Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Industrial Challenge

In June this year the Waverley Art Quilters challenge theme was Industrial. This was a very different topic than most of us were used to but that is the idea of the challenge, to try and stretch us, take us out of our comfort zone and ultimately find our creative voice.

I decided to use a photo that I had taken on the Needlework Cruise to New Zealand earlier this year. I took the photo as we were leaving Napier, that wonderful Art Deco town.

I don't take many industrial photos but I chose this one because it seemed to have some interesting reflections and I am still trying to work on them. I had to crop a lot of the photo though because we are only working on an A3 sized quilt.

Cropping the the photo made it look more Industrial and not so scenic. I also got a better look at the reflections as well.

I used Vliesofix to fuse the shapes and quilted it without finishing the edges. I think that it gives a more realistic look.

Here is my finished quilt.

Leaving Napier©2014 Linda Steele
It was actually quite fiddly to do and in hindsight I could have used darker background fabrics to make it look more like evening. As always it was an interesting experience but Industrial quilts are probably not going to be my thing!

Bye for now,


sarah makes pictures said...

What a wonderful way to portray unusual content for a quilt. Looking at your photos I was unable to picture how I would quilt that image; you not only recreated the subject matter but really brought it to life!

Linda Steele said...

Thank you Sarah, I am my own worst critic but I am learning a lot along the way.

jude's page said...

Looks great, Industrial would be way out of my comfort zone, but as you say, that is the idea of a challenge. Well done.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Jude, doing the different challenges really makes me appreciate the work of other quilters who do that kind of work.