I love art quilts. Love, love, love them. I made this art quilt for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap, it's inspired by my sudden fascination with patchwork things, Harry Potter and layering texture. It took ages and I'd probably still be playing with it if the swap deadline hadn't arrived. I am super pleased with the results though:
I began by sewing together five different complimentary fabrics. Next I broke out my acrylics and swirled on some color washes over the fabric and then painted on some lovely gold spots with lumiere fabric paint (a personal favorite). I picked a dark blue thread and used the quilting foot on my sewing machine for the first time. The result is a bit choppy but I was just making random patterns and playing with the movement. I also added two flying keys with black thread - free-hand embroidering them on the machine.
I printed the words "Catch Me If You Can" onto white muslin (stiffed with freezer paper to go through my printer), cut them out and machine embroidered them with black thread onto the quilt.
Next I bought some shimmery blue & white chiffon and a pretty opalescent netting. I cut strips of each fabric and used my heat gun to melt them onto the quilt and layer them. It added a lot of texture which I really enjoyed. Then some more machine quilting, this time with a bright yellow thread to compliment the key and the gold spots and help secure my melted fabrics.
Here's a shot that shows the texture from the layered and melted fabrics:
I already had the gold key on hand and created wings for it using some fantasy film and my heat gun. Then I sewed it onto the quilt using clear nylon thread.
Not ready to call it quits, I broke out my ridiculously vast collection of beads and randomly sewed them in place all over the quilt. Finally I added two silver rings to the back of the quilt so it can be hung on the wall.