Chantal Guillermet – Medieval
My quilts are usually flat, and I’m always afraid to add too much texture : working on this theme was a real challenge for me !
I’ve chosen to work on tiles : I’ve used my pictures (taken visiting castles or abbayes in France),but websites on medieval themes helped me also for shapes and drawings and Yvonne Brown’s book (Tex-tiles and treasure) was used for the technique.
Hand dyed and commercial fabrics, synthetic felt, transfer paint, acrylic paints, bonda-web, decorative yarns.
The felt was dyed with transfer paint
The tile motif is drawn on a square of stabilizer (stich & tear)
A sandwich made with the felt + background fabric + stabilizer
The motif is free motion stitched from the back using decorative thread in the bobbin and regular cotton thread on the top.
Then the motif is cut out using a soldering iron and the surface distressed with a heat gun.
The surface is embellished with a bit of gold wax for a shiny effect.
The tiles are appliqué on the background with a narrow zigzag;
The background surface is free motion quilted to give the impression of a stone wall, with appliqué ivy leaves .
The door is made with painted bonda-web and free motion quilting.
The quilt is faced to give more strength to the scene.