Greetje Hein – Series #3 – Complementary

Series tulips

Complementary colors


My complementary colors are apple green and fuchsia.

I also used both colors in my abstract piece.

For this 3th quilt of my tulip-series I wanted to use several techniques from the former two.

The background is strip pieced like “abstract”.

I used tulle for the leaves. The leaves have more or less the same shape as in “black and white”.

For this tulip I made a new fabric using small pieces of different fabrics. It refers to the technique of my abstract tulips. This time I painted a piece of tyvec and cut small pieces of batik, velvet, transparent web, lace and glitter fabric. These fabric pieces are placed on the tyvec in the shapes of the tulip petals. I covered it with pink bridal tulle. I threadpainted the petals with rayon and other threads.

After the stitching I cut the petals and heated them with a heatgun. The tyvec didn’t shrink as much as I thought, but enough to give some relief to the petals.

The petals are placed 3-dimensional, like on “black and white”.


Keywords: tulips, complementary colors, strip pieced, tyvec, tulip petals, threadpainting, heatgun, 3-dimensional



close-up view

complementary detail


Other pieces in the series:


  1. Wonderful work and definitely works in with the series, these are two of my favourite colours. Your technique is to be commended. Cheers

  2. English quilter

    I love the way you tied the three pieces together. The techniques you used and your colour choices have worked really well in this piece.

  3. There is a real cohesion between all your series, I love the way that you have carried certain details forward. The way you have constructed the tulip is lovely, well done.

  4. I really like the 3D effect of the petals, and the technique you used. Your series is very cohesive.

  5. joanbrailsford

    The way you have created the background and the tulip from strips of fabric is lovely and is very effective. I would not have thought if using Tyvek as a basis but the heat treatment once it is stitched really gives an extra effect and makes the tulip come alive. You have created a very cohesive and interesting series, that I love.

  6. I love the fabric you created for the tulips. And the 3D technique makes it even more coming to life. Beautiful pieced and quilted background.

  7. I like the close-up you did here. Very fine quilting.

  8. The 3D technique with that well-done background and the right colors selected, create a well-done quilt that complete your series well.

  9. A lovely quilt in fine techiques. The way you put elements of the first two quilts in this third piece is very nice and thoughtful. Beautiful series!

  10. studiociboulette

    I love your pieced back ground and the effects you gave with the quilting. Beautiful.

  11. The techniques and colors you used worked really well in creating this lovely 3D tulip. Beautiful quilting and a lovely series.

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