The size of the quilt for this year's challenge is quite small - so it will be easy to handle. It is to measure 80cm x 45cm (portrait only). If you are going to make a quilt for the challenge make sure you make your quilt slightly larger to account for a little shrinkage when you quilt. You can then trim the quilt down and be sure you have the exact dimensions.
For the fabric I have decided to explore mono printing a little further. It is such a simple technique but I haven't really done much in the way of experimenting with it. So over the weekend I raided my hand dyed fabric box and chosen some large pieces of blue/grey and yellow and then set to work.
Next I gently laid a piece of blue fabric onto the painted glass, taking care not to press down or put any pressure on any part of the fabric. With a chopstick I then began to 'draw' all over the fabric. As you draw the pressure picks up paint from the glass and transfers it to the fabric. Just take care not to let your hand touch the fabric , otherwise you will end up with more paint on the fabric than you bargained for.
This is such a quick and easy technique - within an hour I had altered all of the fabric I had chosen and had a stack of sketchbook pages ready to use. Here is a sample of the fabrics - they turned out even better than I had hoped and have given me lots of food for thought for the quilt.
Next I need to join some of these fabrics and explore my ideas further. My ideas are currently based on the idea of interpreting the theme from the point of view of the early Alchemists - I will post some of my sketchbook pages over the next few weeks so you can see how my ideas are developing.
Thanks for reading. I hope I may have inspired you to join the fun and make a quilt for the challenge too.
see my quilts in these magazines
Festival Of Quilts
Sew On The Go