Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Meet My Quilt: Peony Pride

I've been revisiting my stencil quilt patterns and oh boy, I'd completely underestimated how much stencil work I did back in the day! Well, just lately I've started receiving more and more interest in stenciling fabric so I thought now would be a good time to revisit my stencil quilts- by showcasing one each week. I hope that sharing my technique and passion, those of you who are interesting in trying this technique will be encouraged to give it a go. Applique is my true love, but there's no denying the allure of stenciling and what it can allow you to create.

Back in 2007 I wanted to create a modern quilt that had all the traditional elements I loved from those quilts of a bygone era - it had to be simple, be floral and make an impact. As a textile artist long before I was a quilter, I was completely comfortable with the idea of stenciling - even though those around me weren't so keen in my newfound interest and I couldn't find any like minded quilters to share my passion with. Not that this put me off, I was determined to see through my own personal stenciling challenges.

You see, I think that stenciling is ahead of it's time - way ahead, and I do think that one day it will get the respect it deserves- I hope it happens whilst I'm still quilting as I feel it's long overdue. It's especially odd to me as stenciling is not some new 'fad' but is up there with heritage quilting techniques - it's been with us since those very first New England quilts so there's no reason to avoid it for the sake of sentimentality.

I got the urge to create Peony Pride because I wanted to create a 'classic' quilt which was completely stenciled, and by doing so challenge the idea of what 'traditional' could mean for a quilt. I decided to just make a go of it and keep it simple. I designed Peony Pride in a single afternoon after flicking through my design journals and I have to say, looking on 9 years later, it still feels relevant and 'now' and yes, I would make it all over again. I still love it. 


5 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, this is an awesome quilt. I love peonies and have numerous plants in my yard and I think you have truly captured their beauty with this design. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Oh my goodness! Are you telling me that gorgeous quilt is all painted with stencils, not appliqued?! I would have SWORN it was all appliqued! What kind of paint do you use? Do the colors remain so vibrant after washing, or is this a technique that is suitable only for display quilts that will never ever be washed?

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  3. Esther, this quilt is beautiful! What is your preferred product for stenciling on fabric? Whatever you used here has perfect coverage.

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  4. its even better close up I will have to give this a try

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  5. That is awesome!!!! I too, would like to know what kind of paint you use. Thanks.

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