Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rock-on Challenge Quilts

I entered 2 quilts in the Quilting Arts Magazine Rock-on Challenge. 10 quilts were selected for publication in the latest issue. Of course I was hoping one of mine would be chosen but since they were not I can now show them here. These were really fun to make and I can see doing a whole series of 'rock-on' quilts. They are both 81/2 x 11. I will put the song titles at the end of this post so you can take a shot at guessing the titles.

For this first quilt the background is mono printed on black fabric with Lumiere paints trying to create a psychedelic look. I used Angelina Fibers for the blue light effects. Miss Molly was drawn on paper then traced onto tan fabric and fused to the background. Her face was done with colored pencils. The hair was made with Oliver Twist silk tops covered with tulle. I tried several fabrics for the blue dress and finally found a large tropical bird print panel in my stash that I had bought on the clearance table for $1. I don’t know what possessed me to buy it but I cut up a large blue bird and it was perfect. The devil horns are made of puff paint painted red and of course it wouldn’t be complete without the reference to Chanel No.5. All was free motion quilted.

To create this quilt I used bright hand dyed fabrics for the fused landscape. I tried to include as many literal references to the song as possible. ‘Lucy’ was stamped on light pink fabric and fused to the sky. The features were then enhanced with colored pencils. The kaleidoscope eyes are two layers of small plastic flowers. I cut the petals to give them more of a kaleidoscope look. The ‘diamonds’ are hot fixed crystals. The ‘cellophane flowers’ are made of yellow and green painted cellophane. The taxi is made of newspaper and the water in the fountain is puff paint and beads painted with Lumiere paints. The most amazing thing is that all of the items used were actually in my stash. All was free motion quilted.

If you haven't guessed by now the songs are 'Devil With The Blue Dress' by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and 'Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds' bu the Beatles.


TextileTraveler said...

These are wonderful, Judy! I'm sorry about the challenge, but I've seen the ones that got in, and yours are every bit as good!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Wow! I am so impressed! These are wonderful. I haven't seen the ones that were accepted, but I can't imagine that they can be any more beautiful or creative!

Elizabeth said...

These are wonderful-so incredibly detailed and creative!!! i must say that Lucy is my fav- I think that it must be the colors!! We just never know what the mood of the judges will be so we have to keep on keeping on! these are so terrific- if you chose to sell them I bet that you could do so in an instant! I am looking at my attempts as a way to build a body of work so that one day, if I am ever able to do a show, I will ahve some inventory. Getting chosen for publication will be a bonus!! having seen the winners in the mag, yours are better!!!
Carry On Sister in Fabric!!!

MargaretR said...

These two are great Judy. The 10 chosen must be brilliant then!

Vivien said...

What fun! I love these, Judy! I could tell immediately what songs they represented. I'm so impressed that they're so different; you have a great artistic voice that lets you express yourself in such varied ways. Well done.

Aunt Spicy said...

I still am amazed at how detailed your quilts our...and what creativity they exude!