Royal Trappings

Royal Trappings

47" x 48" Pieced silk banners, heavily embellished arch decorated with bead-framed miniature paintings

Royal Trappings, Gallery of Details

Royal Trappings, Gallery of Details

Red Roof Inn

Red Roof Inn

14" x 11" Inspired by an image on Pinterest. Freeform crochet cushion

Townscape A

Townscape A

16" x 20" Hand dyed cottons Machine appliqué and quilting

Townscape B

Townscape B

16" x 20" Hand dyed cottons Machine appliqué and quilting

Dusk Garden

Dusk Garden

39" x 30" Hand dyed cottons Dimensional appliqué, machine embroidery, machine quilting, beading

Dusk Garden, Detail

Dusk Garden, Detail

Vase and Apples

Vase and Apples

32" x 28" Dyed cottons, silks, organzas, laces Fused flowers, dimensional leaves

Village at Dusk

Village at Dusk

54" x 30" Dyed cottons Pieced and quilted

Far Pavilions

Far Pavilions

60" x 44" Inspired by a tour of Chinese gardens. Hand dyed cottons, silks, laces, Angelina Fibers Soft edge appliqué, fused appliqué, machine embroidery and quilting

Far Pavilions, Detail

Far Pavilions, Detail

Shoestring Bouquet

Shoestring Bouquet

13" x 16" I loved the work of Japanese artist Ayako Miyawaki. Pieces of such elegant simplicity. I just wanted to try it out myself.

Wildflowers and Fruit

Wildflowers and Fruit

24" x 30" Hand dyed fabrics, silks, laces, yarns Layered and scrunched appliqué

Transportation

Transportation

60" x 30" Made when my grandson Rahul was born. Not wanting to draw cars, I decided on different methods of animal transport. Dyed and commercial cottons

House by the Stream

House by the Stream

11" x 16" Hand dyed cottons, yarns Soft edge appliqué

Glass Vase

Glass Vase

22" x 25" Cottons, silks, organzas, tulle Layering on background and vase, scrunched and sculpted flowers, machine embroidery

Lace Vase

Lace Vase

10" x 13" Scraps of lace, yarns

Spring Vase

Spring Vase

17" x 23" Cottons, organzas, laces Layered and hand dyed background, scrunched and sculpted flowers, layered vase

Sleepy Owl

Sleepy Owl

18" x 21" Hand dyed cottons, denim background Layered owl, sculpted eyelids, machine embroidered details

Sun's Birthday

Sun's Birthday

44" x 44" Dyed cottons, lamé, brocade Foundation pieced, using a bought pattern

With my love of silks and beads and doodads, quilt artist Dianne Hire’s technique – described in her book Vivacious Curvy Quilts – was the perfect one to use for this quilt. I put my own take on it by adding the faced arch as the heading. I had a collection of Mughal miniature painting prints which I set within lavishly hand beaded frames and appliquéd. Then came the “trappings” for which I used Indian silks and brocades from my collection, embellished again with more beads.

 

I have used this technique for a few other pieces and enjoyed the process of choosing fabrics for this very freeform style. My quilt Dangles has a more contemporary look and Dawn to Dusk took a lot of planning of colours and sizes.