Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Belles Bouteilles

Quilt Documentation # 135

Belles Bouteilles

This was an exercise in transparency using organza. It is a little tricky to work with as it is very slippery and also frays easily.

applique detail

I was able to get the shadows by layering the organza which was fused and quilted to the bargello background before sandwiching the batting and backing. Each bottle was appliqued with 2 rows of stitching and then cut out.

applique/quilting detail

The background was quilted with many different designs. This is one of my favourite way of quilting backgrounds to add interest and more fun for me to do. Can you tell I get bored doing the same thing over and over?



The highlights were painted on, using silver metallic paint.

painted highlight

This quilt was juried into Quilt Canada 2010 in Calgary, Alberta.

Belles Bouteilles - back, labels

The bargello had been made for another project that never got finished, so I thought it would worked for a background for this project, however......

The judges' critiques:

All three judges thought that the transparency effect was achieved successfully and they liked the quilting. However, one judge thought that the “diagonal line through top of two bottles is disturbing to the eye” and another thought that the “bargello overpowers bottles”.

Good lesson learned! Watch your backgrounds.

I am linking to The Needle and Thread Network, a website featuring Canadian fibre artists and Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday. Go check out the wonderful fibre art!

Happy quilting,


Quilt Name: Belles Bouteilles
Description: Organza Applique on Bargello background
Pattern: Original
Size: 17½” x 22½”
Fabrics: 100% cotton- Organza
Predominant colours: Blue, green, beige, gold, orange, brown
Construction Techniques: Bargello, machine applique
Back: batik
Batting: cotton
Edge finish: single fold ¼” binding
Quilting: Free motion quilted on Domestic Machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: yes
Date completed: 2009
Quilt History: Displayed at the 2011 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters' Guild Show, at Museum of Northern History
Maker: Terry Whyte


Mary Ann said...

What a wonderful quilt. I love the layering of the organza to get the shadows....very cool idea:)

M-R Charbonneau said...

Wow, it's beautiful!

Linda said...


Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Very nice! Shadows with organza is delightful. Great job.

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Great technique with the organza! Love your quilting, too!

Sam said...

I really like the effect. I think you did a great job on the organza.

Nina Marie said...

congrats on the finish - I really love how they shadow each other - its quite effective!

Nancy Bowron said...

Amazing! I like your quilting variety - I get bored too : )

Carol A. Babineau said...

Personally I though that the bottles were done very nicely and it was like they were "real" bottles which you can see through.

Anonymous said...

Very impressive work. I especially like all of the FMQ!

Kit Lang said...

I love how you achieved the transparency - it looks great!