Sunday, 1 August 2010

Elements of St. Ives - Art Quilt

















We are very lucky with the light in this beautiful part of the West Country and the golden sunrises and purple sunsets can be absolutely stunning










I love moody, stormy skies too. Skies heavy with dark greys and plummy mauves. The light in the bay of St. Ives is truly amazing and I really wanted to feature this element in my art quilt for Festival of Quilts
















A few of you have asked to see my quilt so I thought I would share a few photos of how I made it and a little about what inspired it

















I started by thinking about the elements of St. Ives I wanted to incorporate and the colours I wanted to work with. I spent some time gathering together inspiring fabrics, threads, beads, shells and images of cottages that I collect














St. Ives cottage inchies





















I decided to work in layers of colour and the fabric I used is dupioni silk which I dyed myself. I made some colour samples first before selecting the colours I wanted to use to dye the pieces
















The back





















This is the front panel. The four pieces were dyed separately then stitched together. There is also a border around the back and front panels in variegated dyed silk

I washed the panels on the front so they are lighter than on the back






















I appliqued a row of Cornish cottages as though on a brow of a hill, using many different fabrics such as silk, cotton, painted and monoprinted calico, crocheted lace, scrunched tea dyed cotton and painted bondaweb

The roofs were made from textured fabrics such as linen, hessian, three types of scrim, furniture fabrics and salt dyed cottons which I distressed with mustard gold ink for the look of lichen, which is very distinctive on the roofs of St. Ives cottages

The clouds were made from wadding bondawebbed to the silk and later quilted with pearl seed beads. I added a snippet of text to one of the clouds "from a pale grey sky"

















Next I prepared a backing layer for the cobbles. I used a natural backing fabric and snippets of many different fabrics which I bonded together with bondaweb

Snippets















The photo above shows the backing fabric, a layer of bondaweb and the snippets of fabric. I used hessian, polyesters, cottons, silk, metallic threads, metallic fabrics and cellophane sweet wrappers. I covered this with a sheet of baking paper and ironed the layers to fuse the snippets to the backing fabric














This is what it looked like after peeling the baking paper off

















The cobble panel was tacked behind the front panel below the cottages and then I free motion stitched "cobble" shapes through all the layers and quilted the cottages

















I don't have any more pictures to show of the next stages as I started to run out of time and needed to spend every spare moment stitching

I quilted ripple patterns on the layer of sand and hand stitched heat distressed chiffons decorated with real limpet shells, mussel shells and beads






The seaweed layer was lightly quilted and the bottom of the quilt was embellished with seaweed shapes which I made from heat distressed chiffons and ribbons and also melted plastic carrier bags. I added lots of beads, shells and eyelash yarns for coral










Finally, I cut through areas of the cobbles (reverse applique) to reveal the fabrics behind the front panel, added a binding in salt dyed cotton, water drop crystals for rain drops and window details to the cottages










So, that's it! I ran out of time in the end! It had to go in the post on Thursday to arrive Friday 30th (the Festival's deadline day!). I only just made it! I was still stitching it at 4.30 and really could have done with another hour, but in the end I just had to call it a day and managed to get it in the post at 4.45 (Next Day Delivery). Phew!

Elements of St. Ives





















If you are visiting Festival of Quilts at Birmingham in August I do hope you enjoy seeing all of the quilts. If you look at mine, please be gentle with me and bear in mind that it's far from perfect, that I only started stitching it on 14th July and that in my own mind it needs "titivating" when I get it back! I thoroughly enjoyed stitching it, I just wish I'd started much earlier!






















August rushes in ... and it's going to be a busy month but I'm hoping it will feel more relaxed than July did while I catch up with my other projects and blog buddies

Hope your week ahead is a happy one
Carolyn ♥

88 comments:

Fabric Art said...

Carolyn you quilt is gorgeous, wonderful images that have been your inspiration, and your colors are great, love your quilt. Have a nice week.
Hugs Anni

ju-north said...

Love to see how you have made your quilt - it's beautiful!

Ruth said...

Your quilt turned out great. Just wish I could see it in person.

Jill said...

Carolyn that is stunning - thank you so much for sharing your work in progress. I can hardly believe you managed to stitch it in a couple of weeks. I am knocked out!

Are you curious about me? said...

Congratulations, what a wonderful quilt and a wonderful quilting diary.

knittergirl said...

I so look forward to your blog postings and this one is fabulous. The quilt is stunning as is the back story. Thank you so much for sharing as you provide me with so much inspiration.

Pom Pom said...

