Girls are you ready? Perk up and look lively!!
Here we go! If we are meeting for the first time I'd like to say welcome and I'm so glad you've come! So are the girls!!
Katie and Sammy are two high energy, quilt loving, golden retrievers. Katie is on the left, she's a little over 5 years old. And Sammy is just a pup coming in at a little over 1 year old. They are posing for you today on my most recent finish, the Rainbow quilt, which I admit is getting a ton of use even in the summer.
For the Dog Themed 'Art' Quilt category, I am also debuting my whole cloth painted quilt. I think I am going to call this one "Puppy Dreams," but don't say I didn't warn you that the name might change a million more times.
Yes, you guessed it, that's Sammy in fabric and paint!! I have to say that I am totally in love with this new process and the freedom of multimedia!
It all started with the introduction to painting on fabric through an event that was hosted by my Art Quilt special interest group. It was honestly one of those moments in a lifetime that you feel a spark ignite and all you want to live for is for painting on fabrics.
Ok, so maybe it wasn't that strong, but I did pretty much order my own set of fabric paints within a week and then got to work. I decided to start with a picture I took of Sammy for a challenge called "Darling" issued through the Creative Tuesday Co-op. If you want to be inspired or to feed a need to continuously create, then I highly recommend the group!!
Once I was satisfied with how Sammy looked, I heat set the paint and got to work on adding fur texture through quilting. I admit the quilting was a bit nerve-wrecking, but I am so pleased with the results!
Even with the quilting progressing nicely, I still had to do something with the plain white background. You see Sammy embodies puppy hood... never stopping, runs everywhere, she's loud, she adores toys, and I might even venture to say that hiking and swimming are her favorite things to do. So, I needed a background to match her personality.
Here's a close up of raw edge appliqued green fabric to create a mossy ground. The texture is finished off with more free motion quilting and a few dabs of paint for drama.
I also added bits of raw wool roving in blues and greens to create the effect of the wind swirling around her. The last touch was to cut those flowers out of white lace, tack them on, put a pearl bead in the middle, and then a touch of orange to help them pop.