Margaret Horton – Contrast – The Hat

The inspiration for this quilt originated from an art class I attended, where I was encouraged to just paint something from a pile of art books.  I chose an uncomplicated shape of a head and shoulders of a woman wearing a rather striking hat covered in fruit!  The original painting in the book showed the woman’s face to be green, with her clothing and hat, a bright red.  It was indeed a striking contrast. I liked the shape but the colours not so much, so I adapted it to fit a 15 x 15” space.  I have left out the fruit as well.

I have always used a ‘dropcloth’ on my work surface and these cloths become very interesting over time.  For the appliqué shape of the lady and hat, I have used such a cloth and have overprinted it by screen printing, stencilling and rubbings with markal paint sticks, which has given a layered effect, a favoured technique of mine at the moment.

Machine embroidery has been added to emphasise the flower shapes and also to serve to quilt the shape to the commercial print background.

As I wanted the appliqué shape to be the prominent feature, I quilted the background fabric quite simply, using the stripes as a guide.  At first I used the ordinary sewing foot and straight stitch to quilt, but quickly changed to free machine embroidery because of all the fastening off that this involved.

A thoroughly good time was add and I hope you enjoy seeing the quilt.

Margaaret H1


Close up View:

Margaret H

  1. I like the lady in the hat she really contrasts with her background. Such a fun piece. Diana

  2. martine Dionis

    fun and beautifil

  3. Love that hat! And I really like the contrast between the fanciful, floral quilting of the very feminine ‘model’ against the simple, strong, dark lines of the background (perhaps unconsciously inspired by a man’s pinstriped suit?) 🙂

  4. Chantal Guillermet

    I agree with Margaret’s comment

  5. Very clever interpretation of the theme, the colours and so soft and inviting. Well done

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