Monoprinted fabrics, vintage fabrics, commercial decorator fabrics, lace, fabric transfer printing and embroquilting
While participating in this challenge, I had the freedom to explore some techniques I had wanted to try with the embroidery machine. The monthly deadlines forced me to stop my normal studiowork and play a little with some ideas. I think it is valuable to have some experimental time and I'll miss this opportunity. I plan to continue on my own.
During the course of the challenge, I wanted to see how abstractly I could make the embroidery machine work. By it's nature, it's a very structured machine using preformatted designs. Learning how to take those designs apart and apply them to these pieces has been valuable for me to learn. One of the concepts I worked with was "embroquilting", a term coined by Rian to describe using the embroidery machine to quilt through 3 layers like a quilting machine would do. This piece has very successful embroquilting that helps reinforce the piece's spring theme--water droplets or puddles.
My other design idea for these pieces was to maintain a connection to my traditional quilting values but see how I could abstract it to some degree. Again, this piece worked well for me. I had the traditional grid of a quilt but was able to embellish it with the liveliness of scraps that spelled spring. It shows an abandon I don't normally allow in my more controlled pieces (and that on a good day I wish I would explore more). I remember feeling quite a rush when this piece was done; thinking of the "new direction" I could go with my quiltwork.
Overall, I enjoyed the challenge very much. It had its moments of frustration and confusion, its challenges with pictures and with people but it was a year of self-discovery that I am happy I took. Thanks for making and continuing the commitment with me. Best wishes for more discoveries along the quilting pathway.