Thursday, September 17, 2015

Un-named but Finished!

I'm finishing up old pieces - samples I made years ago. This sample was done for a book I wrote on fabric marbling;  I've always liked it but had no use for it as it was, I thought quilting would make it pop and perhaps turn it into a pillow or small wallhanging.
 This is a whole cloth piece. I cut leaf shapes out of contact paper and laid them down on white silk before marbling. Marbling is a quick process so I was able to print it and remove the contact shapes before they loosened and fell off naturally. I then went back with silk paint to fill in the white leaf shape areas. It was a tedious process but I like the results.
 I wanted to make the leaves pop from the background; laying an extra layer of batting underneath the leaf area will do this.
 I also take advantage of being able to use up half filled bobbins in thread colors I can't use. I made sure my bobbin tension was spot on so no weird color thread appeared on the front.

 The quilting was free motion following the lines of the marbled pattern.
 The leaves were outlined with a rayon decorative thread; the veining done with the same color thread.

I used stretcher bars to frame the piece.
And the finished piece still waiting for a name. The leaves look to be floating so I think that might be a possibility.


  1. Oh my gosh...this piece is beautiful! The marbling colors along with the shades of the leaves are just wonderful!!!

  2. This is amazing to say the least. So stunning and I love your quilting.

  3. Wow! This is lovely! The leaves really look like they are floating.

  4. Reminds me the Tate house in Georgia - here is a link to a photo. It's built with link marble
    Maybe floating over Tate house!

    1. I used to live in Georgia and have driven by the Tate house many is a beautiful place

  5. As soon as I opened your blog, I knew that marbled fabric had to be artist made. The combination of painted trapunto leaves on marbled fabric is stunning.

  6. Love the leaves! The quilting is fantastic!

  7. Beautiful piece! Yes, the leaves have an ethereal quality to them.

  8. I really like what you did. It's stunning.

  9. Hello Judy,

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your project is being featured on the linky tonight!

    Love, Muv

  10. Amazing!!!! It is gorgeous. Thanks for telling us in detail how you did it. I must learn to marble fabric! Congrats with this beautiful wall hanging.

  11. This is just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your process.