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I’ve called this art quilt ‘The elements’ as there are panels incorporating air, fire, earth, and water.

The original Gloria Loughman pattern is called ‘Coastal Strata’, but I wanted the name of this art quilt to reflect the burnt trees and the orange sky after an Australian bushfire, as well as the layers of earth and rocks, the water surface and under the water. So ‘The elements’ it is!

I used a combination of these techniques: free motion stitching, piecing, applique; these fabrics: quilting cottons and batiks; and these threads: cotton, polyester, rayon, and metallic. The main border is an Aboriginal-designed fabric.

It took me more than 15 hours to make this art quilt and there are more than 34,000 free motion stitches in it (I can't count the sewing machine stitches, but there are several thousand more of those too).

Dimensions: 19.5 inches wide x 27 inches high (50 x 69 cm)

This art quilt comes with a hanging sleeve. It was made in a smoke-free, pet-free, and child-free home, from all new fabrics.

You can read more about this quilt on my blog: http://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/the-elements-art-quilt/, as well as the process I used to make it: http://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/how-i-made-the-elements-art-quilt/

And there are photos of my creation process on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157627311782841/

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cottons, batiks, fusible batting
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
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