Juanita Sauve Art Quilts: With fabric and paints I capture landscapes, people and ideas, designing colourful, one-of-a-kind hand-stitched wall hangings. Inspiration is everywhere around us. My work tells a story - about me, about my world, and my ideas and values.
I finally finished my mosaic lizard (iguana?). It still doesn't have a name - any ideas? This was a challenge piece with two friends to use a mosaic design. I haven't seem their contributions yet but I will post them too. I started by drawing a lizard in my sketch book, colouring it with pencil crayons, and dividing it into squares. Each square was to represent 1 inch. Then I prepared some fused fabrics and started laying them on a piece of black cotton. Once I had the shades I wanted, I ironed them down, added batting and backing and started quilting using 4 colours of thread throughout. Some of the pieces didn't fuse perfectly so I glued down the edges with a tacky glue which worked well with the cotton fabrics and didn't show through. I cut the backing a little bigger than the piece and used it for my binding. It was very freeing to take a bunch of one inch squares and just place them wherever. Click on photo for a close up view.
You can see my work at juanitasauvefibreart on Instagram.
It was when I was working as a social worker that I began quilting. For the last 20 years I have been creating art quilts, mostly stitched by hand. Recently I have added machine stitching to some of my pieces. I still love hand stitching and create many hand embroidered pieces often with painted backgrounds. I find inspiration in the natural world and there is usually a story behind the inspiration for my pieces.
I now stitch full time and love learning about fibre and exhibiting, and selling my work. I learn from other artists, workshops, quilting magazines and books, fibre arts groups, and friendly challenges. Visit my website at www.juanitasauveartquilts.com and my shop JuanitaSauveFibreArtonEtsy All photos and artwork on this site are the sole property of the site owner/ copyrighted by the author and not to be copied or reproduced without my permission. Enjoy your visit!