Oh, I love it so much! The cottages speak!

Diane Kelsey said...

What a wonderful quilt, I will make sure I see it at the show.

Carole said...

beautiful work, St Ives is my most favourite part of the world its so beautiful there, must be sooo lucky to live there !!!

Twiglet said...

A beautiful quilt - thanks for sharing the process.

sandra wyman said...

The more I see it the more I like it: and thank you for sharing the process of making it. Look forward to seeing it in the flesh!

Connie said...

I knew it would be delightful .... it is!
I love it - I was looking at an advert for the NEC festival yesterday, it is so near to us but I couldn't walk round and it is not practical to use a wheelchair - now I'm even more sorry that I won't be going! Connie, XX

Bunty said...

It's really beautiful Carolyn - you must be very proud. I love the detailed way you have put it all together and love the different textures and stitching. I hope you do very well with it. Good luck!

Barbara

Chris Gray said...

GORGEOUS.....SIMPLY GORGEOUS!!!!!

Well done you. I absolutely love it.

If I manage to get to the NEC I'll make sure I have a good look ;-)

I'll mail soon with other updates....

x Chris

Doreen G said...

Absolutely stunning Carolyn-your attention to detail is wonderful and don't worry about the perfect side remember only God makes perfect things.

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Oh my, this is beautiful - I love the colours and the cobbling!

Jasmine said...

Beautiful work Caloyn. You have given me some good ideas for some of my own work. Good luck with the festival. I moved away from Birmingham last month but would have loved to pop in. Mrs Moen has a piece in the exhibition too.

Julie said...

How lovely to see your process Carolyn and I can't wait to see your gorgeous quilt irl when I get to Birmingham. It is wonderful to be able to see close-up images.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

It is Cornwall to a tee, lovely. Thank you for showing us how you created your quilt. I shall look for your quilt when I go to the NEC.

Libertybelle said...

Thank you for sharing the making of your wonderful quilt. You have really captured the feeling of St Ives. I can't wait to see it in Birmingham!

missy k said...

Carolyn

Truly gorgeous.... amazing and wonderful!

So many different elements and techniques - so much detail. The cobbles are my favourite and I adore the cottages and the colours.

Well done for getting it there on time!

Lots of love Karenx

Lyn said...

GORGEOUS!
Love
Lyn
xxx

vintagerockchick said...

It's fab Carolyn - and I'm so pleased you showed it cos I'm not going to the Festival of Quilts this year. Well done!

Menopausal musing said...

Oh my, but that quilt is BREATHTAKING! Well done for getting it done in time.

Roseanna said...

Carolyn, as always, amazing work...I just love it! You should be so proud of this quilt!

Cathie said...

Every little stitch, every little detail, every little shell - so wonderfully and thoughtfully pondered and placed. It is a very, very sweet depiction of place that you so dearly love. Wow!
XO

Elizabethanne said...

Dear Carolyn, I just love your St Ives quilt. It is amazing & so beautifully done. How lucky you are to live in such a lovely & inspirational place. St Ives is on my list of must places to visit.

I too like moody stormy skies :-) the colours & textures, amazing.
Your Friend
Elizabeth xx

Fenland Textile Studio said...

Carolyn, your quilt is wonderful, you have really captured the essence of St Ives, Thanks you for sharing how you made it. My son was also sewing right up to the last minute with his Cityscapre quilt. Will look forwards to seeing your quilt at the NEC, Off to Devon tomorrow. Hugs Angela

Tracy said...

An absolutely stunning quilt Carolyn, thanks so much for sharing your creative process with us. Hope it does well at the show.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thank you so much for showing the steps you took to make your quilt! I love the sense of depth it has and am totally intrigued with how you made the cobbles.

Lynn said...

Absolutely mindboggling beautiful. What more could be done to it for improvement is beyond me. So many steps and stages, layers, techniques, I am bowled over with wow feelings. Thanks for sharing. I hope it wins a huge prize in the festival! You deserve it.

Lynette (NZ) said...

Fabulous to see your process. Thanks for sharing in such detail :-)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh Carolyn

This takes my breath away.

You have really captured the moody skies and also the sunsets.
The Cornish houses are delightful!

Oh if only I wasn't so far away I would love to see it in person and admire your stitching.
But New Zealand is a long way from St Ives.

My husbands family originally came from Cornwall, Pollard is our surname!

Thank you for sharing.

Caroline said...

This is stunning, Carolyn! I've really enjoyed seeing your working process, from the inspiration through to the final piece. Love the colours, cobbles and shell details and would love to see it in real life. Are you going to the Festival too?

