Kaylene Maalste – Gathering Storm Clouds

“Gathering Storm Cloud”

When this challenge was announced I thought of storm clouds. My original design was sketched out and patterns made, but somehow the choice of fabrics was not suitable. I then made the decision to use hand dyed silk for my background and hand dyed silk organza for the clouds and ocean. I did not want to cover the entire sky area with the black organza, so decided to cut irregular rectangles. I first diagonally quilted the background silk, then when the “clouds” were in place, I free motioned a simple design. The ocean is several layers of silk organza and tulle, to give the impression of a turbulent ocean I did a simple wavy free motion quilting stitch across the piece. To add some touches of colour, I hand sewed torn scraps of a open weave silk fabric. While the quilt is abstract I think it conveys the impression of dark clouds gathering over the ocean.



  1. Kaylene, I had thought of doing gathering storm clouds, but I would not have come up with such a great interpretation. I would have done something much more realistic which I don’t think would have been as good. Fantastic job!

  2. I echo Chris’ comments. Abstraction lends power to the piece. I am reminded of “The Gathering Storm” which I think is a title of one of Churchill’s books on WWII…

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