Kaylene Maalste – Water – Ocean

As I live close to the ocean it was a natural choice to try and depict the colours of the beautiful Southern Ocean. I took my inspiration from a creative photograph I took several months ago. I used a batik fabric that was cut into curved pieces, ironed onto fusible batting and then hand quilted with embroidery thread. This was a simple design but I could not use the machine due to knee surgery.

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  1. Beautiful Kaylene, you didn’t need the sewing-machine at all! The colours and the design are great, you can hear the waves reaching the shoreline. Nice hand-stitching.

  2. Kaylene, I love it! Your use of colour is great, and who needs a sewing machine? The change of thread colour is very effective;

  3. Kaylene I agree ! it is a beautiful piece. The curved pieces really suggest the movement of water and the colours are perfect !

  4. Fifty shades of blue. I like very much this range of blue that gives the idea of your ocean touching the sky. The hand quilting with thread changing is perfect and gives you the movement of the waves. I really love it.

  5. Lovely movement of blues. I really like it.

  6. Lovely — and very calming to look at.

  7. Kaylene, it is stunning! I love the colors and your hand quilting. Well done!

  8. studiociboulette

    Love the colors and the movement. Beautiful!

  9. This is the Southern Ocean as I remember it. Beautiful colors and hand quilting!

  10. The curved piecing with all the shades of blue along with the hand quilting is just lovely.

  11. I love the way you have coloured and stitched this piece. The gradation of the blues, and the curves in the stitching really do portray the wave motion, and have worked really well.

  12. The design might be simple but the quilt is lovely. The use of curves and so many blues really depicts water beautifully.

  13. Beautiful shading it portrays the motion of the ocean really well portrayed

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