Wednesday, November 7, 2018

natures shades of gray

sorry about the strange format here but for some
reason the right side and top of what I write 
is not showing up so I have to get it all on one side
and lower. 
(If anyone knows how to fix this issue -
 please let me know) this just started .
I am using blogge- anyway, on to 

Natures Shades of Gray

 Welcome to the art to fabric blog hop where we pick an artist
 and use them as inspiration for a quilt.
This time the theme is my favorite color which
 at the moment is grey. 

The artist I chose is one of my all time favorites -
 Andy Goldsworthy. He goes out in nature and makes art from it.
 He uses stones, sticks. leaves among other things and does
 truly incredible art with them.
check out some of his work here - you will be amazed.
 This is one of his pieces 
- he built a slate "canvas" and inserted rocks in a cairns formation 
(which if you know me at all you know I have a thing for them)

this is my fabric art version
and this is how I made it

after sketching out the plan

 the rocks were drawn in with pencil on white fabric

 then with black thread, I quilted
 and quilted
 and quilted some more. -

 it took a long time but micro quilting the background 
slate really made the rocks pop out. Worth the effort for sure.
Everything was shaded with ink-tense watercolor pencils
 and then trimmed and the edges were done with a facing.
 hand couching in some "moss"
 a pop of yellow (a bee button)

Last but not least, a background with some grey tones chosen 
and cut to the size of a blank art canvas. Then the wall is stitched
 by hand to the background and then that is stapled to the canvas.

I really love how this came out and want to thank Aida
for creating this challenge and blog hop and you for visiting. 
Check out the other quilt artists that are posting today and all week.


  1. This is just fantastic! Love the little handsewn details.

    1. Thank you Wendy! It was really fun to make

    2. ooooo your sketching is coming into play here... all the things you've learned sketching ovals. I love it and that you work strongly in series.

  2. Thanks for introducing a very cool artist. Your art quilt is lovely.

  3. I've never heard of that artist. Thanks for giving me something to learn about today. Nicely done piece!

  4. Your stitching is amazing! I had not seen this art before, but you really captured the essence of it. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing! MelvaLovesScraps at nolanqualitycustoms dot com

  6. Hi Carol, that is a really great piece. Congrats!

  7. Wow, the texture of that piece is so amazing! You did a fantastic job interpreting the piece in fabric. And the extra embelishments are giving it so much personality. Thank you so much for participating in the blog hop!!