lundi 7 octobre 2019

The making of a new art quilt with scraps of fabrics

I've been quilting for over 40 years, and I have a lot of scraps (and a lot of larger pieces of fabric, of course!) But since I know that to grow a kilo of coton you need to use between 2500 to 19000 litres of water, I decided to use my scraps to the last tiny bits. 
In fact I believe I don't have to buy anymore fabric until the end of my life!

Je fais du patchwork depuis plus de 40 ans, et j'ai beaucoup de petits restes de tissus (et bien sûr beaucoup de tissus en plus gros morceaux!) Mais depuis que je sais qu'il faut entre 2500 et 19000 litres d'eau pour faire pousser un kilo de coton, j'ai décidé d'utiliser mes restes jusqu'au dernier petit bout. 
En fait je crois que je n'ai plus besoin d'acheter de tissus jusqu'à la fin de ma vie!

For weeks  and months, I grouped tiny left overs by color. From time to time, I added some contrasting tinier scraps.

Pendant des semaines et des mois, j'ai groupé des petits restes par couleur. J'ai parfois ajouté des restes encore plus petits de couleur contrastante.

The groups are 30 to 50 cm long. The harvest is growing...

Les groupes mesurent de 30 à 50 cm de long. La récolte avance...

When I think I have enough material, I sort them by color...

Quand je pense que j'ai assez de matière, je les trie par couleur...

Now is the real fun time. I mark the final size of my quilt on my pin board with a black thread and pins. And I start arranging my strips...

C'est maintenant que c'est agréable. Je marque la taille définitive de mon quilt sur mon panneau d'affichage avec du fil noir et des épingles. Et je commence à arranger mes bandes...

I create longer fabric strips and then I free hand cut and sew them. It's a bit of a challenge to keep the whole thing flat!!

Je crée des bandes plus longues puis je les coupe et les couds de façon spontanée. C'est un peu un défi de garder le tout plat!

But one day I was finished and it was time to quilt!!

Mais un jour j'ai terminé et c'était le moment de quilter!!

I made two quilts and they are called "Color Fields 1 & 2". They measure 97 cm / 97 cm. They'll hang at my exhibition in Avenches, Switzerland in October 2019.  Eloge du Fil

J'en ai fait deux et ils s'appellent "Color Fields 1 & 2". Ils mesurent 97 cm de côté. Ils seront exposés à mon exposition à Avenches, Suisse en octobre 2019. Eloge du Fil

13 commentaires

  1. sooo amazing! Beautiful!

  2. Thank you for this generous sharing, I wanted to run up stairs and start cutting up my scraps, must make dinner first. I will for sure be doing this with my many boxes of scraps.
    Bev Longford

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  4. bonne idée pour vider la boite à bouts! bravo!

    1. Hello Bernie! Malgré deux grands quilts, je ne vois pas encore vraiment de différence dans ma boite de restes!

  5. Oh my goodness, how fabulously amazing! To think this most beautiful quilt is made from all those scraps you have collected through the years. This quilt is truly inspired!

  6. Oh I would love to try this, hope that's ok?

  7. Wow, what a wonderful way to start my day..... finding this blog and this most amazing work of art. Thanks so much for sharing this quilt and congratulations on your art exhibit. From Maine, USA

  8. Hi from one scrap saver to another. I love the way you work - very different from mine. I too use very small pieces and still have some bits left from my very first patchwork project. Since the pandemic I have also done lots of hand stitched raw edge applique of pieced scraps cut into strips. Last year I was given a large bag of bits from a US quilter who had been tidying her studio and was going to throw them away - gorgeous hand dyed colours and some screen printed - lovely to mix in with mine. I had to smile when I read you probably won't need to buy any more fabric for the rest of your life!


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