Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Oceania Collection Blog Hop

Welcome to the Oceania Collection Blog Hop!

SAQA [Studio Art Quilt Associates] has an auction of art quilts every year and this year the Oceania members contributed 32 pieces to the collection. A full list of participating artists is on the main SAQA Oceania Blog.

 A Seasonal Change' is the title of the 12"square quilt I created for the SAQA Auction.
I began with the idea of colouring my white fabric with sun dyes, painting with the lightest colour in the centre. To add more patterning I placed a table runner over the wet fabric and left it outside on a sunny day for the magic to happen.
To use up the remaining dyes I used another cotton piece to mop them up and placed this on the end to dry.
The piece with the table runner had quite a good design when it dried and was ready for further printing.
I experimented with a commercial stencil and the table runner too.
However I found the blue to be too distracting for the leaf printing I wanted to add next and instead used the mop up piece for the quilt as it was just perfect!
Thread selection next, with a rayon multi coloured thread for the free motion quilting around the leaf prints and the Rasant in the bobbin. Quilting around each leaf makes it 'pop out' bringing the quilt to life.
I marked circles with a plate and chalk, quilting with the walking foot.
The quilt was cut to size and a facing, rod pocket and label attached.
'A Seasonal Change' made at the beginning of the Southern Hemisphere's Autumn.

Coming up next are Caroline Sharkey and Lisa Walton


  1. I really enjoyed this post and found it inspiring! Thank you!

  2. Beautiful! I'm so drawn to symmetry.

  3. WoW! So pretty! Thanks for sharing how you made your piece. I've never dyed fabric but would love to give it a try.
    Awesome job!


  4. Thanks Sue, Now I have to look for table runners!

  5. Love your piece. My small art quilt bee are meeting on Saturday to paint fabric, in summer here in Alberta so we can work outside because of the possible mess. I love working with fabric paints and would love to let everyone know that you can make so called sun prints inside, in the dark. I think it is more to do with the water carrying the paint from underneath the object that you are "printing" into the areas of fabric that dry first.

  6. Wow- I love your piece. I do alot of sunprinting, but never sure what to do with them afterwards!
    How did you do the dark leaf prints??

    1. thanks Sue for your reply on my blog about this. The leaves look great. I will try it...