Wednesday, 1 August 2018

'Spiral'

My quilt for this quarter is about spirals as they appear in the natural world.  You can find them in my quilt in the form of a bindweed climbing a stem, in a furled bud, and in the living snails and extinct ammonite.



The spiral is a symbol representing some of the forces of nature, and so I was also thinking about this theme when I chose Robin Hood's Bay with its dynamic geological history as the location of the scene in this quilt.





The techniques used are applique, watercolour painting, and hand- and free-motion embroidery.  Although the top and sides are squared, the bottom edge is cut in curves.  It is approximately 20 by 14 inches.


You can read more about it here!


14 comments:

  1. Once you start looking for spirals in Nature they are everywhere aren't they Catherine! Love the snails :)

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    1. They are everywhere, yes! This was a great theme to really make you think and look! Thank you - I had a lot of fun doing them, though I had to discard a few duds :-)

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  2. You have managed to make the dreaded bindweed look lovley! We have it front and back in our garden and have tried getting rid of it twice - amazing how it wraps around the roses. Love your stitching and your beautiful little snippet of nature against the cliffs and bay. Makes me want to visit!

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    1. Thank you - like most plants context is important! :-)

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  3. This is a beautiful scene. The balance of the painting, the applique and the stitching creates a very calming effect and the spirals really draw the eye :)

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  4. Very pretty "picture." I enjoy seeing the use of multiple media in your piece.

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    1. Thanks Nancy - I'm trying to be more adventurous.

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  5. We have a wildlife garden and love nature. I really enjoyed seeing your portrayal of this natural scene. So beautiful!
    Barbara x

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    1. Thank you - it was fun to think about!

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  6. A very pretty and calming piece. Would be very lovely framed.

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  7. The scene is lovely and serene. On closer look you so skillfully captured the spirals in nature that most of us would never even notice . I have never thought of a spiral to be a vining weed climbing around it's support. I am in awe of the skill you have using your machine to create this art.

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    1. Thank you - I enjoy sketching with my sewing machine :-)

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