Sunday, April 24, 2011

Results of the Earth Day Art Tart Kit

Susan has created multiple layers of recycled items: the base is a 15 year old seminole pieced top on which she placed a paper towel colored with seta color, and a lime green shopping bag. She machine stitched the paper towel's printed design and embellished with cording from a gift wrap bag. The binding is a saved satin ribbon and the piece is hung from a branch that was pruned from her yard.

Sue Anne has blended patches from old shirts and plastic bags in the background piecing of her Earth Day Art. Over the surface hangs the applique motifs from a summer blouse she no longer wears. The quilt has been machine quilted and bound in curvy edges.

Sue Anne's second piece started with a rejected screen print. She layered lightly colored yellow plastic bags over the top and pressed with her iron which brought out an irridescent shine. The border fabric is a piece of snow dyed fabric that was overdyed with spray paint using a aluminum roasting pan as the stencil. The quilt is machine quilted.

Jamie's piece is inspired by Jeanelle McCall's article in the April/May issue of Quilting Arts. Instead of fabric, she used plastic bags selectively for the complementary color scheme. Before thread painting, all the plastic is fused together. The top layer is mounted over a onion bag and then is stitched to the front of another bag, handle and all.

Sue's Earth Day Art reflects her artist's influence as she chose the theme. The background strips come from her left over fabric basket. The palette is fused plastic bags with circles cut from paint chip sample sheets. She has added used paint brushes as embellishment.