Monday, February 1, 2016

Four-In-Art Q1: Color: Microscopic

 Its a new year for our Four-In-Art group for making art quilts.  We've changed up the group a bit and relaxed the size rules and this year the overall theme is Color.
 When I heard the first quarter's theme was microscopic I started searching on the internet. (what did we do without Google?)
And I came across these amazing images by Fabian Oefner.  You can find an interesting interview on *this website* and his own website is  The technique he uses is watercolors and something called a ferrofluid.  I highly recommend you go read about it.  There are more images as well. And yes, I even got permission to use the images as inspiration.

And so I give you my inspiration quilt:

Microscopic Color

 This is essentially a whole cloth quilt: quilted then painted with Inktense Pencils.
 A few close up shots.

 It ended up about 13"x10".  The thread painting/drawing is all Black Aurifil Thread.  Two layers of Pellon Soft and Crafty cotton batting.  The fabric is Kona White. The binding is Kona Black.
 The very boring back - and yes, as I write this no label either.  Tomorrow, I promise.


  1. This brings up lots of interesting questions! I love your ingenuity in finding a way to render Fabian's photos! It would not have occured to me to use black thread play! And, why not use markers? There are no rules only solutions that work?! cheers!

  2. Wow! This is stunning Rachel!!! I love the colour and the movement you've created with thread and pencils! Beautiful!

  3. Rachel,
    You've created another and intriguing art quilt, showing me once again, how to expand my horizons. I commented further on your blog. Excellent job!