Under the Sea

Under the Sea

47" x 27" Dye painted fabrics, organzas, laces, sequined fabric, hand dyed laces, "rescued" crochet, etc. A heat gun to bubble acrylic fabrics, a soldering iron to cut out intricate forms, crochet, hand and machine embroidery, beading

Dangles

Dangles

28" x 32" Printed cottons Dianne Hire's technique

Island Getaway

Island Getaway

35" x 24" An imaginary retreat – loggias open to the sea, a moored boat and an emergency bell. Hand dyed and commercial cottons Soft edge appliqué, machine quilting

Crazy Quilt A

Crazy Quilt A

22" x 34" Silks, velvets, laces, ribbons, buttons, charms Piecing, hand embroidery, beading

Crazy Quilt B

Crazy Quilt B

22" x 34" Silks, velvets, laces, ribbons, buttons, charms Piecing, hand embroidery, beading

Crazy Quilt C

Crazy Quilt C

26" x 26" Silks, velvets, laces, ribbons, sequins, charms Piecing, hand embroidery, beading

Crazy Quilt D

Crazy Quilt D

25" x 30" Silks, velvets, laces, ribbons, charms Piecing, hand embroidery, beading

Cave Painting

Cave Painting

26" x 19" Hand dyed cottons, mixed fabrics Sun printing, painting, hand embroidery

City on the Hill

City on the Hill

46" x 46" Inspired by a black and white Christmas card. Cottons, laces, silks Appliqué, free machining

Bird in the Orchard

Bird in the Orchard

27" x 25" Commercial cottons Padded, layered appliqué, machine quilting

Brass Vase, Stone Wall and Flowers

Brass Vase, Stone Wall and Flowers

37" x 31" Cottons, lamés, bits of cheesecloth, lace, etc. Distressed background wall, sculpted flowers and vase

Amethyst Moon A

Amethyst Moon A

33" x 29" Hand dyed cottons, braids, laces, organdy overlays Free machine quilting, embroidery

Amethyst Moon B

Amethyst Moon B

37" x 29" Hand dyed cottons, braids, laces, organdy overlays Free machine quilting, embroidery

Seascapes

Seascapes

31" x 26" Small seascapes in "attic windows"

Animal Folk

Animal Folk

26" x 26" Silks Silk painted folk art animals, piecing, quilting, embroidery

Centerpiece

Centerpiece

46" x 30" Layered cottons, silks, laces Sculpted flowers

This was made for my grandson. He is an avid diver and had just moved into his own apartment. I immersed myself in sea photos, articles, documentaries before starting out on this quilt. I decided that I would try for the "feeling" rather than an actual realistic depiction of the myriad forms of sea life – beautiful, bizarre, textured beyond belief. I have used many textile techniques for this piece – a heat gun to bubble acrylic fabrics, a soldering iron to cut out intricate forms, crochet, hand and machine embroidery, beading. I've also used a wide range of fabrics – from my own dye painted background to layered organza and lace, sequined fabric, hand dyed laces, "rescued" crochet, etc. And, as always, I have tried to include as many "surprises" as I could so that the viewer will always find something new. The range and possibilities of the textile medium continue to amaze me.