Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A pink rose for ACS fundraiser



This afternoon, I worked on a project I will be donating to ToteTuesday, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS) spearheaded by Virginia Spiegel. My latest works, a series of orchids for an upcoming exhibition, are wholecloth painted pieces that start out as white fabric (Pimatex PFD by Robert Kaufman). I paint the entire surface with acrylic textile paint, and then quilt them. I decided to execute this small project the same way.

It is based on this photo from my garden, which I took several years ago:

Now that I can see the photo and the painted piece next to each other, I can see some areas that need to be lightened and others darkened. Somehow it helps to reduce the size and stand back; I can see the little details that can make a big difference. I changed a few things – I’m not trying to reproduce the photo exactly – and made the background more dramatic. It is a little piece, about 7-8".

This little art quilt will go in one of my friend Peggy Schroder’s “Have a Heart” totes that will be auctioned off in February, with 100% of the proceeds going to ACS. I’ll let you know the exact date once I know it. You can read more details about the fundraiser at my Jan. 15 post. If you want to contribute to a fabulous cause and get some great loot, please check out these totes and consider bidding!

3 comments:

  1. That is going to make a beautiful tote.
    When you use the acrylic paints, do you wash it before you quilt it, or quilt right onto the painted area. Once it is dry of course.

    Debbie

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  2. Thanks, Debbie! This is a little quilt that is going IN the tote and not ON the tote. There will be lots of goodies besides my piece.

    I don't wash the painted quilts before I quilt them. It is my understanding that ironing heat sets them, or you can just let them air dry for several days, and then they are permanent. I started quilting the rose quilt tonight... after the paint had dried for about an hour.

    The only thing I've painted and then washed was a linen shirt, right before Quilt Market in mid-October 2009 (I posted about it if you want to see). I used Jacquard Textile Color, which is designed for use on fabric. It washed beautifully; I couldn't tell that ANY of the paint washed out, and the hand of the fabric was perfect.

    Susan

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  3. How gorgeous, another sensuous flower. Hope your orchid exhibit went well!

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