Paint to fabric |

Paint to fabric

Speaker teaches Quilting Guild how to add effects without a needle

Center: "Orchid #1," quilt by Annette Kennedy. "Several of the fabrics used in this piece were painted prior to construction of the quilt surface," Kennedy said. "Paint was used to aid blending of the various values of yellow fabrics and red paint was used to create depth in the center of the three flower sections." Top: "Garden Wall," quilt by Annette Kennedy. "All of the elements I used on this quilt have had paint used on them in some amount," Kennedy said. Top right: "Fruit for the Wine," quilt by Annette Kennedy. "The bottom golden fabric was painted, as well as the vein lines on the leaves and some shadows," Kennedy said. Right: "Light, Reflection, Shadows," quilt by Annette Kennedy. "The glass disc above the lamp and the glass in the sides of the lamp were created with only paint," Kennedy said. "Lots of shadows creating details and blending color value transitions were painted over the entire surface." Bottom Right: "Stargazer Glow," quilt by Annette Kennedy. Bottom: "Rocky Mountain Summer Sunrise," quilt by Annette Kennedy. Kennedy's quilts are inspired by photographs she takes while hiking with her husband. Bottom left: Pictured here is the Delectable Mountain Quilting Guild's raffle quilt that represents all four seasons. Left: "Aspen Splendor," quilt by Annette Kennedy. No paint was used on this quit and it was created in 2003. Top left: "Moonlight Cafe," quilt by Annette Kennedy. "Much shadowing was done to create the mood of the piece," Kennedy said. "The face was painted with fabric markers and was created in 2005."
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Annette Kennedy’s mother started quilting when Kennedy married her junior high school sweetheart and moved away from home.

Kennedy began quilting for a similar reason.

“When my only child went to college, I was devastated,” Kennedy said. “I decided I would make him a quilt so he would remember that his mom still loves him.”

Kennedy had always shied away from quilting because she saw how long it took her mother to complete one. Then she discovered she could make quilts with a sewing machine.

Kennedy, who has been quilting for five years, was brought to Steamboat Springs by the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild to lead a workshop about how to add paint to quilts.

“It’s just another way to embellish your quilt,” Kennedy said. “You can create pieces that are a cross between quilting and painting.”

Kennedy began using paints to add shadows, depth and details to her pictorial quilts.

“I now use a fused applique technique as opposed to just making a geometrical quilt,” Kennedy said. “What made me think to paint was from the folk art painting I learned. That painting technique would take flat objects and give them depth.”

Kennedy is one of many speakers the Guild brings to its monthly meetings. The Guild is a group of about 50 local quilters of varying abilities.

“We meet every third Monday of the month to promote education and the enjoyment of quilting in the community,” said Sharon Yannaccone, president of the Guild. “We present different speakers within the community and outside areas to bring in a different element to our quilting repertoire.”

Like any group, Guild members have their own particular styles and tastes.

“It’s just a creative lot. Some people take to paint, paper or write. We take to sewing,” said Madeleine Vail, chairperson of the Guild’s raffle committee. “Some people like to do old-fashioned designs. For myself, I never take that avenue. I take the side streets.”

Deb Perkins, vice president of the Guild, participated in Kennedy’s workshop to learn a new technique to create shadowing and detailing effects.

“For years I would embroider to bring out things,” Perkins said. “I don’t know how to paint and was nervous, but I did a good job.”

Of the 11 people who took part in the workshop, only two were artists or painters.

“I was impressed that nine of us (quilters) went outside our comfort zone,” Perkins said. “But the quilts (Kennedy creates) look like stained glass, and it is better than cutting out 5,000 teeny pieces of fabrics and sewing them together.”

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