Friday, July 19, 2013

Rolled Mystery Fabric

Every so often it is fun to have a Challenge!
It wakes up the creative juices and makes you think outside the box.

At the beginning of summer I had the pleasure of teaching at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium here in Fayetteville NC.  Part of the symposium was a quilt show and of course vendors.  You can probably imagine that much of the little spare time I had was spent looking at quilts and shopping and chatting with quilting friends and shopping.  On one these excursions I discovered some curious batik fabric remnants.
The remnants were packaged in an enticing roll and I couldn’t wait to take a little peak inside one of the rolls. About 7 small strips of fabric between 3 and 7 inches wide, approximately 1 yard total were in each bundle. -

These were curious little batik treasures - not big enough to make a large quilt, but not too little to make something fun. I bought a few rolls, but only opened one roll and picked out all the rest based on what I saw in the margins of the rolls.
An idea was born - a challenge. 



Make an art piece, landscape or abstract from each of the fabric rolls: 
I must use every one of the fabrics in each bundle.
No exceptions, no substitutions, no additions.
I don't have to use all of the fabric in the roll and there is no size limitation.


I opened the remaining rolls one by one in class one Monday morning after the event and my students and I had great fun just looking what could be made with each roll. 


One roll contained a variety of different reds - no contrasting fabric at all - so my Quilting Class tried to get me to change the rules and make an exception so I would have some contrast - but I decided the original rules should stand and I will have to work with what I have in each roll, even if it turns out looking like ....... 
..........we will see, I might have to save that one for last.


So......  Here is the first piece in the Rolled Mystery Series:


Springtime:
Floating Logs on a River



I made a Landscape, using every piece in the fabric roll.


My textured landscape technique is fun and easy to do and always a bit of a surprise, because not every little detail can be controlled in the creative process. 


It is liberating, fun and a great way to start your week.

I think I met my first challenge in the Rolled Mystery Fabric series.

The Mystery Fabric Saga will continue - so keep checking back in.

Happy Quilting.  Annette




3 comments:

  1. Great challenge to yourself. I don't see anything about not doing surface design to the fabric. You could paint, bleach, PaintStix or texture some of those reds!

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    1. That is true. It might just give me the contrast I need. Initially I was planning on thread-painting to get more of a contrast, but there are definitely more possibilities and I like all of the ones you mentioned. Thanks Lisa.

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  2. That is great that your mystery technique gives you a liberating feeling. I love creating and trying something new. Love the landscape.
    Welcome to the blog world.

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