Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Art with Fabric Blog Hop

Today I'm joining up with Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting for the Art with Fabric blog hop.
The hop features quilt projects inspired by traditional art forms such as paintings, architecture, and sculpture.
My inspiration came from a photograph of a wall carving I took during a trip to Egypt eight years ago. The artist is unknown, given that the work was created thousands of years ago.
The characteristic Egyptian style of art has always mesmerized me. It's astounding how the arid climate has so well-preserved artifacts from a time long-since passed.
I chose a scrappy palette of red, yellow-orange, yellow, green, and aqua on a low-volume background. To create the stems, I cut strips 1" wide and turned over 1/4" using the Clover Press Perfect Hot Hemmer (affiliate link). My poor sewing gauge isn't getting my love any more.
I marked lines 2" apart and sewed the unturned side to my background using the lines as a guide. I then pressed the stems along the line of stitching so that I would only need to sew one side by hand.
I created templates for the remaining shapes from templar. After applying liquid starch to the seam allowance of each shape, I pressed it around each templar shape. Once the templar was removed, I glue basted the appliqué pieces to the background and hand stitched them down.
This 21" x 40" block will be surrounded by an assortment of other blocks to create a wall hanging. So far, I have added some quarter square triangles. Square in a Square and Four Patch blocks are in the works.

For further inspiration, check out the other stops on the hop:

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Friday, May 13th, 2016

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  1. Very nice inspiration. You're piece does indeed look just like that only a thousand times better. Love it!

  2. Wow!!!! Thousands years old inspiration! I looks very modern now. Love your fabric choice. Beautiful!!!

  3. This is beautiful. Love your work.

  4. AnonymousMay 12, 2016

    Wow! This is positively gorgeous! I can't wait to see where this one is headed!

  5. I'm so glad you chose something sculptural as your inspiration. Beautiful idea, beautifully executed. I love it!

  6. wow how cool! Great job interpreting that neat wall carving!

  7. Wonderful inspiration piece! Really! And your graphic take on it is awesome. I like the row of blocks at the bottom, the very even straight appliques. I enjoy lotus in anything, so that's also terrific. What a start to a larger piece, great job. One of my favorites from the hop!
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    ps have you considered you may have had a previous life in Egypt?

  8. I really love the technique you used for the stems - very wise to only need to top stitch on one side! And what a cool piece of art to recreate. The contrast of seeing it in stone and then re-imagined in fabric is really fun.

  9. I love this! And I didn't even notice the lowest layer of shapes in the stone until you recreated them in fabric. I had to scroll back up to look! Very clever way of applying the straight pieces too.

  10. How clever! Wonderful techniques for completing the piece. Gotta check out that Clover hemmer.

  11. Your interpretation is awesome. Love your color choices! Thanks for sharing the info about the Clover hemmer, I've seen it used several times and it seems amazing.

  12. There's just something about this that keeps me staring at it. Very interesting and inspirational! ;-)

  13. There's just something about this that keeps me staring at it. Very interesting and inspirational! ;-)

  14. I love your piece of art! how wonderful that it came from such an old piece of artwork to be used as inspiration. I love Egyptian art too: so stylized and a bit minimalistic. Your piece looks so happy: I love that you used such clear colors. Hugs, H

  15. You did an amazing job in reinterpreting this very ancient piece of art in a modern and colorful way! I love how you are coupling the block with other elements that make it even more beautiful! I am looking forward to see where the inspiration will take you next! Thanks for joining the hop!!

  16. Hi Afton, what a great way to get inspiration. Your piece looks modern and yet comes from an ancient design. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished quilt. And that Clover Press Perfect Hot Hemmer looks really handy. Thanks for the tip.