you all the way - love to look at them, appreciate the skill involved but no intentions of ever making one! I love your version- very arty!

Patchwork and Play said...

I'm with you all the way - love to look at them, appreciate the skill involved but no intentions of ever making one! I love your version- very arty!

Leanne said...

I never thought I would hang a quilt on my wall but then I entered some swaps and then I tried some things and some challenges and now I have a lot of mini quilts - some that people made for me and some I made for me. I really still don't think of any of them as art quilts, just as fun little quilts. It is surprisingly fun to make something small sometimes. I love how you turned your photo into a picture.

Canadian Abroad said...

I'm with you 100%, but I do live the idea of Annabella's block being on your wall in a different medium.

heart of charnwood said...

I'm with you on Art Quilts not being my thing generally, I like quilts that look like quilts more, and not so much picture quilts. If they're hanging on the wall, then great, as long as I am allowed to stroke them- it's the tactile nature of quilts I love!

Flying Blind... said...

Hmmm I will walk on by past the Art sections, not my thing at all! Love Annabella's block though xxx

Annabella said...

Ooooh I like the look of my block for my not what I really intended by way of neutrals quilt! I am so excited Di! Thank you so much!! No I don't really like art quilts either for the same reasons, but my mum does some great textile art - just need her to be brave enough to show it!

Sarah said...

I think art quilts are "nice" but not my thing, if you know what I mean? I agree with you, a quilt is to be used and loved and snuggled under and played with. I like Hadley, tend to walk past the art quilt section at shows with a quick glance. I much prefer a pieced quilt with patterns evolving from the piecing.

Sarah said...

Oh, I meant to say, I love your artistic creation! Makes you look like a talented oil painter.

Quilter in the Gap said...

Not sure I have an opinion on art quilts but I do love this picture....I see women in there! Look just above your name and slightly to the left, there is a red head. There is another just to the left of her. I see several throughout. Weird! In my head they are all working on "snuggle quilts". Lol

Katy Cameron said...

Fun way to look at it! I have loads of people urging to turn my pixellated images from ST into a quilt, I think I might go there with a mini :o)

Geri said...

I love art quilts! If I ever did make one, it would probably the kind I would make, but I don't think I'll be doing that in this lifetime. ha! Love your version ♥♥

Betty said...

It's because I do better with a pattern that I ventured into art quilts (or mini art statements, if you like). They help me stretch and use techniques I wouldn't try otherwise, make my brain work harder to figure out how to do what my mind sees. Anyway. I'd buy a copy of the piece you've shown - how totally cool!!!

Danielle Hudson said...

when I first saw the picture, I thought you had painted it. It's beautiful! You sould order a print!!

Spontaneous Threads said...

That's a great interpretation and quite lovely. I like quilts in all their "forms" ……..