The way it is.
When I made my first quilt I cut up a section of fabric and sewed it to another piece of fabric which in turn made a whole piece.
My first quilt was made from polyester sheeting squares that you could buy from the bedding company Actil and I didn’t really know I had made a quilt. I thought it was a cute comforter. I just added a polyester quilt in the centre, a sheet on the back and stitched it all together. There is was, a quilt for 8 year old son Benjamin joining our family from Mauritius.
At 38, he still has the quilt. At one stage I rescued it from his pickup.
It isn’t just a quilt, it’s the memory imprint of hand and machine, emotion and color combining to make something out of those collection of pieces.
So I decided to learn how to make real quilts.
In those early days of quilting it was an obsession to complete my quilt tops by piecing and learning the traditional quilt patterns. (we’ve all done it) Log cabin, half square triangles etc.
I began to appliqué the quilt tops, but I needed more definition. I added ink and made the appliqué. ‘drapplique’ – drawing and appliqué.
The appliqué, became, ‘realistic appliqué’ and then another passion developed, portraits and landscapes in fabric and thread.
But I had to draw everything by hand.
Then I discovered EQ4… and on my trusty computer I designed dozens of quilts and made many of them. I could even draw the appliqué in the computer.
But things have changed drastically over the years, now we can add one of our photos to an app on our phone or ipad, sometimes the computer and voila, its converted into an amazing image that we could use for quilting.
This app I used for this quilt is called Moku Hanga
A digital image of zebras from one of my own photos created a pattern and I have the beginnings of a quilt.
Waterlogue on the ipad or iphone can give you a realistic watercolor rendition and break down the colors to Create an image. These were also done while traveling.
But this is the latest app on the market. It’s called dreamscope. I drew this image of two men in Africa using my pen on the ipad pro. I added the photo to Dreamscope and selecting aa choice of backgrounds gave me this fabulous image. I could use it as a design for fabric, or a quilt.
Dreamscope and is available for phone or ipad.
Its one of the best I’ve ever used. It creates amazing images from your own photos and
Could I create a quilt from this? indeed I could I love the way it’s created the background and then divided up all the other colors.
Instamag and Dreamscope.
You can even print your own fabric through Spoonflower. So I could send the images above to Spoonflower and produce my own fabric for furnishings as well as a quilt.
However, its not that simple, the resolution is quite low in the Dreamscope images… maybe I’m doing something wrong so I need to investigate further.
I used Pencil sketch Pro for this image from one of my photos.
I spend hours on the plane, while I’m watching TV and even in bed designing on the ipad. (by the way I think every quilter needs an ipad) My mind is constantly challenged and technology has increased my desire to challenge myself even more as a Textile artist… I don’t think I should say I’m a quilter as such.. I’m an artist in textiles I love it. Its stimulating and challenging thanks to Technology.