My First Art Quilt

Hi there!

I can’t believe we are in February already. Christmas feels like it was six months ago and already my New Year’s resolutions are starting to slip. The fact that this year’s resolutions have dissolved into thin air got me thinking about resolutions that I had actually accomplished over the past few years. A couple of years ago I made a resolution to make a mini art quilt. I had wanted to make one for ages but was just too afraid in case I got it wrong or it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. These feelings were stopping me from getting started. I’m sure there are many of us that procrastinate and concoct unreasonable assertions about our creative ability, but this particular year, I wasn’t going to let self-doubt stop me from making my very first art quilt. I wanted to do a portrait of my late horse Monty so I found a photograph that liked and started from there.

I have used a variety of techniques in this mini quilt:

  • Applique- To highlight areas of contrast
  • Painting- Fabric paints are great for adding detail
  • Thread Painting – This was the most fun part as he really started to come alive before my eyes.
  • free-motion quilting- This was when I was quite new to free-motion quilting and I found working on small piece a lot easier and great practice for any further free-motion projects

I was so glad I made that leap into the unknown because he really is one of my most favourite makes to date. I also learned a lot about the process and what I would do differently next time.

Do you have something that you really want to try but are afraid of getting it wrong? Maybe it’s time you make yourself a February resolution to have some fun and you never know, you may be amazed by what you can do!



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