work in progress: direction

July 17, 2014

direction_lyric_kinard6Another late night session… quilting this time. I have gone old-school and used my Bernina 930. I think it’s one of the best machines ever manufactured. There is no computer do be outdated and the parts will last forever. I quilted with simple straight lines and using a walking foot after drafting a mariners compass.



With art quilts, the added element of line and texture through the stitching can be problematic with portraiture. If you try to follow facial contours with quilted lines the face ends up looking wrinkled. The only way I’ve seen it done very successfully is basically thread sketched rather than more open quilting lines. I often choose to quilt lines that are entirely different from the face itself.

direction_lyric_kinard1The compass was painted on after the piece was quilted with ProChem’s ProFab Textile Paint, transparent white. For the chartreuse I mixed in a little green Dye-Na-Flow (by Jacquard) with the white… only because it was the first bottle I touched with the perfect color. This piece is title Direction.

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    July 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

    You are so right about the Bernina 930. I refuse to part with mine and it is sitting in my new space saying, hey there, remember me? I must set it up, clean it and oil it and give it a spin 🙂 Thanks for the reminder! And I love this piece, it has a real sense of fun!

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    July 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Can I tell you how much I have enjoyed you last few posts? It seems like you outdo yourself every day. First the pictures of your family’s trip and now this. Just wonderful – thanks for sharing (I know that sounds lame, but I mean it)! Take care, Pam

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