10/30/11

Van Gogh Meets the Bloggers Quilt Festival

I made this quilt several years ago, and it's probably my favorite.


It is based off of the famous painting, Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. As an art quilter I've been inspired by many impressionist painters work, but this one struck me as the perfect still life to translate into a quilt.


 (The original masterpiece)

  

I came across a sunflower print fabric in the clearance bin at JoAnn's, and new that with a little manipulation, shading, and thread painting, I could make the petals look painted on and natural. I used hand dyed fabric for the background and leaves.


I made this quilt "my own" by adding a few additional touches like the fallen leaves on the table and a more pastel hue to the background versus the yellow and orange shades Van Gogh used in his original. I also wanted my vase to be more modern and make the scene a little taller and give the naturally "tall" type of flower a sunflower is, some additional height within the frame.


The frame is made from a wood print fabric, and I simply added some shading with (of all things) a black Sharpie marker! This is the fun of making art quilts - you can use whatever is at hand that will work to enhance the quilt. And unless you tell the viewers, or confess it on your blog, none would be the wiser.

I am so pleased to link this art quilt, one of my first, up with the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Please go visit the site and check out all of the wonderful quilts on display there. And you should definitely consider adding yours to the mix!


Amy'sCreativeSide


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22 comments:

  1. What a wonderful image of the sunflowers. It is beautifully quilted as well.

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  2. Fantastic quilt! I just love the "wood" frame and the sunflowers are beautifully embellished and completed!

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  3. That wood frame looks surprisingly real in these pictures! And your sunflowers are great! In other words, I love your quilt!

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  4. It's gorgeous Tanesha! Very beautiful :)

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  5. Gorgeous! Love your rendition of this impressionist painting.

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  6. The frame sure had me fooled. Nice work.

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  7. What a gorgeous quilt. The light and dark in the flowers shows a great design eye and really makes it pop!

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  8. You are so talented Tanesha! I love the amazing art you are able to create.

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  9. A great nod to van Gogh, and the wood frame really sets if off.

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  10. Wow. I really like this. You've done such a great job and I can see why it's a favourite. I must confess that a black pigma pen has made it's way on to a current project to hide a small over-sewn stitch.

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  11. I love Van Gogh's sunflowers - I have often wanted to make a version of his starry starry night using the Cindy Walters snippet method for creating an art quilt.
    You have created a lovely piece that really captures the beauty of those happy sunflowers.
    Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment.
    Enjoy the festival.
    Regards.
    Anna

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  12. This is a great tribute to a wonderful artist, and a pretty quilt to enjoy at your home, too.

    ; )

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  13. great job. i've never made an art quilt before but i certainly appreciate the skill that goes into it! It must look stunning in your house.

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  14. Beautiful quilt! I am not an art quilter at all but I sure do appreciate them!

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  15. Very very nice. Creative way you accomplished this quilt. I like it!

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  16. I really enjoyed hearing about the inspiration and process behind your quilt. I am not an art quilter, but I was inspired by the techniques you described. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Love all things van gogh and your interpretation of his sunflowers is just lovely. What a fine piece this is and love your version. Gotta try this some day...maybe irises. Thanks for shring and have a great day

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