Okay so, the gnarled looking pretty mess below was born from a book by M. Joan Lintault, Connecting Quilts, Art & Textiles. The works in the book connect textiles in all manner of creative ways so I decided to try and adhere to those principals.
I spread out some water soluble stabilizer and sandwiched a bunch of pastel colored fibers together with a few iron on floral appliques between it. Pinned all of the layers and stitched a grid on the surface so that when I washed out the stabilizer, it wouldn’t completely fall apart. I love the colorway and the textures which remind me of coral reef which is why I named the piece “Floral Reef.” I plan on using it as the springboard for an art quilt project.
The apple colored silk fabric underneath was used just as a backdrop for the photo. Oh, please forgive the paint splattered work table mat. I admit it. I’m one of those messy artist types.