Cathy Cullis said...

Truly a masterwork, Carolyn! I think the perspective and the way you have given so much dynamic to the cobbles really makes this special and distinctive. As always, so interesting to see your process and the beautiful colour work that you create. I am sure it will be enjoyed for a long time to come.

Gina said...

Loved seeing the process of making your quilt and can't wait to see it for real at FOQ

Barb Cady said...

It's beautiful! So inspiring, thank you for sharing your creative process. I hope I can get to see it in person!

Itch2stitch.com said...

I loved seeing how you made such a beautiful and original quilt. You are soooo clever and talented! Magnificent! Susie xxx

Jackie said...

It so lovely to see the progression. I'm stuck in a rut of little one offs.I need to think hard about a piece or two..after the Christmas makes are done!
You said it about August rushing in. The whole year has zoomed by till now. We haven't had a holiday so we are just looking at Cornwall! I immediately thought of you. We may be lucky with a cottage near Cadgewith.Just waiting for a phone call.

deemallon said...

how gorgeous! thanks for the in-progress narrative. it really shows how much goes into a piece like this. I particularly love how you created your shoreline's rocks.

Mary said...

it's beautiful!

Sherry said...

Your quilt IS perfect!!! It's a beautiful, stunning piece of art and I love seeing the various stages and processes. Thanks for sharing.

mano said...

your quilt is incredibly beautiful!! to read about your creative process and to see the wonderful pictures is so interesting - I love this post very much!

Linda said...

Thanks for posting the process images, I loved the St. Ives cottage inchies particularly. St. Ives is a special place and it's great to see how it has inspired you.

VINTAGE HEART said...

HI, your quilt is`so stunning and you have so cleverly captured the coulours and spirit and special light of the magical St Ives, a place I adore, i have just bloged about St Ives! you are so lucky to live there and its a place to inspire art work, I allways feel motivated to paint and draw after a visit, having seen all the products of talent in the galleris and shops it spurs me on. love your blog and work, best wishes,Linda.

Monica@The White Bench said...

OMG, it is quite amazing, Carolyn! It's so interesting seeing how you made it... I want to try to make something similar one of these days.., just on a much smaller scale!!
Hugs, I remember I due you an email! I'm taking my time ;)) xx
Monicaxo

Deborah said...

Gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing your process!

bad penny said...

I was at the V & A quilt exhibition recently... yours would have pride of place. It is stunnning ! Well done xx

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Carolyn
What a lovely and unusual quilt - you must be very pleased. Also love the atmospheric photos of St Ives, especially the beautiful pink sky in the first. Lesley x

fibrefrolics said...

Absolutely stunning quilt Carolyn! I enjoyed reading about your preparation work and what inspired you. The colours you chose are so soft and lovely.Gorgeous textures too. I have never done any quilting, but you have inspired me to try a little sample. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful project.
Penny

hensteeth said...

Caroyln....you are one talented lady...I can't wait to see it in the flesh...willl you be going to the FoQ?

Jensters said...

Caroyln your posts give me so much inspiration and i just cant wait to view this at the festival it will be my first time going and im really getting excited now....the photo of st ives is wonderful and im yet to see a sunset like this when im there x

Catharina Maria said...

OHHHHH , Carolyn , this is BEAUTIFUL .
I have seen st Ives in real and its good to see st Yves back in your work !
Love ♥RINI♥

Gwen Buchanan said...

My oh My... you have created a Masterpiece!!
... and seeing your process is just as wonderful as the finished piece.. I love it...

...and to top it off, your photographs of the town, water and landscape are stunning!!!!

Fiona Whitehead said...

Stunning quilt Carolyn - the colours are gorgeous - do you sell any of your art? Hope you are feeling better and glad you got my card.

Heloise said...

Stunning! Such a beautiful piece of work. I am amazed that you created your quilt of so many layers and textures in such a short space of time. It was lovely to see the processes that you used.

Kay said...

This absoluely stunning work...I can't imagine how much of a thought process it took to bring all the different elements together..truly beautiful. Kay

Kayla coo said...

I will look out for it Carolyn,I'm going to go on the Thursday.
Your quilt it wonderful, love the pebbles.xx

silverpebble said...

This is stunning work, Carolyn - I'm itching to see it in real life!

jackie said...

I am sure your quilt will look great. Amazing that you managed to complete it in such a short time, it would have taken me a year to plan!

Jacky said...

