I have been working with my dyed and painted fabrics inspired by sushi. It is always a major decision to take the scissors or rotary cutter to any fabric and make those first incisions - goodness that sounds like major surgery but perhaps it's a quilter's version! Anyway, I took the plunge and started to cut them up. I had always intended to mix and match two of them so this is the first one starting to take shape.
The background was painted with a chisel nibbed pen filled with dye. It was most satisfying drawing these large free form spirals. The coloured circles were also painted with dye using the same pen. I like the wasabi green and the salmon pink! These circles were cut from a larger painted fabric and since arranging them as above I have bonded each shape onto felt and these will eventually be appliquéd to the background once it has been quilted.
The shapes are intentionally not perfect circles to echo the slightly irregular shapes of the sushi.
I love the marks made by the pen as it is moved across the cloth. These were such fun to paint.
The next stage will be to quilt the background so that I can decide how to apply these shapes on to it. I think I shall quilt it with large swirling spirals, we shall see!
Speak to you soon