Friday, 1 February 2019

Texture to Treasure

February Reveal for The Endeavourers.  

"We are a group of [12 international] quilters who take part in a quarterly challenge to make a smallish art quilt of any (reasonable) size according to a theme chosen at the beginning of the quarter.

We work in any style suggested by the theme, but once in a while, we will also throw a particular technique into the mix as an incentive to be adventurous."

You can read more about the group HERE. You can also see all the quilts from the members of the group HERE.

The theme for this quarter reveal is TEXTURE. 

This is what I found to use when the theme was first announced. 

As I progressed with this art quilt, I found other fabrics and materials to use. I changed the composition, too. 

My final piece, Treasuring Grandma's Memory, is completed (although I want to add a necklace hanging out of the jewelry box and add some type of leaves to the flowers). This is a photo of my mother-in-law. My husband is delighted with this tribute to her. 

Here are a few close-ups to let you see the types of texture I brought in to this art quilt. 
I tried to give the vase a smooth texture with the satin-like fabric. The idea of etching was done with stitches after I placed batting behind the satin. I trimmed the piece and appliqued it to the background fabric.

I made the jewelry box from a technique I watched Heather Thomas demonstrate on a preview video for National Quilter's Circle HERE. (No affliliation) Below are photos of how I did this.

Damp cloth poked through grate of cooling rack from kitchen to air dry, 

iron and attach stabilizer, 

ready to cut.

I found some synthetic suede-type fabric that had a backing on it. It looked great for a photo frame. 

I printed the photo on an EQ Cotton Lawn Inkjet printer sheet and I stabilized it with iron-on stabilizer. I cut an opening in the suede where the photo would show through from behind it. 

After appliqueing it to the background, I noticed that the stabilizer showed through on the edge just a bit. 
I used a brown Fabric marker to color the white. All fixed:

And finally, I used the batik background fabric to create a stucco appearance on the wall. The thought the colors created a patina and roughness of an old wall. 


  1. Nancy this is great - I'm not surprised your husband was pleased with it. What a great tribute - and so beautiful made, with the etching on your shiny vase, and that fantastic texture on the jewellery case.

  2. I love the variety and balance of textural effects you have used. The vase is beautifully done and the jewellery box fabric is a very clever technique. All your textures combine to create a very dimensional pice and it is a wonderful tribute to your MIL :)

    1. Thank you, I was hoping the piece looked balanced. I tried to think of the rule of 3rds.

  3. A great project Nancy! I love the techniques you’ve used to make the vase and the jewellery box.
    It really is a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law!
    Barbara x

  4. This is lovely and what a wonderful tribute - no wonder your husband was pleased. A great use of different techniques and textures

  5. Wonderful texture and fancy techniques, thanks for sharing Nancy.

  6. I love the variety of textures, and I appreciate you sharing how you did the jewelry box construction. And my favorite part is the glossy vase and the doily flowers!

  7. That's beautiful, so much to look at - I'd love to see in real life!

  8. I love the variety of textures you used. But the jewelry box really caught my eye. The construction is very very interesting.

  9. So far, of the pieces I've seen for this challenge, I like this one the best. I think you've done an excellent job of portraying a variety of textures throughout the piece.