Carolyn this is wonderful...you must be so proud! I just wish I could come over and get to the festival and see it in real life.
I love how you have dyed the fabrics, your colour swatches and all the ideas you shared with us.
I cant believe you were able to get it done in that time frame. You must be very disciplined.

Have a great week.

Jacky xox

gilly said...

Carolyn - this quilt is exquisite! You are such a talented 'maker' <3

Debrina said...

OMG Carolyn - you are sooo inspiring (I think I always say that!). But it's true! I just love this quilt. As Gilly above me just sai - it is exquisite. Well done - I love it; I want it!!

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dosfishes said...

Truly gorgeous. The cobbles make the piece pop and those charming houses. One of my most favorite old episodes of Ground Force was in St. Ives. Would love to see it in person.

Mermaid's Purse said...

Absolutely wonderful ......... I love it!!! Although we didn't get to St Ives, we had a week in Cornwall earlier this summer and have loads of pics of cottages etc. which I hope to get going with some time!

Dot said...

Have been having trouble leaving comments and have wanted to :). Such a beautiful, beautiful post. You have done a wonderful job on your quilt. The colors are stunning and the details are incredible. Your art makes my heart sing!
Dot xx

Cathy said...

So enjoyed reading about your exquisite quilt Carolyn. So much work is involved but it has been hugely worth it. I love those cobbles.

jenny mccabe said...

wow wow the quilt is wonderful, I am visiting the festival with my mum on the Saturday so I shall look out for your beautiful creation xxxxx

kiwicarole said...

Just have to join everyone else in saying your quilt is just lovely! Wish I could see it in person!
Carolex

Lynda Howells said...

I love your wok..just found your blogxxxx my husband and l were trying and sort of still are...looking to live in St.Ives but couldn't find what we won't and then couldn't sell our flat in London..husband has heart attack and so the saga goes on but..still LOVE Cornwall and ST.Ives.xxxam following you and have subscribed..amazing work womanx lynda
http://tryingtocreatearteveryday.blogspot.com
and http://chocolateandjazz.blogspot.com is my daily image diary.xenjoy

MargaretR said...

That quilt is quite wonderful Carolyn and I shall look for it at the FoQ. I'm sorry you have had surgery but I hope you feel better for it?

layers said...

this is such a fascinating look at your process and how and why you came up with the colors and textures for your beautiful quilt.

Emma said...

Your quilt is just lovely. It always amazes me how you go into each subject with such depth - you are very generous with your process & thoughts. please allow some time for yourself this month!

Clare Wassermann said...

Oh my god what a post!!! I shall look forward to visiting your quilt on Saturday! Hoooray there's just ONE advantage to living in the Midlands then!!

Diane said...

Just in the nick of time!!!! And its so beautiful!!!! I knew it would be. Lovely as always Carolyn. xxx

libbyquilter said...

what an absolutely sensational piece and i loved being able to see your process~!!!~
you are one amazingly talented fabric artist Carolyn~!

:-)
libbyQ

Heavenly Anarchist said...

How gorgeous - such detail and colour

A bird in the hand said...

Absolutely fabulous. It's very, very beautiful and I love the cobblestones.

Very well done!

xxoo

Joei Rhode Island said...

This has to be a record for me #80!! WOW!
Well, it is simply fabulous!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I admit to feeling a bit "Nervous Nerys" about it being in the show now, hope you enjoy seeing it anyway x

Gumbo Lily said...

Oh my! You are an artist among artists. Lovely, lovely quilt.

Jody

Elizabeth said...

Carolyn!! This is spectacular!! It takes my breath away. How incredibly generous fo you to share the process!!! St Ives does appear to ahve magic about it!! Your photos are amazing and the colors so lucious!!! You should be very proud that it is hanging amoung the other quilts at the show! Would so love to be there in person!!!! Bravo!!

Diane Kelsey said...

I looked for your quilt, but unfortunately I wasn't able to find it. A great disappointment as I think it is wonderful and would have loved to have seen it in the flesh. Hope you won something.

ArtPropelled said...

Stunning quilt! You have captured the essence of St. Ives.

jenny mccabe said...

Ive been to the Festival of Quilts! all the work was amazing, your beautiful piece looked fantastic amongst them all!! I got very excited trying to find it! well done you, very inspiring xxxxx

Sehlaba-Thebe (Johannesburg South Africa) said...

You really are gifted . . . your work is amazing. I am looking forward to learning from all of you.

Thanks a lot

jocelyn said...

Thank you for sharing the stages of your 'creating'. It was fascinating and I was riveted by the photo progression. I learned so many things in just one section! Amazing! Truly an inspiration.