Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival

This is my entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival  over at Amy's Creative Side. During last years quilt festival I came across a reference to Zentangle®  and I looked it up and started  playing. I had some ideas about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to use them in a quilt and changed my mind several times along the way. I did a lot of doodling on paper and I made several smaller pieces that were for practice. This was the first one that I decided was going to be the real deal and not for practice.  It is 24 by 24 inches square.
I traced the circles on fabric using a small bowl and some pot lids; the rest of the drawing was done free hand. I used a very smooth tight weave fabric and Pigma pens for most of the drawing and did some filling in of dark areas with Faber-Castell brush tip pens. It is appliqued to a black and white nine patch color wash type of background similar to one I had used before.  
The quilting was done first with just two layers, the top and batting. I quilted with black thread over almost all of the drawn lines that connected. It was slow going as I had to stop and rest my eyes and often I had to determine what I was going to do in some areas. I needed to do a little bit of hand work in areas that were too large to leave unquilted but had no connecting lines to quilt on.
When I finished all of the detail quilting I layered it up with the backing and  quilted around the circles and in the circles on some of the long lines to hold it more securely to the backing. I quilted the background with wavy lines using the seams as my guide.
If you are interested in seeing more of my Zentangle®  inspired pieces you can click  on Zentangle quilts on the sidebar.


22 comments:

grendelskin said...

Wowee! I'd say you have the Zentangles thing DOWN! Your designs are lovely, there's a few patterns there that would make a really fine fabric line on their own!

MC said...

Amazing! I love the elaborate detail you've been able to create.

CitricSugar said...

Oh, wow! This is absolutely beautiful. I love how your crisp black and white turns to subtle greys. Your sketching is pretty impressive, too.

Rachaeldaisy said...

So many amazing stitches have create a stunning quilt. It's mesmerising!

Susan Being Snippy said...

A quilt to keep one's eyes busy studying all the shapes and patterns! If you hung it in an entrance way no one would go past your door because they would be stopped short to study the quilt!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Terrific! You created a beautiful work of art!

straythreads said...

WOW I could at it for hours wish there were some close ups
Ann

http://straythreads-straythreads.blogspot.com

straythreads said...

I'm coming back to read more of your blog
Ann

Nana said...

Beautiful and I love the way you described how you made it. Very inspiring.

Janet said...

Your Zentagles are fantastic! Such a lot of work with all the detail but beautiful. Love the black and white graduated background on your showpiece one.

Marjorie said...

I love you Zentangles and how you put them with traditional piecing. I have 4 that a friend drew for me and I intend to make into a quilt. Thanks for the kick I need to start thinking about that again.

sherry said...

wow

Mary P said...

Stunning!

The Thompsons said...

What a cool quilt! Seriously awesome!

Dee J. said...

Fascinating. I've been wanting to try this, but I'm a bit fearful. I love zentangles though and love what you're done. I browsed through some of your other entries and maybe you've encouraged me to try a little one, not too complicated. Thanks for sharing.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

I am fascinated by your quilt! The zentangleness of it, the colorwash background - I think I must look into this further - it's inspiring! And since I am a doodler myself (longarm quilting = doodling with my giant sewing machine) I think I may have found my next project. Love that you have been entangled in zentangles, how fun!

Eileen said...

fantastically wonderful!! thanks for sharing such a beautiful piece and have a great day

sonia said...

I had never seen anything like this before. It's amazing! Thank you very much for sharing such a piece of art and all the details.

felicity said...

This is absolutely fabulous!

Jay said...

I am hooked on zentangling too!! Love what you have designed!!!

Quilting Babcia said...

Your work is fantastic! I just signed up as a follower so I can get back and read more about your zentangle and other creations. Have only begun learning some zentangle basic designs, captivating for sure!

Heidi Grohs said...

Lovely entry once again!!!!