Friday, 1 December 2017

Summer in Europe Quilt - Art Deco vase, Passau

Super pleased with this one.

This is based on an art deco vase that I saw in the glass museum in Passau, Germany. Passau itself is lovely, on the banks of the Danube and with a great cathedral but the highlight for me was the glass museum. I love glass so I went into the museum which is situated in a hotel. I was expecting it to be a couple of rooms at most but in fact it covers several floors, dozens of room and thousands of pieces of decorative glass. The building itself is lovely too.

I took dozens of photos and there are several other pieces that I might use as inspiration but this art deco vase caught my eye and I'm really pleased with the way the design has turned out. Here's the vase.

 And a close up..

And finally, a close up of my hand stitched applique which I'm pretty please with. (The fabric is greener that it looks here.)

Monday, 20 November 2017

Summer in Europe Quilt - Roman Glass in Trier

This is a small piece, only about 8cm square.

It's going to need pressing and possibly some fabric underneath to make it lie flat but I'll worry about that when I put the quilt together at the end.

This little one was based on some lovely pieces of glass which I saw in the Landesmuseum in Trier, a German city on the banks of the Moselle. I'm pretty sure the glass is Roman but I may have that wrong. Here are the three pieces of glass I photographed. I haven't tried to copy them exactly, just gone for the general 'flavour' of them.

The museum had some fantastic things in it and I could have chosen all kinds of things to base a textile design on. I might look at using some of the mosaics later.

Summer in Europe Quilt - Church Window Dinant

The second piece for the Summer in Europe quilt is finished. It's based on a stained glass window in the Notre Dame church in Dinant, Belgium on the Meuse River.

I learnt a lot from this. Originally I was going to make it using English Paper Piecing but I quickly discovered that I didn't have either the patience or the skill. In the end I used an applique bonding technique with couched thread between the pieces. I left a gap between each piece which was a mistake. I thought it would give me a clear line for couching in but as I worked the fabric began to fray. If I'd butted the pieces up against each other the couching would have secured the edges. As it was I had to sew round every piece after I'd finished the couching.

I'm quite pleased with the colours. I didn't have much red fabric so I dyed some. I've rinsed them thoroughly but I hope the colour doesn't run.

I'm also quite fond of the back of this. I just like the different threads.
 But the thing that I've really learnt this time is that I need to spend more time on the design stage. I sketched the window quickly and made the decision to shorten it to three panels as the original five panels would make it too tall and narrow for my overall design. I didn't look carefully enough at the design though. Here's the original photo.

See where have I gone wrong? 

The actual design should have been the one in the middle. I mistakenly drew it with two extra lines, as in the diagram on the right. I wish I had used the design as it should have been; it has a more modern feel to it (and it would have been less pieces!) Still, I'd give the final piece 7/10 so that's not so bad!