I have been working on iPad covers at last. Some I am making a little wider as many iPads now come with a slim cover which people leave attached. As you can see I have been having lots of fun creating the covers.
On the left is an image from the granite belt is southern Queensland. You just wander around and there are all of these boulders which seem barely balanced, as though some great flood left them there. The drawing is a screen-print which I have painted with Procion dyes and then discharged back to give splashes of bright light. Before quilting the design, I added thread painting to highlight the rocks and grasses.
On the right is a recent lino-cut of a callistemon plant, often known as the bottlebrush. I was really thrilled with the fine lines I achieved with the blossom on the right. I have quilted around the design and over the whole cover.
Quilted covers, reverse side
From this image you can see the variation in the direction of the lines in the quilting.
These photos show the Velcro strips used to give a strong closure to the cover. I have used lovely cotton fabrics throughout, for the covers and the linings. Inside is quilt wadding to give the lovely loft feel to the quilting, then I have added bag felt to make the cover sturdy. This set of six, reflect outback colours. I next plan to work on water aspects and blues, as I know everyone has a favourite colour way!
quilted covers with lino-cuts
These covers are decorated with lino-cuts. The first one is of gum leaves, the second is a coastal banksia. The gumleaf fabric was coloured with eco dyes before printing. The banksia fabric was coloured with Liquid Radiance.
Here you can view the fabrics chosen for the linings.
quilted, padded covers
These have quiet bush fabrics chosen for the covers. Through the gumleaf cover, I have quilted gum leaves.
These fantastic gums were in outback Western Australia. I just loved the stark black and white of the trees. Both of these designs are screen prints, painted with dyes. With the quilting I have reflected the landscape around the images. With the Olgas I have drawn (with machine stitching) rocks and grasses. With the gum trees I have drawn grasses and little pebbles.
Inside The Olgas cover I have used an Australian wildflower design by Leesa Chandler of Chandlers Cottage.
The outback designs, quilted and padded.
The quilting designs show up especially on the Olgas cover. I hand dyed the fabrics, trying to pick up the variety of colours you see everywhere in the outback.