Monday, August 1, 2011

Ghost Quilting

I call it Ghost Quilting. I start with a square or rectangle of printed fabric as the focus, then I add borders all around and imagine what is out off the edge of the focus fabric and complete the motifs with only stitching or with Neocolor II watercolor wax pastels plus stitching. The focus fabric can be fused onto the center of a larger piece or borders can be sewn onto the center.

 The red pineapple piece has only stitching to complete the picture.

 The yellow pineapple piece is enhanced with Neocolor II plus stitching.
 In progress, showing the stitching that will complete the picture.
The first step--adding Neocolor II to extend the picture into the border.

10 comments:

Marti said...

The pineapple piece is my fave! What a great idea; they are all beautiful.

Barbarba Douglas said...

I see a book in this. I have done something similar, but you took it even farther. It is a wonderful technique one that you should teach.

Gloria said...

I like this!!

Martha said...

Thanks, Marti, Barbara, and Gloria! The possibilities using this technique are endless and I had fun with these pieces.

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Love this technique!

Maxine Oliver said...

What an interesting idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Virginia Butler said...

These are beautiful. I continue to admire your creativity.

cat in tassie said...

I love these1 I've seen other examples of ghost quilting but this is the first time I've seen watercolour pencils to add colour to the quilting, which really ties it in with the fabric used in the centre.

Martha said...

Thanks, Cat! These are fun to make, and I use crayons on some and only stitches on some.

desertskyquilts said...

Thank you for your explanation. Someone used this term today and I had no clue what it was. Your explanation and pictures make it all make sense now!