Kaylene Maalste – Series #4 – Techniques – Modern Reverse Applique
In the modern world of quilting, old techniques or traditions are often revamped. This in my opinion has occurred with the traditional method of “Reverse Applique” used in the beautiful Molas of the Kuna women of the San Blas Islands. I know it as Chenille work (applique) and have based my quilt on a workshop I took from Carol Waugh which she calls “Stitch and Slash”
I deliberately did not try to have a symmetrical design as I it was my way of depicting the state of upheaval many countries are experiencing, it maybe a stretch of the imagination but that is what abstract art is about. The material is batiks and black cotton and the embellishments are different threads and wool. My quilting is also abstract and in some areas linear, the center is a definite design of a circle with radiating lines, indicating that we (the people of the world) are at the centre and maybe it is us who must extend our thoughts and deeds out into the world to make it a better place.
I faced the quilt as I did not want a definite boundary.
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