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*** This art quilt won FIRST PRIZE in the Textiles division of the Boyup Brook Art Awards (Western Australia), 13 Feb 2013 ***

This art quilt was the result of attending a 2-day retreat with internationally renowned art quilter, Gloria Loughman. Plus many more hours in my sewing room -- I estimate that it took 40+ hours to make this art quilt from start to finish. The inspiration for this quilt came from a photo I took of a large eucalypt near the estuary close to where I live in Western Australia.

I painted the background fabric, then appliqued the tree pieces (trunks and main leaf clumps), the bank, the estuary, and the hills behind. Next came the surface stitching (much of the grass and all the 'leaves') and padding some of the main tree trunks to give them a 3D effect.

I then added a small orange framing border and a larger dark border, and sandwiched the quilt with batting and a light tan coloured backing. Many many more stitches later (I estimate there are well over 100,000 stitches in this quilt, in at least 20 different colors), and the quilting was done! If you zoom in on the photos, you can see some of those many free motion quilting stitches. I stitched the borders with a eucalypt leaf motif, and filled the spaces between the leaves with more stitching.

I've added a hanging sleeve to the back of the quilt, ready for you to hang it on your wall. Alternatively, you could frame it to protect it from dust.

For the full history of the making of this art quilt, see my blog posts:
* http://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/gloria-loughman-retreat/ (the original photo and the initial surface stitching)
* http://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/estuarine-eucalypt-art-quilt-finished/ (the completed quilt with photos and a description of the process)

26 in wide (66 cm), 30 in high (76 cm)

Estuarine eucalypt art quilt


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cotton fabrics, batik fabrics, rayon thread, batting
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