3D Quilts- real, not illusory

Making things in 3D, real and not illusory, is a challenge I enjoy. I think it started with a couple origami books that probably my father bought when I was a child. I made every model in both books. I went on to making other paper models of things like polyhedrons, imaginary birds, etc. when in college.

I moved on to quilts, then came back to 3D by combining 3D and quilts. Both of the following quilts were made last year.

corrugated tessellation #1

Corrugated Tessellation #1

Technically, by the commonly accepted definition of a quilt as having two layers of fabric with a batt (which is sometime fabric or other material) in between and stitching holding together the three layer, Corrugated Tessellation #1 is a quilt. Although it has more than three layers, what and how it is quilted might be considered questionable my some. The top layer of fabric is machine stitched to a layer of stabilizer. The black back fabric encases a couple layers of heavyweight stabilizer (which are stitched together). And finally the folded top is hand stitched to the flat back with beads in the valleys. The beads on the peaks serve not only decoration, but hold the shape of folded intersections.

corrugated tessellation #1 close up

This small quilt is 12″ x 12″ x 1″. It utilizes a lightweight stabilizer as the batting on the 3D part and a heavy weight stabilizer for the 2D part.

Blue and White Double Pleat Square Tessellation Garden

Blue and White Double Pleat Square Tessellation Garden

Another small 3D quilt. It is approximately 15.25″ x 15.25″ x 1.25″. The blue fabric is one piece (except the border) and the white flowers are separate units tucked into the folds of the blue fabric. Both the white fabric and the hand dyed blue fabric were hand colored with texture rubbings using pastel dye sticks. When the pleats were folded, the textures were not visible until the pleats were pulled up and stitched together with beads to form square flowers.

blue and white double pleat close up

The quilt is self batted, meaning the folds of both the blue and the white fabrics become the inner layer that is used as the batting, with the layers held together with machine quilting.

I tend to not like picking favorites, since each quilt has something about it that makes it special, but this is one of my favorites.

Instead of limiting myself to just quilts, I have expanded into anything fiber, and lately it is three dimensional that holds my interest.

Note: the pictures are not very good representations of the quilts for two reasons. It is difficult for me to photograph them and one of my photo bulbs died so the lighting was even more compromised.


5 thoughts on “3D Quilts- real, not illusory

  1. These are awesome, as is all your work. The addition of the background information is nice to know. So glad you are posting these for the world to see. Hope these are going to be in the RQG quilt show in the fall. Linda

    • Linda, Thank you for the lovely compliment. I am just having fun exploring and like sharing with others. Yes, I do plan to enter them in the RQG show. I have another 3D idea percolating that needs to be created, which I hope to get to soon so there might be another for the show.

  2. What amazing quilts! I’ve never seen one rendered in 3D before, but the effect is stunning!
    So glad you liked the photos of the Edgeworthia. How I wish the photo could also capture the frangrance! I’ve loved having the little white flower buds in the garden all winter, and now it is nice to finally see how they open out. These shrubs grow well in zones 7-9, so if you are in northern or central Florida it should do well for you. I’ve always admired the Florida Anise, but of course have never been able to grow one. Thank you for stopping by Forest Garden today. Best wishes, WG

  3. Actually, the Illicium Floridanum (Florida Anise) is not supposed to grow in our areas (zone 7), but the two bushes liked where I planted them. They were rescued from my father’s yard. He purchased them from Wayside Garden catalog. Years after I transplanted them, I called Wayside to ask what kind of environment to plant them in to see if I had placed them well, he told me that they quit selling them because they don’t grow well outside Florida, but since mine were doing well, just keep doing what I was doing, which was nothing. I planted them in mostly shade with morning sun. I only water them if we have a draught. They might work for you.

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