One of My Favorites
Sunrise, Art Quilt # 5, has always been one of my favorites. While small in stature, measuring only 11 7/8″ x 8″, it’s visual impact makes it appear much larger. This piece has a prominent place in my home where I can see and enjoy it every day.
I participated in a beading class in early June at the QSDS held in Ohio at the Columbus College of Arts. This was not my first art quilt beading class. In fact it was the third time I took a class with this teacher. The instructor was Lisa Binkley.
What to Pack?
Before packing for my trip I was supposed to decide which quilt I wanted to embellish. I found the decision difficult to make because I had so many wonderful available options. Rather than make the selection on my own I chose to take along several small pieces. I figured the instructor, with her many years of experience, would help be decide. Through a process of elimination I chose Sunrise (pictured above) as my candidate for embellishment.
Also traveling with me was this box of beads. I have been collecting them for the sole purpose of enhancing art quilts. I have absolutely no intention of making jewelry.
Now let’s take a tour of the textures and adornments added to my mini art quilt.
I added a variety of beads as well as stitching to my Sunrise quilt. First to be incorporated was a seed stitch. Using a variegated thread I filled in the yellow areas of the white dotted fabric.
In the multi-colored strip along the left edge I added stacks of lime green and teal beads.
Traveling a little further to the right, in the vertical yellow strip with white dots, I added three groupings containing a shiny, square, blue bead connected to an orange carrot or chili pepper.
Just up and slightly to the right of the dangling chili pepper is a stack consisting of a teal, an orange and a teeny-tiny, lime green bead. Below that are two teal beads embossed with a copper colored bird.
Slightly higher that those stacks are these three tiny teal beads.
In the very bottom right corner is a medallion created from an iridescent blue face, five orange chili peppers linked together with teal and lime green beads.
Along the bottom edge of the art quilt I stitched seven groupings of bird beads.
Here’s a photo of the entire piece.
One of a Kind
With the addition of numerous embellishments this tiny, but stylish, quilt dances to the beat of its own drummer. Nowhere else on earth is there a quilt quite like this. Sunrise truly is a one-of-a-kind art piece.
Even though the process was lengthy I had a great time dressing up my Sunrise quilt. However, I don’t intend to give each of my quilts the same attention. Only the chosen few will experience this special treatment.
Did I Loose You?
I have a hunch that the guided tour we just took may have lost a few of you somewhere along the way. Sometimes my attempts at pointing out details go a bit overboard. While my ramblings make total sense to me they may sound like white noise to you. If you are one of the readers that found the excursion to be confusing don’t feel bad. I often confuse myself! 🙂 Hopefully the last photo speaks for itself.
Thank you for your visit! I look forward to hearing your comments and reactions.
12 thoughts on “AQ # 5: Sunrise (An Update)”
You didn’t lose me! You had me at the seed beads. Look how fabulous that looks on the yellow fabric! That is just stunning, and it must have taken FOREVER with all those small beads. I can hardly force myself to move on from them . . . but the medallion is so cool, especially coupled with the dangling bird beads. What a fun project! Truly one of a kind. No, of course not all of your quilts will receive this special treatment – otherwise it would no longer be special. ~smile~ Roseanne
Well that’s good! It was a long and tedious process but the end result made it all worth it. Thanks for paying close tension and honoring my post by commenting! You are amazing! 😊
Cindy, I have only one quilt with embellishments and it is in my UFO pile. You inspire me to get back to it. I hope you have a great trip and experience. Take care. ~ Jan
I’m glad I have inspired you to revisit the quilt. Poor thing. 😔 Thank you for your thoughts of kindness. 😊
Where is the “SUPER LIKE” button for this blog post?!?!
First the post is very visually appealing/stunning with all the colors in the images. Also I like your new background to your blog – nice! You did a fantastic job on this piece and if you ever tire of it, you have my address, mail it to my house 🙂
You are a hoot! I’ll get on creating that button just for you Tierney! Thank you for your very sweet comments. I really enjoy taking and editing photos. The whole process is another art form in itself. If only all my photos turned out as good. I am so glad you noticed my new background. I like changing things up every now and then. I certainly do know where you live. I will keep your offer in mind. 🤓 Thanks for being so sweet!
Did you attach loops?
No, I didn’t. It is so tiny I just use straight pins to hang it on the wall. The holes they make in both the wall hanging and the wall are really tiny. Tiny holes in the wall make my hubby happy!
It’s so little! Cute!
It is. Thank you!
What will you do with this small art quilt? Is it a wall hanging?
Thank you very much! Yes it is a wall hanging. It hangs in my home in a prominent place.