I’m honored to have two pieces of art – Peacock Quilt and Coiled Fabric Bowl in Turquoise, in the upcoming exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (WMQFA) in Cedarburg. The exhibit, Second Fiber Arts Biennale: Wisconsin State of the Art, runs from July 16 until October 18, 2015.
I have been working on the Peacock Quilt for four years and finished it just in time to enter the quilt for consideration for this exhibit. The peacock quilt began by embroidering a tapestry with a variety of stitches including lazy daisy, feather stitch, French knots, satin stitch, many more and then enhancing the stitching with beads.
After completing the embroidering, I began making dozens (more like a few hundred) of circles from batiks, hand-dyed cottons, and linens that I overlapped to create the look of a peacock’s feathers. These circles were attached with a blanket stitch. After the circles were all sewn, the tapestry was attached in the center.
It's BIG! The quilt is 85” long and 77” wide.
On the back, I continued the circles, but there are just a few and each are a whole circle. You can see I used the turquoise linen fabric for the back and quilted a scalloped pattern that I thought also resembled peacock feathers.
The second piece being exhibited is a rich turquoise and teal batik coiled fabric bowl that was stitched together with variegated embroidery floss. This bowl was finished off by weaving a yarn of blues, greens and turquoise with gold sequins along the top rim. Plus, a piece of metalwork with turquoise glass beads hangs down the front.
WMQFA states the following about the exhibit, “Celebrate fiber arts in Wisconsin as we exhibit over 80 pieces, created by over 50 artists from the four corners of our state. Represented are works including fiber jewelry, clothing, quilts, collage, rugs, beadwork, embroidery, punch needlework, sculptures, as well as items that are knitted, crocheted and felted.
Visitors to the museum will be offered the chance to vote on their favorite piece to be named ‘best of show.’ The winner will be announced at our Fall University Day, October 3.” http://wiquiltmuseum.com/