Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Steampunk (Gear Head)

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. There are 20 artists literally from all over the world and I have met none of them. The group has had a huge change in membership and the current group of 20 people seem to be excited about producing a small challenge quilt every other month which was not the case in the past. This challenge is Steampunk which isn't really a challenge since it is one of my favorite things! I have a Pinterest board devoted to steampunk fashions. I already made a larger more detailed steampunk quilt which is at the bottom of this post in which I used a variety of lames. velvets, gears and repurposed jewelry. This quilt has been entered in various quilt shows and has won a few awards.     I decided to use the same turquoise and orange color scheme as the first quilt but simplify it. No garment or hat due to size restrictions. I chose to have a variety of gears in a variety of colors, textures and fabrics as the portrait hair. I call it "Gear Head!" I Googled clip art of gears to get the different shapes and sizes of gears and just started placing and fusing.

Today is reveal day for my Facebook Art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. There are 20 artists literally from all over the world and I have met none of them. The group has had a huge change in membership and the current group of 20 people seem to be excited about producing a small challenge quilt every other month which was not the case in the past. This challenge is Steampunk which isn't really a challenge since it is one of my favorite things! I have a Pinterest board devoted to steampunk fashions. I already made a larger more detailed steampunk quilt which is at the bottom of this post in which I used a variety of lames. velvets, gears and repurposed jewelry. This quilt has been entered in various quilt shows and has won a few awards. 

I decided to use the same turquoise and orange color scheme as the first quilt but simplify it. No garment or hat due to size restrictions. I chose to have a variety of gears in a variety of colors, textures and fabrics as the portrait hair. I call it "Gear Head!" I Googled clip art of gears to get the different shapes and sizes of gears and just started placing and fusing.

This is the close up of the face. Again I used Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics for the skin tones because I love them! I used the same turquoise lame on the eye lids as in the gears. I found a hand dyed brown velvet for the lips. When one sews garments with velvet the nap of the velvet must go in the same direction or it looks like different shades. I purposely placed the upper and lower lip applique pieces in the opposite direction to look like two different fabrics. I used two glitter nail polishes in the eye area.

This is the close up of the face. Again I used Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics for the skin tones because I love them! I used the same turquoise lame on the eye lids as in the gears. I found a hand dyed brown velvet for the lips. When one sews garments with velvet the nap of the velvet must go in the same direction or it looks like different shades. I purposely placed the upper and lower lip applique pieces in the opposite direction to look like two different fabrics. I used two glitter nail polishes in the eye area.

Since there wasn't room for a garment I Pinterest searched steampunk clothing again to see what I could add to the neck area and found a ruffled choker necklace. I used a taffeta olive green for the base and some old fashioned looking trim which I hand gathered and a repurposed button from my stash. Success!

Since there wasn't room for a garment I Pinterest searched steampunk clothing again to see what I could add to the neck area and found a ruffled choker necklace. I used a taffeta olive green for the base and some old fashioned looking trim which I hand gathered and a repurposed button from my stash. Success!

The background fabric was selected because it looked simple with a hint of gold and it also appeared old fashioned. I used two lames, a leather-like lame, gold embossed fabrics and rusty looking brown for the gear fabrics. I purchases metal gears from two different stores and hand sewed them sporadically to the quilt.

The background fabric was selected because it looked simple with a hint of gold and it also appeared old fashioned. I used two lames, a leather-like lame, gold embossed fabrics and rusty looking brown for the gear fabrics. I purchases metal gears from two different stores and hand sewed them sporadically to the quilt.

This is my original steampunk quilt which is featured on the PBS TV show "Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin." It is one of my favorite quilts!  The next challenge due November is one I got to pick. I chose the art movement Pop Art. I love Andy Warhol, bright colors, cartoon people, use of words in art and repetition of images (soup cans.)

This is my original steampunk quilt which is featured on the PBS TV show "Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin." It is one of my favorite quilts!

The next challenge due November is one I got to pick. I chose the art movement Pop Art. I love Andy Warhol, bright colors, cartoon people, use of words in art and repetition of images (soup cans.)

Steam Punk Quilt: Brigadier Victoria Locke-Ceesay

I have wanted to make a steam punk themed quilt for over a year. I looked at all the different fashions, hairstyles, hats and jewelry at Pinterest. I saw a lot of muted browns, golds, and rusts since it was old fashioned and bright fabric dyes hadn't been invented. Steampunk mixes the Victorian Era fashions and decorations with the Industrial Revolution (gears, keys, flight, trains, bicycles, clocks.) I loved the old fashioned corsets, fancy hats, gears and peacock feathers. I just couldn't start this quilt until the "right" fabrics were in my possession. This summer a local woman called Vicki gave me a nice stash of specialty fabrics and there was a considerable amount of the turquoise, gold bronze and brown plaid lame. The minute I saw it I knew it was the outside border and the color scheme came together. The lame is very crunchy, noisy and has a paper-like feel and is lightweight but does not unravel. I also used lame from Vicki for the corset, hat brim edge and the hat band and ribbon. The other fabrics are commercial batiks and cottons.

 The huge peacock plume was a bit difficult to draw out the applique pattern but once it was sewn down I really love the affect.
 I used some white fabric paint to get the reflection in the goggles, eye area and the mouth. I have some glitter nail polish on the eyelids and mouth. I was given a box of embellishments from my local quilt guild when I stepped down as program coordinator and there were pieces of vintage jewelry in the box. I reworked a few pieces to create the necklace centerpiece. The bronzy rhinestones were purchased at Joann Fabrics in the bead department and the whole thing appears weathered and worn.
I also found a bag of metal gears at Joann Fabrics which I hand sewed randomly on the quilt. I googled gear clip art and printed a few simple gear motifs using Carol Doak's foundation paper. I sewed over the lines to get the gear design and did some tiny stippling in the gear openings to get a secondary gear design.
 
Then I always title my quilts and was stumbling a bit with this one. I found a website where you can get a steampunk name based on your own name. I didn't like my converted name but I liked parts of it and I also used parts of my daughter's name version. I used Victoria as the first name because my friend Vicki contributed to the great plaid border fabric and lames and because of the Victorian Era. I combined my mom's maiden name "Locke" with my last name to get "Brigadier Victoria Locke-Ceesay."
I will enter this quilt is a few upcoming quilt shows in 2015.