Behind the scenes of Cindy Briggs quilted creations.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Water lilies wallhanging done
I just finished this wall hanging. It is a hand painted silk piece that was approximately, 16 X 20" of water lilies. I fused it onto a silk painted scarf that I also had painted that was appr. 30" square. It is china silk. I used wool batting and a hand marbled piece of silk for the backing. This was definitely a learning curve for me since I have not quilted a piece like this before. I tested out fusing some scraps together to see how they would react to the fusible and it worked out great. The purple ribbon border is also china silk. I used some eyelash yarn and couched it down along the cut fused edge of the water lilies panel and then also at the outside edge. I thought that the yarn added a playfulness without being too much. Since this will be a gift for a baby girl it will be something that will be young and playful but as she gets older it will still appeal to her.
It was a lot of fun to work on but as I said it did require learning how the silk would respond to the fusing, quilting and overall handling process. I love running my hand over the piece because it is so soft and luxurious feeling.
I have several other hand painted silk pieces that I have done that I want to do some really awesome quilting on, but that will have to be for another time. I have 6-8 quilts coming in the near future to quilt for others so that will keep me quite busy.