The Aotearoa Quilters colour challenge this year was Yellow. I found the colour harder to work with than other colours have been in the past - and when you look at the yellow pile in my fabric stash, it's obvious that it's not my favourite colour!
I had lots of ideas, but none that really grabbed me until I was hanging out this piece of fabric that my daughter (aged 9) dyed. I saw fire and flames and immediately thought of creating a phoenix.
I drew out a bird, using photographs of falcons as inspiration, and then used freezer paper to cut corresponding pieces of hand dyed silk organza with mistyfuse on the back.
It's easy to see my pattern under white fabric and the white as a base made the colours of the phoenix really glow. Once all the pieces were in place I could iron them to hold them there before cutting very carefully around the edge. You can see where I had a little more to cut in the photo below.
I use a brown paper frame to crop my design. It's brown because that's the colour of the large roll of paper I have - white might be better, but you work with what you have, right?!
I added legs with solid cotton fabric, stitched the phoenix in place onto the background, then layered it and quilted it. The binding was a bit of an experiment. One layer of fabric, raw edge and two stitching lines, one of them using a heavy, hand dyed thread in the bobbin. I think I like it.
|'Pray' 12" x 12" by Charlotte Scott|
I called my quilt Pray because of the references to resurrection that a phoenix has, and I liked the connotations of being prey of that fierce looking bird.
The closing date for entries is tomorrow. I got mine sent off at the beginning of the week so it should get there in time. The quilts will be initially exhibited at the Orchid Show in Auckland in September and then will be a travelling exhibition after that. All quilts are for sale at $125NZD.