Monday, 15 August 2016

SAQA Oceania Blog Hop 2016

Welcome! I am happy to kick off the SAQA Oceania Blog Hop 2016.
SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) has a Benefit Auction of art quilts every year, and this year 36 Oceania members contributed a piece: the Oceania Collection.

The Auction starts on September 16th, and in the weeks leading up to it 16 Oceania members will show how their quilts were made and what inspired them to make them in the SAQA Oceania Blog Hop 2016. A full list of all participant artists can be found here on the SAQA Oceania blog.

This is my Auction piece, Colouring In:

I love the current trend of colouring books for grown-ups and have quite a pile of them:

When I was thinking about my contribution for this year's Auction, my eyes fell on this pile and I decided to quilt a colouring page. I started with plain white fabric. My favourite colouring-in books are the ones with geometric patterns, so I quilted a triangle grid using black Aurifil 50wt thread:

For the pencil strokes I wound a bobbin with Aurifloss embroidery thread and turned the quilt around to sew from the back. For the top thread I used a matching Aurifil 50wt thread.

I then used fabric in the same colour to appliqué a pencil shape:

Initially I had planned to use only one colour, but I decided that that wasn't enough, so added another one:

And then a few more:

And some more pencils:

Then I decided it was enough, and I finished the quilt with a facing finish. Here is a close-up of the colouring-in:

And the view from the back:

This is my fifth Auction quilt! Here are the four previous ones, clockwise from top left: Balance 1 (2010), Balance 3 (2011), Black and White #3 (2013) and Escape (2015).

Don't miss the next posting in this Blog Hop by Dale Rollerson on August 17th!


Suzanne Gummow said...

An interesting topic. I walk past some of these books every week to buy my groceries SO tempted. Now after reading your blog hop I think I will buy one. Thanks for sharing.

Charlotte Scott said...

I love your idea Linda, and the bobbin embroidery is the perfect idea for 'colouring'!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Great quilt! And I love your idea of linking back to your previous auction quilts.