The Making of an Art Quilt, “God and Country” by Emily Easley

God and Country
God and Country

God and Country started out the same as any other piece, except that I had no idea what I was to do. I signed up for a Live Painting session for May back in March, so naturally, I assumed I had all this time on my hands, right? Well, that time soon was consumed and before I knew it, it was two weeks before I needed to have something!

I had too many ideas; I was flooded with excitement, ideas, and visuals. I couldn’t keep focused on one topic, one vision. I really was stuck.  Eventually, it struck me smack in the face, gut and heart.  I saw an image that stood out. It was simple; it was perfect. An American flag waving in front of a cross with the sun shining brightly through.

Sometimes, we have to sit on our heels a bit and let the confusion disperse. Sometimes, we have to breathe and just trust that God will take the wheel. And when he does, I just turn my face up and say “Alright.” Sometimes, the hardest part is trusting that it will all come together.

I played with the image in Photoshop until it’s suitable for fabric. I call it “cartooning” because basically that’s what I do.  I flattening colors,shades and hues, define shapes and lines. And when I’m done, I flip the image so it’s in reverse, like in a mirror, and either print or trace my pattern. And from there, the magic happens.

Once I have a pattern to work from, I use fusible web to trace a piece and iron on fabric.  I then begin pinning everything to my background.

Freezer paper template
Freezer paper template

For my cross in the center, I used freezer paper as a template to work my fabric puzzle pieces around. Freezer paper has a slight waxy coating on one side that is great for ironing on fabric as templates for applique and it does not leave any residue.

Once I’m done, I then have to iron on smaller pieces of fabric to larger pieces, and dissemble it if I’m presenting during a live audience.  Otherwise, I’ll just continue to iron everything done.




Basting the quilt
Basting the quilt

After the top is pressed and ironed, I make my standard “quilt sandwich” and begin sewing/quilting.






2015-06-10 22.21.14This piece utilizes a variety of cottons, batiks and artist hand-dyed fabrics; raw edge machine appliqued and machine quilted.  .


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