rusty quilt

February 21, 2014

It all started about one year ago after I visited a friend’s exhibition near my home. My friend is a sculptor, someone who looks at things she finds here and there in a way you and I may not always do. Marie-Chantal collects driftwood, pebbles, metallic parts, all kinds of abandoned objects transformed over  time and permanent evolution. Corroded steel is probably her favourite material to create her sculptures. She associates stone to solidity, wood is her symbol of evolution,  paper means malleability, glass she uses for transparence. Marie-Chantal likes to cite the philosopher Heraclite :

“The absence of consistency of things which move endlessly, never stay like they  were originally and that can transform themselves into their contrary”

To show you how her sculptures look like, you may wish to open this link on her website and see how inspired I was by her creativity :

Here is the result of my inspiration.

rusty quiltA quilt made little by little putting together many scraps. Rough and soft materials that looked “rusty” to me, textures like gunny, raffia, corduroy,  copper threads, cotton, linen, wool or softer fabrics like gauze and raw silk.

rusty quilt 2 détails

DSCN1281It was a challenge to work with  materials whose texture did not always blend in nor fit perfectly with others. I used my scraps like Marie-Chantal used her little bits of stone, wood, corroded steel or glass. Looking differently at  things bring you lots of joy too.

And now, a long delayed work that I look forward to create. More scraps and more memories, dear ones. Pieces of materials, handkerchiefs, aprons, pillow cases, napkins and more that belonged to my mother. i am not sure yet what I will do at the end but I do look forward to remember moments, events, words and thoughts as I will sew these small pieces together.

scraps mamannew quilt with scraps


17 Responses to “rusty quilt”

  1. Ángela said

    Isa, this is a beautiful piece of art. I took the liberty of pinning it on my pinterest board. Congratulations for your achievement. I look forward to seeing your next work.

    • Thanks Angela, I appreciate your words and am glad you visited, your own blog contains much beauty. Some of my other quilts are showed at the very bottom of the home page under “Categories” (quilting).

  2. Oooh the piece that you made I would title “an eye to the world or an eye is watching you.” The one piece in the center seems to be an eye. I like your creation very much .

    • Hello Yvonne and thank you for your words. An eye to the world ? Why not, I had not thought of it but you are right, it looks like it. Glad you like this quilt, I enjoyed putting it together too.

  3. Sartenada said

    Bonjour Isa.

    Très habilement fait, bien sélectionnés beaux tissus qui sont tous en bonne harmonie. Félicitations!

    Bon week-end!

  4. shoreacres said

    What a beautiful piece, Isa. It has for me a very African feel – like the Liberian countryside in the dry season, when red dust coats everything. Your friend’s work reminds me of the American sculptor Louise Nevelson. Her constructions often are painted, which gives them a different aura, but she also is one who likes to collect and juxtapose “found” items.

    What a pleasure it will be to work with your mother’s treasures. I dearly love the quilt I have which was made by my mother and grandmother (and friends, I presume). I still can look at it remember this dress or that shirt – such a precious possession!

    • Thank you Linda, I appreciated your comments and how you went further in mentioning the American sculptor Louise Nevelson. I sent a link about her to Marie-Chantal, I am sure she will be interesting to see L. Nevelson’s artworks. Personally I liked very much her three dimensions constructions (boxes). Either in Ukraina or in Russia artist were very creative with their wooden sculptures. And still are, I suppose.

      I look forward to sewing more some of my mother’s treasures. I do it by hand. I find it very relaxing. Moments between her and me.

  5. Truels said

    I know that I have written this quite a few times before: But you’re a great artist to make these quilts. I love them. They are unique and beautiful. Wonderful to be lucky to see them when I for the first time for six months visit your blog!

    • Thanks a lot Truels, it is nice to read you again. How time flies… six months have passed, really ? In any case I am happy your problems could be taken care of and I look forward to seeing more pictures from Danemark or elsewhere.

  6. frilka said

    fantastic – wonderful mix of colours and shapes 🙂

  7. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring, Isa! I SO wish I had the courage to think outside the box with my quilting. I can “think it”, but never “do it”! All of my quilts turn out to be nine-patch or something very similar. One of these days…!

    • Hello Tamara and thank you for your visit and words. For a long time my quilts were also nine-patch and logcabin. Then I started looking here and here and saw that improv’ quilts were attractive too, especially the Gee Bend’s style. The scrappy ones too. And I tried my own style and above all the colors I liked put together in stripes, squares, all kind of forms. Just following my inspiration. Try it, Tamara, you have got the right technic, now just let your imagination sew away 🙂 Good luck, you will make it the way you want it

  8. fanfoulon said

    ” The result of your inspiration ” is absolutely marvellous !
    Merci à ton amie Marie-Chantal, sur les sites de laquelle je suis allée me promener avec bonheur. Ce quilt est magnifique et ce camaïeux de couleurs naturelles une véritable œuvre d’art ! Mais où le caches-tu, je ne l’ai jamais vu ? Bravo Isabelle

    • Merci fanfoulon. J’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir à utiliser des tissus plus rugueux et moins légers que d’habitude. Tu l’as vu ce quilt lors de la visite de Juan, à côté du scriban. M.-Chantal expose ses oeuvres de temps en temps, je te dirai si elle se présente de ton côté.

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